The Laconia Chiefs U5 team traveled south to square off against the defending state champion, Derry Demons this past Sunday. The two teams gave the fans a playoff-type game as they battled back and forth.
The Demons struck first as they were able to find a seam on the opening kickoff and raced 65 yards for the day's first score. Laconia snuffed the extra point and Derry had a very quick 6-0 lead. The Chiefs marched down the field in their first possession. Led by tailback Jackson Reulke, the young Laconia squad moved methodically until Reulke followed the lead blocks of TE Brandon Marceau and Tackle Aaron Williams for a 35 yard TD run. Laconia's extra point attempt was also stopped and the game was knotted at 6. That is the way it remained as both defenses kept the pressure on. Laconia's defense was especially stifling as the Demons had a first and goal from inside the 10. Led by linebackers Garret Mango and Dakota McCoy, the Chiefs kept stuffing their opponents until it was 4th and goal from the 15. Derry tried to get to the edge on a sweep, but safety Logan Dee made a touchdown-saving tackle at the 1 to keep the score knotted.
As the 4th quarter started, the Demons were driving down the field when their bruising tailback found the edge and raced 40 yards for Derry's second touchdown. Once again Laconia stopped the extra point but Derry had a 12-6 lead with the clock running down. The Chiefs got the ball inside their opponent's territory but facing a 4th and 6 their halfback toss was intercepted and the game ended with a victory for Derry 12-6.
Coach James Roy said after the game, "I am very proud of the way we played today. We had a rough week of practice and weren't sure how the kids would respond. They played their hearts out today against a very, very good team."
This Sunday the Laconia teams will be facing Plymouth in their home opener on Fitzgerald Field. Games start at 9 a.m.