LACONIA —Visiting Pembroke Academy rallied from a 13 point half-time deficit to defeat Laconia 36-23 on Friday night. The Spartans win spoiled an otherwise perfect evening as a full-house crowd gathered to watch the first game played on the FieldTurf at new Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.
Leading 23-10 at the midway point, the Sachems failed to score a point in the second half, while Pembroke added four touchdowns.
"We had missed tackles and were pushed around in the second half," said Laconia coach Craig Kozens. "They were the better team tonight. We found a way to hurt ourselves on offense in the second half, with two fumbles and two false starts."
The Sachems moved the ball easily on the first drive, scoring in just over three and a half minutes on nine plays. Sophomore running back Kyle Chiasson rambled 17 yards for the first of his two touchdowns on the evening.
Pembroke answered with a nine play drive of their own, resulting in a field goal.
Early in the second quarter the Sachems pinned Pembroke back on their own two yard line. After two failed running attempts, Pembroke muffed the snap and quarterback Vinny Dustin was sacked in the end zone for a safety by Mitchell Bailey.
Laconia then capitalized on the free kick by driving 42 yards, ending with an 11 yard touchdown toss from junior quarterback Matt Swormstedt to Chiasson.
Down 15-3 Pembroke's Dustin took matters into his own hands carrying the ball four out of six plays, ending with a 29 yard scamper down the sideline for six points to bring the Spartans within five.
Laconia had some magic of its own to end the first half. Swormstedt pitched the ball to Chiasson who heaved to the end zone where Dylan Martel was streaking to the corner for a 25 yard touchdown. Laconia would complete the two point conversion this time to end the half with lead.
The second half belonged to Dustin. He had two more scores and totaled 239 yards on 28 carries.
Trailing by seven, Laconia was at midfield with five minutes to go in the fourth when Swormstedt was sacked.
For the game, Laconia had 225 yards on the ground and 88 through the air.
The Sachems head to Portsmouth to take on the Clippers in another NHIAA Division II match-up next Friday at 7:00.