The Los Alamos football team was able to run its offense efficiently and take advantage of Pojoaque Valley mistakes in Friday’s season opener.
The Hilltoppers (1-0) began the 2016 season with a 63-24 win against Pojoaque at Sullivan Field. The 63 points were the most Los Alamos has scored in a game since 2007.
Los Alamos was led by 294 rush yards and 330 yards of total offense.
Leading the Hilltoppers were senior quarterback Nick Quartieri and sophomore fullback Dylan Irish. Quartieri rushed for 96 yards and five touchdowns, while Irish amassed 99 yards on the ground and added one touchdown.
After Los Alamos recovered a Pojoaque fumble at the Elk 25-yard line, Quartieri got the scoring started with a 12-yard touchdown run with 5:21 left in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers scored again three minutes later after a Quartieri seven-yard touchdown run.
Early in the second quarter, Quartieri garnered his third touchdown of the game with a 23-yard touchdown run to put Los Alamos ahead 23-0 with 10:16 remaining in the first half.
Pojoaque got on the board when Elks quarterback Daniel Rael scored a 13-yard rushing touchdown with 6:12 left in the second quarter.
Irish increased the Los Alamos lead to 30-6 when he scored a five-yard rushing touchdown.