The Laconia Sachems offense adapted on Friday night from run first to an aerial attack in a 35-14 victory over Hanover. "We just took what they gave us," explained coach Craig Kozens. "Matt (Swormstedt) stepped up to the challenge." The senior QB had 159 yards passing and three touchdown passes. "I enjoy throwing the ball and had a lot of fun tonight," said Swormstedt. "I will do whatever it takes to win."
Sachems corner Cody Greenwood halted the Hanover offense on two consecutive drives with interceptions in the first half. Both turnovers resulted in Sachem touchdowns. Running back Kyle Chiasson broke the century mark for the third time in as many tries totaling over 500 yards on the ground on the season.
Hanover running back Jack Cavallaro had his way early before coach Kozens changed the defensive scheme in the second quarter. "We put our best player on their best player and it paid off," add Kozens. The head coach told, 6'4" 220 pound junior Keith Shultz to shadow Cavallaro wherever he went. The running back was effectively taken out of the attack in the second half.
Hanover scored late in the second quarter to head into the half down 21-7. The Marauders could not stop Laconia's balanced attack. Laconia managed the clock and kept Hanover on their heels threw out the second half.
Laconia, 2-1 on the season, will return home this Friday to host St Thomas Aquinas. The Saints have been rolling over through their competition so far, outscoring their opponents 169-28. St. Thomas beat Plymouth 49-16 at home on Saturday.
Gilford's homecoming was spoiled by Newport 27-20 on Saturday afternoon. Now 2-1, the Golden Eagles are in a three way tie with Newport and Inter-Lakes. Gilford will head to Fall Mountain (0-3) on Saturday.
Christian Serrano carried the Winnisquam Bears to a 35-26 victory over Farmington-Newt on Friday Night. The junior carried the ball 12 times for 238 yards and four touchdowns. The Bears head to Campbell (1-2) on Saturday.
Inter-Lakes (2-1) returned to their winning ways on Saturday besting Newfound 39-20. The Lakers offense was lead by Andrew Brothers with 78 yards on the ground and two rushing TDs. Inter-Lakes heads to Newport in a NHIAA Division III North Conference first place matchup. Newport is 2-1 on the season, edging the Golden Eagles to bring all three teams atop the conference.
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