For the first time this season, the Los Alamos football team combined an offensive spectacle with an equally as impressive defensive performance.
The Hilltoppers exploded to a 51-14 victory at Gallup on Friday. Los Alamos improved to 2-3 on the season, while the Bengals fell to 2-2.
The defense got it started for Los Alamos, as Ryan McNeil picked off the Gallup quarterback on the Bengals second offensive play of the game.
McNeil’s interception set the Hilltoppers offense with great field position. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Los Alamos made Gallup pay, as Nick Quartieri found the end zone to open the scoring.
Los Alamos made it 14-0 when Quartieri found Travis Gonzales for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 55 seconds left in the first quarter.
On Gallup’s next possession, the Hilltoppers defense continued to pile on the pressure on Bengals quarterback Kevin Stewart, who was replacing original starter Dominick Stewart. Dominick Stewart missed Friday’s game due to suspension.
With 4:18 left in the second quarter, Quartieri struck again on a 66-yard touchdown run that gave Los Alamos a 21-0 lead. The Hilltoppers added a field goal moments before the end of the half to take 24-0 lead at the break.