The Laconia Chiefs U5 team split its recent two games, losing to Plymouth and winning over Londonderry.
The Chiefs opened the new Fitzgerald Field with a big time rivalry match up with the Plymouth Huskies. The youngsters from Plymouth put their hosts in an early 14-0 hole with some power running right up the gut. The Chiefs were able to respond, as tailback Jackson Reulke took a handoff from QB Logan Dee, broke several tackles, and raced his way 45 yards for his team's first score of the day. The score pulled the Laconia squad to within one score as the time was winding down in the half. Plymouth was able to capitalize on a Chiefs turnover, and punched another score in with just seconds remaining to go into halftime up 20-6.
The Chiefs made some key adjustments at halftime and came out fired up. LB Garrett Mango moved down to the defensive line and stuffed the inside running game of the Huskies. Helped by the linebacker play of Kaleb Daignault and Aaron Williams, the Chiefs kept their opponents out of the endzone and the ball in the hands of their offense. The offense moved the ball down the field, got Plymouth to jump offsides on consecutive plays, and then gave the ball to Reulke, who found the endzone once again. The extra point attempt by Daignault was good and the margin was now 7 points. The defense stood strong again and Laconia started one last march for paydirt. The drive, however, was stalled by a costly penalty and then an even more costly turnover. When the dust had settled, the Huskies were able to hang on for a 20-13 victory.
The Chiefs hosted their counterparts from Londonderry for the second game of this past weekend. The Chiefs were desperate for a victory and the tough Wildcats were just what the doctor ordered. The Chiefs took their opening possession and marched down the field before tailback Jackson Reulke (137 yd.on 22 carries, 2 TD’s) found a seam and raced 45 yards for the day’s first score. Wingback Rashuan Magdich was able to convert the extra point and the Chiefs had a 7-0 lead. The Wildcats were able to answer the call with a touchdown of their own, but the extra point attempt was stuffed short by defensive linemen Cooper French and Garrett Mango. But on this day the Chief’s offense was not to be outdone. Reulke was able to take the handoff from QB Philip Nichols and race 55 yards for his 2nd score of the day. The extra point attempt failed but the youngsters from Laconia had a 13-6 halftime lead.
Laconia’s defense came out fired up in the 2nd half and limited the Wildcat offense to just 2 first downs. OLB Nolen Perrino and Phil Nichols forced the Wildcats to run inside where they were consistently stuffed by DT Aaron Williams and LB Dakota McCoy. The Chiefs offense kept their momentum going as QB Logan Dee made a great fake and bootlegged the ball around the left end for a 35 yard touchdown run, his first of the season. CB Jackson Reulke was able to intercept a Wildcat pass and race the ball 60 yards down the sideline to the Londonderry 1-yard line. This time it was tailback Colton Roy who punched it in for his team’s final score on the day and Roy’s first touchdown of the season. Londonderry was able to tack on a late score but the Chiefs had all but secured the victory at that point. When it was over, Laconia had a convincing 25-13 victory to even their record at 2-2 on the year.