North Point football bounces back vs. Westlake; Lackey runs past Stone
Eagles score 23 first-half points in win
For a decade a budding rivalry has already emerged in Charles County on the football field.
Westlake and North Point has played a grand total of 10 games against one another.
The two Waldorf schools that are less than three miles apart met again in another grudge match on Friday night.
On this night the Eagles had the upper hand as they scored 23 first-half points, including 16 in the second quarter, en route to an eventual 30-18 home victory over the Wolverines in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference nondivision contest.
North Point (3-1 overall), which suffered a 28-7 setback at Calvert in Week 3, has now beaten Westlake the last six meetings, scoring at least 30 points in
four of those contests. The Eagles lead the all-time series 8-2 with Westlake’s last win coming in 2010 in a 27-26 outcome.
It was the first loss of the season for the Westlake (3-1).
“We put a good week of practice and the kids responded well and put the Calvert loss behind us,” North Point head coach Tom Petre said. “We had good preparation coming into this week and we had a good end result tonight. Last week we just came out flat, but we were more focused and learned from our mistakes.”
North Point junior Jemichael Jones completed of 6 of 15 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions in the contest.
After being forced to punt on its opening drive, North Point scored on its second possession in just one play as Jones found senior Malachi McMillan for a 70-yard touchdown strike with 6 minutes 30 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Eagles up 7-0 after an Evan Patterson extra point.
“Malachi’s big play early in the game jump started everything for us and kept us going,” Petre said. “Our defense played real strong and overall it was a good quality team win.”
On the ensuing drive, Westlake went on a 9-play, 82 yard drive capped off by an 18-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Chad Palmer to junior Jordan Brumfield (10 carries, 70 yards) at the 1 minute 16 second mark, bringing the Wolverines to within 7-6.
Early in the second quarter, sophomore Malik Lawrence took a Westlake punt for 63 yards as North Point took over at the Wolverines’ 24-yard line. That helped set up an eventual 22-yard field goal by Patterson to put North Point up 10-6 at the 8:54 mark.
After Westlake turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession after a bad snap from a punt, North Point took over at the Westlake 6. In just three plays, Jones threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence to push the lead to 16-6 with six minutes left.
Westlake was forced to punt again on its next drive and, on the first play of a North Point drive, Jones threw a 45yard touchdown pass to McMillan to give the Eagles the 17-point halftime lead.
“We came back to play North Point football,” said McMillan, who had two receptions for 115 yards. “We took a hard one last week, but we bounced back, had a great team practice. Jemichael does a good job of putting the ball out there for me and I just go and catch it.”
After a scoreless third quarter, Westlake came to within 23-12 on the first play of the fourth on Palmer’s 7-yard pass to his younger brother Collin Palmer (3 catches, 41 yards). The older Palmer completed just 11 for 31 passes for 143 yards and a interception.
In just three plays, the Eagles extended the lead to 30-12 as junior running back Omar Poole caught a tipped ball that was intended for Lawrence and raced 78 yards for the touchdown at the 10:29 mark.
With less than two minutes left in the game, the Wolverines, who outgained North Point on offense 337-257 in the contest, scored the last points of the game on a 2-yard touchdown run by senior Malik Opiyo.
“Penalties killed us and the little detailed things and we turned the ball over a couple times on their side of the field,” said Westlake head coach Tony Zaccarelli, whose team committed 12 penalties for 87 yards. “We just didn’t take advantage of our opportunities on our side of the field and we didn’t cease the moment. North Point made the plays that they needed to.”
North Point collected just three first downs, while Westlake had 15 for the game.
North Point is scheduled to host St. Charles at 7 p.m. Friday. The Spartans fell to Chopticon in Week 4, 35-8. Also at 7 p.m. Friday, Westlake will host McDonough versus a Rams team that was edged by Calvert, 14-7.
North Point junior quarterback Jemichael Jones waits for the snap in the shotgun with junior running back Omar Poole in the backfield in Friday night’s 30-18 win over visiting Westlake. Jones threw for 201 yards and four touchdowns in the contest.
Westlake’s Malik Opiyo runs for extra yardage on a screen pass in Friday night’s 30-18 loss to host North Point in a SMAC nondivision football contest.