For the last regular game of the season the Laconia Chiefs U5 team headed south to square off against the Goffstown Screaming Eagles. The young Chiefs came out in playoff mode, as a win would ensure them a home playoff game on Wednesday evening. After forcing their opponents to a 4 and out situation, tailback Jackson Reulke marched his team down the field and capped a 3 play drive with a 15 yard, right up the gut run. The extra point was stopped short, but just like that Laconia had a 6-0 lead. It didn't take long for the Chiefs to get another shot at the endzone as OLB Nolen Perrino jumped on an Eagles fumble. Again it was Reulke exploding off tackle for an 88 yard jaunt and a 13-0 lead for his team. The defense continued to apply pressure, as tackles Jon Cote and Colin Sirles made some key tackles. When the Laconia offense got the ball back it was fullback Phil Nichols doing the honors from 20 yards out. Goffstown would not go down quietly, as they added a touchdown of their own just before the half to close the gap to 20-7.
Having gained a little momentum at the end of the half, Goffstown came out fired up and put together a drive that ended with another score and made the game 20-13. But Laconia refused to panic and on the first play from scrimmage, the call was Reulke around the left side for a 48 yard touchdown run. This time Nichols tacked on the extra point and the momentum had shifted again, 27-13. He continued his stellar day as he added two more touchdown runs of 20 yds and 15 yds respectively. QB Logan Dee found wing Nolen Perrino on a point after attempt. For the day, Reulke finished with an amazing 257 yards on just 15 carries and 5 touchdowns.
Goffstown was able to tack on a late touchdown, as their big defensive tackle scooped up a Chiefs fumble and ran it back 85 yards for a score. But the Eagles' day ended when linebacker Aaron Williams fell on an Eagle fumble as time ran out. The Chiefs are hoping to ride the wave of their 39-19 victory into the playoffs, where they will host the always dangerous Pelham Razorbacks.
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