LAHS football releases 2018 schedule

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos High School varsity football team will play 10 games in the 2018 season, six of which are against teams that they faced in the 2017 season. Among these are Española Valley, Pojoaque, Gallup, Santa Fe, Capital and Del Norte. The new teams that the Hilltoppers will go against include Taos, Bloomfield, Hope Christian and Valencia.

The Hilltoppers finished with a 6-4 record in the 2017 season. Twelve of the team’s 25 players were seniors who will not be returning, including running back Jack Stewart and quarterback Kayden Rivera. 

The receiving corps and defensive secondary will need to be addressed with the losses of seniors such as Wyatt Saeger, Reyes Mendez and Leander Murphy.

The offensive and defensive lines will retain most of its core of juniors, only losing seniors Devin Cantua and Arturo Rodriguez. 

Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, in a year that may consist of a lot of regrouping and rebuilding, their schedule contains just two teams that had a winning record in the 2017 season: Taos, 8-4, and district rival Capital, 6-5.

The first three games of the 2018 season will feature members of Los Alamos’ district in sports other than football: Española Valley (2-8), whom the Hilltoppers defeated 21-20 in a comeback win last year, Taos (8-4), potentially the strongest team the Hilltoppers will face this season, and Pojoaque (1-9), whom the Hilltoppers defeated 37-0 in their first game of the 2017 season.

In the next four non-district games, the Hilltoppers will face Bloomfield (3-7), Gallup (1-9), whom the Hilltoppers beat 47-0 in the 2017 season, Hope Christian (4-7), and Valencia (1-9).

This year the Hilltoppers play just three district games due to a smaller football district. They will face Santa Fe High (0-9), Capital (6-5) and Del Norte (4-6).

In the 2017 season, Los Alamos defeated Santa Fe High 21-14. Santa Fe High’s football team is currently on a 33-game losing streak and has gone winless in each of the past three seasons.

Capital and Del Norte fared much better against the Hilltoppers last season. The Hilltoppers lost to Capital 47-19 last season and lost to Del Norte 51-25.

Below is the 2018 football schedule for the Hilltoppers:

Friday, Aug. 24 vs. Española Valley at 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31 @ Taos at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7 @ Pojoaque at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14 vs. Bloomfield at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21 @ Gallup at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28 vs. Hope Christian at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4 vs. Valencia at 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19 @ Santa Fe at 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26 @ Capital at 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Del Norte at 7 p.m.