Football round-up: LHS unleashes aerial attack against Hanover

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.

Laconia Chiefs top Londonderry 38-13 for 1st win of the season

The Laconia Chiefs 5th grade team played host to the Londonderry Wildcats Sunday and came away with their first victory of the season. Londonderry came out of the gates strong, posting the first score of the day on a nice toss play. The Chiefs were able to battle back and march the ball down to the Wildcats 17 yard line, where tailback Anthony Robbins raced around the left side for his team's first touchdown of the season. The extra point attempt failed, but the score was 6-6 at the end of one. Londonderry, using some offensive misdirection, scored again on a nicely faked reverse play. With the score at 13-6 Laconia's Kayden Roberts scored his first touchdown of the year and his first of 3 on the day as he darted 10 yards to the endzone to pull his team to within one, 13-12, at the half.
The Laconia defense came out in the second half and put on a clinic. DE Michael Frakes had a monster day with 13 solo tackles, 11 for a loss. DT Evan "Papi" Carrigan recorded 4 solo tackles including a sack to keep the Wildcat runners out of the middle. LB's Cole Roy, Dakota McCoy, and Robbins each had a fumble recovery and Robbins had the play of the day as he intercepted a Wildcat pitch and waltzed into the endzone as everyone on the field was wondering what had just happened.
The offense of the Chiefs looked just as impressive. Fullback Ty Bartlett had his first TD of the year, punching it in from the 3 yard line. Roberts recorded 2 more scores of 17 yards and 31 yards as he surpassed 100 yards rushing on the day. Roy and Robbins both scored on extra point attempts. All of this scoring came behind an offensive line that played solid all day. Anchored by Center Edgar Conroy, guards Frakes and Carrigan, tackles, Logan Lewis and Kyle Harding, and TE Keith Corriveau and Mccoy, the line had their way with the Londonderry defenders. When the dust had settled, the Chiefs walked off the field with a convincing 38-13 victory.

Fighting Spirt's hockey season begins with a weekend split against Cape Cod

The Spirit opened up their 2014-2015 campaign for a third consecutive championship with a 3-0 loss Saturday night. The Spirit found themselves in penalty trouble early which led to the Islanders cashing in on a 5 on 3 power play just 2:30 into the period. Midway through the first, the Islanders were able to score another goal giving them a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

The Spirit rallied back with a strong effort in the second period but were unable to crack Islanders goaltender Patrick Spaulding. Just over the halfway mark in the second the Islanders received a lucky bounce as a shot from the corner bounced off a Spirit player and into the back of their net giving Cape Cod a 3-0 lead.

Despite the frantic effort and quality scoring chances, the Spirit were unable to solve Spaulding as he earned the Islanders first win of the season with a 27 save shutout performance. Spirit goaltender Claes Endre was strong in the net turning away 23 of 26 shots he faced.

In Sunday's game, both teams entered intermission tied at zero. The Islanders struck first early in the second period. Nearly 13 minutes later the Spirit finally got off their scoring snide and found the back of the net with a power play goal. Mike Heffernan took a pass from teammate Andrew Gass in the high slot and was able to slide it past the outstretched leg of Spaulding.

Both teams began the third at even strength and it would not take long for the Spirit to get some puck luck of their own. Just 1:45 into the period Travis Blinkhorn ripped a shot from center ice surprising Spaulding and beating him high glove side giving the Spirit a 2-1 advantage. Five minutes later the Islanders tied the score at 2 with a deflection on a shot from the point that beat Spirit goaltender Adam Higdon low blocker side.

The Spirit ramped up their attack in the final minutes of the third and into the overtime period but were unable to score the game winning goal. In the shoot-out, it took both teams five players before the first goal was scored, and it proved to be the game winner. Newcomer Christian Babineau was able to deke and beat Spaulding low glove side to secure the win for the Spirit. Goaltender Adam Higdon stopped all five Cape Cod shooters to tally the first win of the season.

"We felt we played two very competitive games this weekend against Cape Cod. We were very tough to play against in our defensive zone and we had solid goal tending all weekend long, which allowed us to keep Saturday's game close and secure the victory on Sunday," said associate head coach Ben Tefft. "We found ourselves gripping the stick too tight and fighting the puck all weekend which is to be expected on the opening weekend. We got a glimpse of what we are capable of this weekend and are confident our team will settle down and find their rhythm. Our forwards are very skilled and will be able to put the puck in the net more consistently as the season progresses. All in all we were very happy with the effort this weekend and are gearing up for our next opponent."

The Fighting Spirit are off this weekend and are set to volunteer their time at the 6th annual WOW Fest. Their next game is scheduled for Friday October 3 and is their home opener against the Junior Mariners, pre-game starts at 6:45 p.m.

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Medeiros again named 'Player of the Week' at Norwich

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Norwich University sophomore kicker/punter Wes Medeiros (Gilford, N.H.) was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight week.

Medeiros was Mr. Clutch on Saturday, nailing a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left in the game to lift Norwich to a 10-7 victory over WPI. Medeiros also successfully converted his only point after attempt, improving to a perfect 3-for-3 on PATs this year and 2-for-2 on field goals.

This marks Medeiros' fourth ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week nod over the last two seasons.

Norwich (2-1, 0-0 ECFC) enters its bye week on a two-game winning streak after beating St. Lawrence and WPI by 10-7 scores the last two weeks. The Cadets open up ECFC play with a tough matchup at Husson University on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.