Rush­ing at­tack wears down the Spar­tans

North Point gets rush­ing TDs from Jones, Poole in shutout win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Be­hind a strong of­fen­sive line, the North Point back­field saw gap­ing holes all game long in Friday’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion football con­test.

In turn, the Ea­gles hit a sea­son-high in 316 yards on 60 car­ries in the 31-0

vic­tory over the vis­it­ing St. Charles Spar­tans.

North Point (4-1, 1-0 SMAC Po­tomac), which won its sec­ond straight game, picked up its first shutout of the sea­son.

The Ea­gles boasted two 100-plus yard rush­ers in the con­test. Ju­nior Omar Poole led all rush­ers with a 170 yards on 27 car­ries and a touch­down, while ju­nior quar­ter­back Jemichael Jones car­ried the ball 14 times for 101 yards and three touch­downs for North Point.

“Last week I wasn’t re­ally us­ing my feet, but this week I fo­cused on do­ing that,” Jones said. “This was another big win for us. We know each week is im­por­tant if we want to make the play­offs.”

The game was de­layed for 30 min­utes with 48 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter due to light­ning.

The Ea­gles de­fense also forced four St. Charles turnovers with two in­ter­cep­tions and two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies.

“We were re­ally fo­cused in prac­tice this week,” North Point se­nior de­fen­sive end Don Jones said. “Some­times we lose fo­cus, but we were on our game and fol­lowed all of our as­sign­ments. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

North Point scored all of its points in the sec­ond and third quar­ters.

St. Charles (1-4, 0-2), which has al­lowed 30 points or more in each game of its cur­rent three­game los­ing streak, drove 61 yards on its open­ing pos­ses­sion, but on a fourth down and goal at the 2-yard line, ju­nior Chris­tian Wood missed a 19-yard field goal with 6:52 left in the first quar­ter.

“We knew St. Charles would come in ready. [Head coach] Av­ery [Wil­liams] does a great job and they are tough phys­i­cal kids and play hard for the whole game,” North Point head coach Tom Pe­tre said. “We wanted p.m. Friday in another di­vi­sion con­test that also will have Class 4A East play­off im­pli­ca­tions. The Braves de­feated Hunt­ing­town on Mon­day night, 27-3.

“Any­time you go into the next week with a win you feel good about it,” Pe­tre said.

Af­ter a score­less first quar­ter, North Point scored on back-to-back pos­ses­sions in the sec­ond as Jones scored on runs of 5 and 6 yards to give it a 14-0 half­time lead.

With 7 min­utes 45 sec­onds left in the third, the Ea­gles, who had 22 first downs in the game, marched 55 yards as Jones capped off the drive with a 10-yard touch­down run to take a 21-0 lead af­ter the ex­tra point.

Kicker Evan Pat­ter­son pushed the lead to 24-0 af­ter a 26-yard field goal with 3:21 re­main­ing to cap off a 6-play, 42-yard drive.

Af­ter a St. Charles fum­ble on the en­su­ing drive, Poole re­sponded with a 34-yard touch­down to cap off the scor­ing.

The Spar­tans were held to just 71 yards rush­ing on 37 car­ries. Se­nior quar­ter­back Mar­lon Brown threw for 93 yards in the loss.

“We have to find a way to be able to fin­ish,” said Wil­liams, whose team is sched­uled to take on La Plata in a di­vi­sion con­test at 7 p.m. Friday. The War­riors fell to Thomas Stone, 31-30, in Week 5. “Af­ter that first drive, it was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent out­come and my hats are off to coach Pe­tre and his staff for hav­ing his guys ready to play football for four quar­ters.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point ju­nior quar­ter­back Jemichael Jones lunges for a 6-yard rush­ing touch­down run un­der the duress of St. Charles de­fend­ers late in the sec­ond quar­ter. It was one of his three rush­ing scores in Friday’s 31-0 win over the Spar­tans in a SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point ju­nior run­ning back Omar Poole, cen­ter, is con­grat­u­lated by se­nior team­mates Keisean Wil­son, left, and Malachi McMil­lan af­ter his 31-yard touch­down late in the third quar­ter of Friday’s 31-0 over vis­it­ing St. Charles in a SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test.

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