LACONIA —Monadnock Regional (Swanzey) stayed unbeaten (5-0) in NHIAA Division II football play last night by rolling past the Sachems at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium by a score of 66-37. The visiting Huskies scored two touchdowns on defense and another on a kickoff return.
Laconia (2-3) tried to spread out Monadnock's defense and move the ball with an aerial attack. The Sachems average eight to 10 pass attempts a game but threw the ball 48 times Friday night. Quarterback Matt Swormstedt completed 19 for 280 yards and two touchdowns but he was also victimized by four interceptions — one of which was returned for a pick six.
"We had breakdowns in every facet of the game," Laconia coach Craig Kozens said afterwards. "When the run wasn't going anywhere, we tried to spread the field and roll the dice. Unfortunately the dice don't always roll your way" Commenting on the four interceptions and fumble loss for a touchdown, Kozens said, "They took advantage of our mistakes. We just couldn't get it going the right way. I tip my cap to them. It doesn't get any easier for us next week (against 5-0 Plymouth)."
Laconia jumped out to a quick lead — scoring first for the fourth time in five games — when Swormstedt hooked up with Kyle Chiasson for a 48 yard strike one minute into the game. Monadnock would respond with a 25 yard field goal.
After Laconia went three and out on its next possession, Monadnock did not look back, scoring on a nine play drive capped off by a 31 yard quarterback keeper down the right sideline. Next, Laconia would fumble on the 31 yard line and watch Huskies Linebacker Drew Bolewski scoop up the loose ball and trot in untouched for the first of two consecutive defensive touchdowns.
Down 24-7, Laconia's Chiasson found the end zone for his second of three touchdowns on the night when he found a hole on the right side and sprinted 40 yards to paydirt. The Huskies would return the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for six of their own.
The Sachems dove down to Monadnocks 11 yard line, where the Huskies picked off Swormstedt on the three to end the threat. On the next play, trying to get out of the shadow of their own goal line, the Huskies tried to run off tackle only to be wrapped up for a safety by captains Steven Kemos and Jon Pelky.
Twelve points would be as close as the Sachems would get. The first drive for Laconia of the second half looked to be a three and out when they lined up to punt on fourth and one at their own 15 yard line. Only the snap went directly to Chaisson who rambled 85 yards for the touchdown.
Laconia would end up rushing for 157 yards on the evening. Swormstedt rushed for an 11 yard TD late in the fourth to cap off the scoring for Laconia.
Laconia looks to rebound from the loss, when they head to Plymouth to take on the Bobcats next Saturday at 1:30.