North Point foot­ball takes down Lackey; Spar­tans, War­riors, Wolvs win, too

Ea­gles win with de­fense, spe­cial teams to im­prove to 2-0

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

The stands were full and the crowd was ready to go a half hour be­fore Fri­day night’s kick­off in Wal­dorf be­tween host North Point and Lackey.

Com­ing off a con­vinc­ing 41-18 win over county foe Thomas Stone in Week 1, North Point picked up where it left off a week later, scor­ing on its first two pos­ses­sions with two huge spe­cial teams plays in the first half, also an­chored by a sti­fling de­fense, en route to a 35-15 win over the vis­it­ing Charg­ers.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing un­de­feated in the reg­u­lar sea­son in 2015, North Point (2-0 over­all) has re­mained per­fect through the first two weeks of this sea­son. The Ea­gles will have another huge test at 7 p.m. Fri­day when they travel to take on Calvert, which has not al­lowed a point yet this sea­son af­ter a 13-0 Week 2 blank­ing of Hunt­ing­town, in another South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion con­test.

North Point has beaten Lackey in the last nine meet­ings.

“Lackey was big up front and our goal this week was just main­tain­ing gap in­tegrity and mak­ing sure that we weren’t cre­at­ing run lanes on our end,” North Point head coach Tom Pe­tre said. “We sti­fled the run early and were able to get good field po­si­tion.”

North Point ex­ploded out to a 28-3 lead to end the first half af­ter back-to­back touch­downs, the first com­ing on a 70-yard kick­off re­turn by se­nior safety Malachi McMil­lan at the 5 minute 44 sec­ond mark and the sec­ond a blocked punt and scoop up for six by Dante Grant with 3:02 left.

“That was a big play for us. The kick was short and I just fol­lowed my blocks and took it to the house,” said McMil­lan, whose kick­off re­turn came af­ter a Lackey scor­ing drive that re­sulted in a field goal. “I’m so proud of my de­fense. Ev­ery­body just stayed on their as­sign­ments.”

North Point ju­nior quar­ter­back Jemichael Jones capped a 17-play 65-yard game-open­ing drive with a 37-yard touch­down pass to ju­nior wide re­ceiver Jon Ri­ley on a fourth down and 22.

“I knew we had to get it down the field and I just trusted my re­ceiver [Ri­ley],” said Jones, who also had a rush­ing touch­down late in the third. “In prac­tice he was drop­ping some passes, but he showed out to­day.”

On the 11th play of that drive, the Lackey de­fense had forced the Ea­gles into a fourth down,but was called for a pass in­ter­fer­ence.

“Those penal­ties on that first drive killed us and we just didn’t make the play tonight,” Lackey head coach John Lush said. “We thought we were ready to take the next step as a pro­gram beat­ing a qual­ity op­po­nent, but we aren’t there just yet.”

Jones went to the air again with 5:25 left in the first on a 49-yard touch­down pass to sopho­more Ma­lik Lawrence (4 catches, 84 yards) to put the Ea­gles up by two scores.

Lackey (1-1), which was held to just 64 yards of to­tal of­fense in the first half, did not com­plete a pass un­til the last play of the game when ju­nior backup quar­ter­back Wes­ley John­son found De­mon­tae Owens for 17 yards. Sopho­more start­ing quar­ter­back Robert Mid­dle­ton did not com­plete any passes in six at­tempts.

Lackey se­nior run­ning back Ma­lik Burns, who was held to just 29 yards rush­ing in the first half, fin­ished the game with 181 yards on 19 car­ries, scor­ing the team’s first touch­down on a 41-yard run with 1:06 left in the third quar­ter. Run­ning back Khyree Hart scored a touch­down on an 8-yard run early in the fourth quar­ter.

McMil­lan and Zaron McCoy had one in­ter­cep­tion each in the con­test.

Lackey will host St. Charles at 7 p.m. Fri­day night. The Spar­tans picked up their first win of the sea­son in Week 2, 14-0 over McDonough.

PHOTO BY JERRY BALLENGEE

North Point se­nior safety Malachi McMil­lan breaks away from sev­eral Lackey de­fend­ers for the even­tual 70-yard kick­off re­turn for a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter of Fri­day night’s 35-15 win over the Lackey Charg­ers in a SMAC non­di­vi­sion con­test.

Lackey sopho­more quar­ter­back Robert Mid­dle­ton, right, sur­veys the field be­fore hand­ing off to se­nior run­ning back Ma­lik Burns in Fri­day night’s 35-15 loss to host North Point.

PHO­TOS BY JERRY BALLENGEE

North Point ju­nior wide re­ceiver Jon Ri­ley comes down with the catch over three Lackey de­fend­ers for a 37-yard touch­down catch in the first quar­ter of Fri­day night’s 35-15 win over the Lackey Charg­ers in a SMAC non­di­vi­sion con­test.

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