PLYMOUTH — The Sachems (2-4) traveled to Plymouth Saturday and only managed seven first downs and 115 total yards in a 37-0 loss.
It was Laconia's second game against an undefeated team in as many weeks. Unlike last week against Mondadnock Regional (Swanzey), the Sachems would not score 37 points.
The Bobcats (6-0), led by senior quarterback Colin Sullivan and running back Jared Kuehl, controlled the tempo from the opening whistle. Kuehl had two scores, one receiving and the other on the ground, while Sullivan threw for two and ran for another.
"We competed well and made them do things that they normally wouldn't have on offense," coach Craig Kozens said of his young Laconia team. "The backbreaker was giving up a touchdown eight seconds before halftime."
Laconia intercepted Sullivan with 23 seconds remain in the half, only to return the favor on the very next play. Eight seconds remained in the half after the pair of picks. The Bobcats would make Laconia pay for the turnover when Sullivan hooked up with Kuehl coming out of the backfield for a 27 yard touchdown. The score increased Plymouth's lead 28 at the half.
Laconia's offense went three and out four times in the first quarter. The second saw Laconia's longest drive of the day, which consisted of nine plays and two first downs. "We could have used Kyle Chiasson" said Kozens. He did not play due to shoulder injury. "He is a key part of the offense and in the secondary."
Laconia would have four possessions on offense in the second half. Plymouth's defense would produce three turnovers.
Laconia will be home on Friday night when they host Lebanon (2-4) in a NHIAA division II North Conference showdown. Game time is at 7 p.m. at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.