The Laconia Chiefs U5 team hosted the Keene Knights on Sunday as they were looking to keep their 2 game win streak alive. The Chiefs won the toss but Keene was able to recover the onside kick. With the youngsters from Laconia on the ropes, the Knights marched down the field and punched in the day's first score. The extra point attempt made it a quick 7-0 lead for the visitors. Laconia wouldn't stay down for long, as the Chiefs put together a nice drive of their own, culminating when QB Ryan Dee found wingback Kaleb Daignault in the corner of the endzone for a 15 yard scoring strike. The Chiefs weren't able to convert the extra point but had pulled the game to within one, 7-6. Keene added another score, without the extra point, and had a 13-7 lead as the half was quickly coming to a close. Laconia had a big run by its tailback Phil Nichols, which led to fullback Nolen Perrino punching one in from the 3 yard line. The Knights defense again stuffed the extra point attempt, but the Chiefs went into the half only down by 1, 13-12.
The defense made some key adjustments in the second half and came out fired up. Defensive tackle Garret Mango and linebackers Aaron Williams and Perrino started attacking the Keene run game and managed to shut them down. The offense was propelled by tailback Phil Nichols, who scored two touchdowns in the half on some great runs of 45 and 65 yards respectively.
He finished the day with an impressive 136 yards on 18 carries and 2 touchdowns. Dee and Daignault were both able to record an extra point to give the home team a 26-13 lead. Keene tried to get something going with their next offensive possession, but Dee, playing safety, stepped in front of a Knight pass for his first interception of the season and put an end to any chance the Knights had of staging a comeback.
The win improves the Chiefs record to 4-2 with their last home game coming this weekend against Hudson. The tam will wrap up its season on the road at Goffstown. If they are able to keep the win streak alive, there is a very real possibility that they could make the playoffs. Game time this weekend is 2 p.m.