NHIAA Football: Big plays lead Plymouth by LaconiaBy TOM HERZIG
Special to the Sunday News
September 17. 2017 12:34AM
PLYMOUTH - Defending Division II champion Plymouth struck quickly against Laconia and widened its lead with big-yardage scoring plays for a convincing 44-7 home win Saturday.
The Bobcats' Connor McGowan blocked a punt that resulted in a safety on Laconia's first possession at 9:32 of the first quarter. On the second play from scrimmage after receiving the ensuing free kick, senior captain Nolan Farina scored the first of his three TD's from 33 yards out.
Helped by three Plymouth encroachment penalties, the Sachems went 68 yards in 12 plays to trim the lead to 9-7. The Laconia touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Riley Roy to Jakob Steele, who came open in the end zone on a double move route.
Laconia never crossed the goal line again and was lit up for 28 points in the second quarter.
Plymouth's second touchdown on a 6-yard run by Garrett Macomber. The third Bobcat score - a 9-yard rumble by Macomber - was set up by a 40-yard pass from senior quarterback Ben Olmstead to Farina.
Farina completed the first-half onslaught by outrunning the pursuit on a sweep from the Laconia 35-yard line.
Plymouth added a highlight touchdown late in the third quarter. Jordan Docen hauled in a pass from Olmstead, broke a tackle in the open field and sprinted away to complete an 85-yard play.
Farina's third touchdown came from 78 yards out, one play after the Bobcat defense stopped Laconia on a fourth and 13 from the Plymouth 25-yard line.
Kicker Danny Carey converted six of six point-after attempts.
"We played fast. We hit well. We threw it well," said Plymouth coach Chris Sanborn. "It was pretty hot out there. I think our conditioning helped us. Laconia's going to win some more games. Their quarterback did a good job. Scoring right after the safety got us going."
Sanborn also said he was pleased with his second-team's defense.
Plymouth gained 226 yards on the ground and 179 yards in the air.
Senior back Drew Muzzey gained 64 yards for Laconia.
"We shut down the regular stuff," Laconia coach Craig Kozens said. "But they have athletes and they had big plays."
Laconia (1-2) plays at Pembroke next weekend.
Plymouth (3-0) hosts Bow next Saturday at 2 p.m. in a homecoming rematch of last year's D-II title match.
"We know it's a battle coming up with them," coach Sanborn said.