After lots of tough games, the Hilltopper football team should be battle-ready as it begins its District 2-5A season.
Los Alamos (2-4) starts its district play tonight at Capital (4-2).
The district looks like a pretty wide-open race.
Based on MaxPreps playoff predictions, Española Valley is the only team from the district picked to make the playoffs. The undefeated Sundevils (6-0) are predicted to grab the 11th seed, out of 12 teams that make the tournament, in the Class 5A bracket.
Española not only has the best record in the league, it has already guaranteed itself a winning record. The Sundevils, however, haven’t played a single team predicted to make the state tournament.
Capital has the district’s only win against a team predicted to make it to state. Capital beat Robertson, the ninth-ranked team in Class 4A, 50-28.
Capital and Del Norte are currently on the playoff bubble, sitting in 14th and 15th, respectively.
Del Norte was the only team from the district that made the state tournament last year — the Knights got the 12th seed.
Los Alamos and Del Norte (2-4) have had arguably the toughest schedules so far.
Three of Los Alamos’ losses have been against teams predicted to make the Class 5A state playoffs.