The Laconia Chiefs U5 (a 4th and 5th grade combined) football team opened their season with an away game at the NorRock Vikings.
Expectations were high and the young Chiefs stood tall to the challenge. After stalling on their first drive, due more to nerves then anything the Vikings defense did, Laconia settled in and started to execute. Tailback "Action" Jackson Reulke (16 carries, 135 yds, 3 TDs) led his offense down the field and was able to find an edge for a 30 yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt failed, but the Chiefs had a 6-0 lead. Reulke added another score on Laconia's next possession and the team held a 12-7 halftime lead.
The defense stepped up big in the second half as the linebacking corps of Nolen Perrino, Phil Nichols, and Garret Mango, stifled the Vikings offense with some big tackles in the NorRock backfield. Reulke added his third touchdown of the day before wingback Kaleb Daignault found a seam for a 55 yard touchdown run that capped the scoring for Laconia. NorRock was able to punch in a touchdown of their own, but it was too little, too late as Laconia had a convincing 24-13 victory.