LA entertains KC tonight

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Football: Broncos, ’Toppers are both on 2-game losing streaks

By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will tangle with an old foe tonight.
For the 2012 homecoming contest, Los Alamos will meet the Kirtland Central Broncos. The Broncos, a Class 4A team from the Four Corners area, was once a regularly-scheduled opponent for the Hilltoppers but were pre-empted from the Hilltoppers’ schedule several years ago in favor of another Farmington-area team, the Aztec Tigers.
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
Los Alamos (1-2) will make its second home appearance of the season tonight. It won the 2012 season opener over Pojoaque in convincing fashion, 55-14.
However, the two road games for the Hilltoppers following their initial win were rough ones.
The Hilltoppers were shut out at Farmington, 28-0, then were trounced in Albuquerque by St. Pius X, 41-0 a week ago.
Los Alamos will attempt to right the ship, particularly on offense, which struggled with turnovers and miscues all throughout the St. Pius contest. Los Alamos didn’t get even particularly close to scoring against the Sartans.
Traditionally, the Broncos have been known for their size upfront and this year appears to be no exception. On their roster, the Broncos list seven linemen who tip the scales at 240 pounds or above, including 285-pound senior defensive tackle Landon Love.
The Broncos (0-2) come into tonight’s game off their bye week. Tonight’s game will be the first time this season they’ve faced off against an opponent from New Mexico. Both their losses were against teams from Colorado, including a 30-0 loss at Durango Sept. 7.
For Los Alamos, homecoming often isn’t a particularly kind game. However, Los Alamos picked up a huge 36-20 victory over Albuquerque Academy last season, a game that seemed to turn the fortunes of that club around, eventually leading to a district title and a spot in the Class 4A playoffs.
This will be the third of four straight games for Los Alamos against Class 4A competition.
Following Kirtland Central, Los Alamos will host Belen next week. Belen is currently 2-1 on the season but has a potentially brutal game tonight when it faces Goddard, the No. 1 team in the state, in Roswell.

NOTE: KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast tonight’s Los Alamos-Kirtland Central game. The pregame show will start at approximately 6:30 p.m. Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” will be on the call.