ESPAÑOLA — It took two long months for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to get over the hump.
After struggling this entire season, the Hilltoppers finally broke into the win column Friday night, and managed to do so in a tough place: Española Valley.
Los Alamos had to gut it out through a sloppy fourth quarter, but held on for a 38-28 victory over the Sundevils.
The two teams were playing for a chance to stay alive in the District 2-5A race, although both teams needed not just a win but also some help in order to do so. It was Los Alamos that ended up getting both, not only picking up the win but getting the win it needed from Del Norte, which crushed Capital 41-7 Friday night, to stay alive.
Now, with a winnable game scheduled for next week at Bernalillo, Los Alamos could find itself in a position that seemed almost absurd just days ago: a chance to play for the district title and the right to go to the state playoffs.
“We knew we needed to win,” said Hilltopper fullback Derek Selvage, who had a monster game against the Sundevils. “We haven’t had many guys out (for football) this season, but we’ve had as many guys as we’ve needed.”