Friday, September 16, 2011

Defense Leads Trinity to Win Over Laconia

This game had a lot of build up, with many calling it the game of the week in NH high school football. A rematch of last year's Division IV semi-finals, and the current 2 best teams in D-IV. Plus a match up of star running backs, with Josh Hughes for Trinity and Laconia's David Mahoney.

Instead, this ended up being a game dominated by the lineman battling it out in the trenches, big plays on defense and special teams and lots of penalties on both sides.

Trinity got 2 touchdowns in the span of just 10 seconds in the 2nd quarter and they defeated Laconia 22-14 on Friday night at Gill Stadium in Manchester to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The Sachems were playing this game without a number of key players.

"We look forward to getting healthy and seeing them again" said Laconia head coach Craig Kozens.

With the loss, Laconia is now 2-1 on the season. They got in addition to Mahoney and Ronnie Steele, they also got strong play from lineman Raige Hollis. Hollis is listed at 6'3", 315 lbs. He moves well for a kid his size, tackles hard and also has one of the coolest names in NH high school sports.

Both star RB's were held in check. Mahoney ran for 66 yards on 16 carries, while Hughes rushed for just 64 yards on 8 carries.

Penalties made it tough for either team to get in too much of a rhythm offensively. Both teams will have to clean up their play if they hope to make it to the title game in D-IV. Saturday's game between Plymouth and Kennett should tell us more about the division's balance of power.

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