"Success against Plymouth has been very far and few between," said head coach Craig Kozens about the 28-17 Sachems overtime victory against the Bobcats on Friday night at Fitzgerald Field in Laconia. Laconia stopped the Bobcats on a two-point conversion that would have won the game for Plymouth.. The Sachems improve to 4-1 on the season.
Down 7-0 heading into the second half, quarterback Matt Swormstedt took matters into his own hands on a QB draw that resulted in a 49 yard game tying TD. Swormstedt ended the game with a pair of rushing scores and 144 yards on the ground.
The Sachems, leading 21-14, turned the ball over with 3:30 minutes reaming in the fourth. Plymouth tied the contest two minutes later to force overtime.
The Bobcats won the coin toss in OT and chose to start on defense. Laconia scored on the third play of the drive and elected to kick the extra point. Plymouth also needed just three plays to score but decided to go for the win with a two-point play. The Bobcats handed the ball to running back Justin Robinson who came around the tackle and was met by sophomore Jacob Filgate short of the goal line.
"We did not match up well with them. Their strengths were our weaknesses," said Kozens. "Our kids wanted this one. They have worked hard to get to this point. They deserved it."
The Sachems head to Penacook to take on Merrimack Valley on Friday night. The Pride (3-2) had a week off to prepare for the Sachems. "We have our hands full with Merrimack Valley. They have a ton of talent that can score quickly and swarm defensively" added Kozens. "They pose yet another tough match up. I tell you, there is absolutely no letup in our schedule. Hopefully we can improve week to week and meet the challenges we face."
Winnisquam fell short to Somersworth 54-48. Bear running back Christian Serrano tied things at 48 with 1:40 remaining. Serrano had 83 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. Somersworth scored three plays later on a 45 yard run from Elyjah Dejoie. The senior running back had seven touchdowns and 355 yard running for the Hilltoppers. The Bears had one final drive that ended on an interception. The Bears (3-2) will look to end a two game skid at Epping-Newmarket (2-3) on Saturday. Winnisquam needs a win to stay in contention for a playoff bid.
Gilford rolled over Mascoma Valley 53-14. Quarterback Carter Mercer threw for 338 yards and six touchdowns in three quarters in the win. The second place Golden Eagles (3-1) host Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough Saturday afternoon.
The Lakers got by Stevens 28-22 at home on Saturday. Inter-Lakes (3-2) is holding on to the fourth and final playoff spot in the DIII North Conference standings.
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