North Point foot­ball bounces back vs. West­lake; Lackey runs past Stone

Ea­gles score 23 first-half points in win

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

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

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