LACONIA — The Laconia High School Sachems ended the season with a 4-4 record after beating Gilford-Belmont 53-12 in their season finale Friday night at the Bank of New Hampshire stadium.
The Sachems fumbled on their first two possessions on Gilford-Belmont’s 49 and eight yard lines, but scored on a 58-yard touchdown run by Drew Muzzey to make it 6-0 late in the first quarter.
They scored again early second quarter on one-yard run by Muzzey run, but missed on a two-point conversion attempt.
Gilford-Belmont scored to make it 12-6.
The Sachem offense then came to life and scored on a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Riley Roy to Ryan McCrea on a play action pass, making it 18-6.
They scored on their next possession on a reverse pass. Jakob Steele handed off to Riley Roy who connected with Ryan McCrea on a 79-yard touchdown pass. Those two connected again on a two-point conversion, making it 26-6.
Jakob Steele scored on six-yard counter play and converted a two-point run, making it 34-6.
Steele scored again on another five yard run and it was 40-6.
Bradley Weeks scored on a one-yard run and kicked the point after, making it 47-6.
Kelby Brooker scored on a 31-yard fullback trap play for the final score for the Sachems.
Quarterback Riley Roy was six of 10 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He passed for 1,104 yards for the season.
Muzzey had 20 rushes for 203 yards and two scores and finished with 1,027 yards for the season.
Steele had nine rushes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Weeks had eight rushes 45 yards and one score.
Defensively the Sachems were led by Bradley Weeks with 10 tackles, Kelby Brooker with nine tackles, one sack; Ryan McCrea, eight tackles, one sack; Caleb Hounsell, nine tackles, one sack; Noah Shastany, seven tackles, one sack; Jakob Steele, seven tackles and two pass break-ups and; Ryan Dee, three tackles and three pass break-ups.
Coach Craig Kozens said the Sachems had a 4-4 record but lost two games by a total of three points and could have ended with a 6-2 record, which would have put them in the Division II playoffs. Gilford-Belmont finished 1-7.
Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 4, Kearsarge 12
Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough ended up with a 4-4 record and will face second-ranked Campbell 8-0 Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Division III playoff game. Campbell has averaged 55 points a game and beat Bishop Brady 81-9 in one of its games. They beat Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 42-0 in a game played in September.