WOLFEBORO — After dropping its first two contests, Laconia High School football team won its first game of the season, fending off a late Kingswood (1-2) drive that resulted in a missed 48-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the game. Laconia took the lead at the end of the second quarter when quarterback Matt Swormstedt hit Kyle Chiasson down the sideline for a for a 56 yard touchdown with 53 seconds remaining in the half. The final score of the game was 21-20.
"It was a good win going into Homecoming next week. These kids worked hard and stepped up on defense in the second half." said head coach Craig Kozens. "I am proud of Cody Yale (who lead the team in tackles) and the rest of linebackers who had a great game."
Kingswood did all of their damage through the air with 253 yards passing. Of those yards, 117 came on two touchdown passes. Owen Gonya, Kingswood's QB had three scoring passes on the night, all to tight end Thomas McCullough. Laconia's defense held the Knights to only 45 yards on the ground.
On the first drive of the evening, Gonya threw the ball away while in his own end zone, resulting in a safety to start the scoring. After the free kick, Laconia used half of the first quarter to compile an 11 play drive that was capped off with a six point scamper from Jon Pelkey. Pelkey lead the Sachems with 22 carries for 79 yards and the nine yard touchdown run. After the extra point was blocked, Kingswood only need three plays to bring the Knights within one on a 58 yard toss over the middle. Later in the second, with the Sachems driving, Chris Frontiero cut back up the middle for a score from 27 yards out. Chiasson totaled 49 yards on the evening. With the score 15-7, Gonya connected with McCullough two more times in a three and a half minute span for Kingswood's only lead of the game.
The second half was a battle for field position as Laconia would tighten up on the defensive side of the ball, yielding only 120 total yards. Kingswood had two threatening drives late in the game. The first was halted by an interception on Laconia's ten yard line by Steven Kemos who returned back to mid-field. The final drive ended the game on the missed field goal. The Sachems had 75 yards passing and 158 yards on the ground for the evening.
Laconia will host Hanover at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium on Friday Night.