North Point tops Stone in sea­son opener; Charg­ers, Rams, Wolvs win, too

Dual-threat QB Jones paves way for Ea­gles over Stone

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

In his first-ever start un­der cen­ter in last sea­son’s opener against Thomas Stone, North Point’s Jemichael Jones served as the difference maker in the Ea­gles’ 9-6 win over the Cougars with a 93-yard touch­down run.

Fri­day night in this year’s sea­son opener at Stone, the ju­nior lefty dual-threat quar­ter­back was again the difference, blis­ter­ing the hosts with his arm and feet to ac­count for four of the Ea­gles’ six touch­downs in a 41-18 South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion vic­tory.

Jones, who ac­counted for 302 of North Point’s 374 yards of to­tal of­fense, com­pleted 13 of 17 passes for 184 yards and two touch­downs while also rolling up 118 yards on the ground and two rush­ing touch­downs.

“We just did what we were sup­posed to do. We didn’t fall down or fall asleep,” Jones said. “We played hard and didn’t give up. I just kept en­cour­ag­ing my team­mates and I’m proud of the of­fen­sive line, they kept push­ing and block­ing for me.”

Ea­gles head coach Tom Pe­tre said Jones played with a lot of poise to lead the bal­anced at­tack.

“Jemichael has grown a lot within a year. He is a great leader on the of­fen­sive side of the ball and is more com­fort­able at that po­si­tion,” Pe­tre said. “As a staff we saw his de­vel­op­ment in the off­sea­son and it was great see­ing him run around and have fun last night rather than worry about mak­ing a mis­take.”

North Point (1-0 over­all) scored 27 points in the first half to take a com­mand­ing half­time lead. It hosts Lackey in a mar­quee county show­down, sched­uled for at 7 p.m.

Fri­day. The Charg­ers shut out Leonard­town in Week 1, 39-0.

“It will be a battle of two teams that have been in the weight room,” said Pe­tre, re­fer­ring to Lackey. “[Head] Coach [John] Lush does a great job with his kids and they have some ath­letes. We are ex­pect­ing a good game.”

On the game’s open­ing drive, North Point went on a 4-play, 63-yard drive, capped by Jones’ 24-yard touch­down pass on a screen to ju­nior run­ning back Omar Poole, who then put the visi­tors up 14-0 on a 1-yard touch­down run of his own.

With 3 minutes 25 sec­onds left in the first half, Jones pushed the Ea­gles’ lead to 21-6 on a 3-yard touch­down run. Then af­ter North Point ju­nior Josh Crump re­cov­ered an on­side kick, Jones hooked up with se­nior wide re­ceiver Malachi McMillan for a 40-yard touch­down pass to make the score 27-6 at half­time.

“I saw that the cor­ner was check­ing me, so I just opened up fast on my route and Jemichael put the throw on tar­get for me,” said McMillan, who had three catches for 55 yards. This was a good win. We have to keep our heads and keep punch­ing.”

North Point ex­tended its lead to 34-12 on a 7-yard touch­down run by se­nior Daion Har­ley late in the third quar­ter.

Early in the fourth quar­ter, Jones capped off the team’s scor­ing as he eluded the de­fen­sive pres­sure and broke for a 45-yard touch­down run.

“He broke a few tack­les tonight and we are there to pro­tect him,” said ju­nior of­fen­sive line­man Rasheed Walker of Jones. “Stone is a hell of a foot­ball team and we want to keep eat­ing off this win. We played to­gether tonight and made things hap­pen.”

Se­nior quar­ter­back Jonathan Har­ris ac­counted for all of Stone’s points on the night, scor­ing on touch­down runs of 2, 11 and 19 yards. He also com­pleted 9 of 18 passes for 100 yards.

“We got beat in all phases tonight,” Cougars head coach Danny Rip­ple said. “We have to move for­ward to [at] Chop­ti­con [at 6 p.m. Fri­day]. We can’t get this game back, so we just have to re­group.”

Se­nior Tae­jon Gray caught five balls for 65 yards in the loss.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point ju­nior quar­ter­back Jemichael Jones awaits the snap in the shot­gun dur­ing Fri­day night’s 41-18 road win over Thomas Stone in a SMAC non­di­vi­sion foot­ball con­test. Jones ac­counted for 302 of North Point’s 374 yards of to­tal of­fense, rush­ing for two touch­downs and pass­ing for two touch­downs on the night.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

Thomas Stone se­nior Tae­jon Gray runs for ex­tra yardage in Fri­day’s 41-18 loss to the vis­it­ing North Point Ea­gles in a SMAC non­di­vi­sion foot­ball con­test. Gray fin­ished with five catches for 65 yards.

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