Football players earn all-district honors

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By Phil Scherer

Though the ultimate result wasn’t what the team had in mind, several members of the Los Alamos High School football team had outstanding individual seasons and were honored with all-district accolades. Several members of this year’s team stepped into brand new roles and excelled, giving the Hilltoppers plenty of hope for the future.

Perhaps the biggest strength of the team was the play of its offensive line. The group kept pressure off the quarterbacks and opened holes for the running backs consistently. Three members of the offensive line were honored as first-team all district performers.

Justin Gilbert was honored for his play at tackle, Levi Guarello for his play at center and Dimitri Bullock for his play at guard.

Lawrence Armenta, who played on the offensive line in his junior season, made the move to fullback this season and succeeded immediately, earning first-team all-district honors for his running ability.

Several other skill position players were honored as second-team all-district performers.

Walker Eaton, who split time between wide receiver and quarterback throughout the season, was honored for his ability to catch the ball. He proved to be a threat down the field.

Dylan Irish was honored for his play at quarterback, where he proved to be a leader and showed great improvement throughout the season.

Sharing the backfield with Armenta, Cade Yost was honored for his play at running back, where he proved to be difficult to tackle.

Ethan Hunt was honored for his kicking ability, where he was consistently able to pin opponents deep on kickoffs.

Several familiar faces were also honored for their play on defense, as Gilbert, Guarello, Armenta, Yost and Irish were also named first-team all-district defensive performers.

Also honored were Jacob Dunwoody, JD Carson, Antonio Gonzales and Peter Janke, all of whom earned second-team all-district defensive honors.