LACONIA — The Sachems (2-2) held off a second half rally from the Hanover Marauders (1-3) to win their first game on Jim Fitzgerald Field on Friday night, 26-20. Hanover scored 20 points in the second half, trying to mount a late comeback. But Laconia secured the win when Hanover turned the ball over for the third time by fumbling on Laconia's 18 yard line with 3:14 remaining in the game.
"The kids really wanted this game to prove they were better than the 1-2 record." said Coach Kozens. "They worked extremely hard during practice this week. They wanted to notch their first win at home," Kozens continued. "This young defense has done a great job. They bend but don't break."
Laconia scored first,on the Sachem's second possession, when sophomore Kyle Chiasson capped a 12 play drive by sneaking in the end zone off the right side for a four yard touchdown. Laconia then looked to benefit from a punt that was blocked by Jordan Mcrae and recovered by Efran Noel, who led the team with seven tackles, on the Marauders six yard line. But Laconia would not capitalize on the good field position.
Laconia would strike again with one remaining in the half when Matt Swormstedt found Chris Frontiero open along the sideline for a 21 yard hookup to extend the lead to 13-0.
Hanover came out in the second half looking to throw the ball. The Marauders first drive ended quickly when Jacob Filgate picked off Hanover quarterback Shawn Cavallaro.
The Sachems would take advantage of the interception three minutes later when Chiasson would score his second TD off the evening, scampering 24 yards down the right side. Hanover would respond on the very next offensive play when Joey Porter broke out from midfield and sprinted for Hanover's first points of the night.
Both teams would trade touchdowns to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter saw four out of five drives end with turnovers. Laconia coughed up the ball on its last three possessions. Hanover would return the favor fumbling and tossing an interception on the last play of the game.
Laconia's Defense held Hanover to 97 yards on the ground and 145 yards passing. The Sachems had 358 yards rushing, led by Chiasson with 178.
Laconia will host Monadnock Regional next Friday at 7:00