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Atomic City Update: Don’t look ahead: Enjoy LAHS football’s best start since 2007

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By Phil Scherer

As sports fans, it’s often easy to forget about the present and start worrying about the future. It is especially bad in professional sports, where fans constantly worry about a player’s contract future, and who will replace them when they are gone. In a fan’s mind, a regular season often loses its significance. It is difficult for some people to just enjoy every game as it comes, because they are so worried about how every game affects their favorite team’s chances of advancing to the playoffs. 

When the season really does end, fans are often filled with regret because they did not enjoy the season as much as they should have because they were always filled with thoughts of what came next. 

This seems especially relevant right now, as the Los Alamos High School football team is off to its best start since 2007. 

Currently, the Hilltoppers have a 4-1 record, with the team’s only loss coming on the road against Class 4A’s top team, Taos. 

The start has been impressive, especially as many starting players have dealt with injuries, specifically quarterback Dylan Irish and running back Cade Yost. 

In the win two weeks ago against Bloomfield, the Hilltoppers had scoring drives of 15, 16 and 21 plays. 

That kind of offensive consistency is impressive and should not be taken for granted. 

I just want people to appreciate what the team has done, because it has rarely been done in Los Alamos. That 2007 team I mentioned earlier finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, and many of those games were complete blowouts. There was a 61-0 win over Taos in mid-October and a 95-0 win over Bernalillo in early November. 

However, it all came crashing down in the first round of the playoffs, when the Hilltoppers lost 37-0 against Moriarty. 

A great season can be over in the blink of an eye, and you almost never see it coming. 

I have no idea what the rest of the season holds for the Hilltoppers. 

Maybe they will make their return to the playoffs. Maybe not. Maybe LAHS will win against Capital and Del Norte the final two games of the season, a task that has seemed impossible in recent years. Maybe they won’t. 

There is no way of knowing if this hot start will continue, but it sure has been fun to this point. 

If you haven’t made it out to Sullivan Field for a game recently, this is the year to do it. Both home games so far have been tons of fun, with a 57-12 win over Española Valley the first week of the season and a 28-20 win over heavily-favored Bloomfield a couple weeks ago. 

It is a team that truly believes it can accomplish great things. The coaches and players are having tons of fun, and the long process back to good football has made significant progress. 

As long as everyone stays in the present, and stops worrying about the future, it will be a fun ride the rest of the way.