MORIARTY — The good news is the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team started to make a few plays in week three.
The bad news is, and continues to be, the Hilltoppers aren’t making enough of them to balance out the plays that aren’t being made.
Moriarty scored twice early in the first quarter, 41 seconds apart and tacked on another touchdown with about three minutes left in the quarter to jump out to a huge 20-0 lead.
The two teams played even the rest of the way Friday, but the Pintos prevailed handily 27-7.
The Pintos needed just five plays to score on their opening possession of the contest, then, on the Hilltoppers’ opening possession, forced a fumble that was run back 50 yards by linebacker Daniel Anaya to go up 14-0 with under three minutes expired.
It’s been a trying start to the season for Los Alamos, which slips to 0-3 with the loss and has scored just three times in those three games — all of those scores coming in the fourth quarter after the games’ outcomes were all but determined.