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us,” Jones said. “We re­ally had that in mind. It was prob­a­bly one of our best weeks of prac­tice all sea­son. This was a 4A ver­sus 4A game. If we had lost, we prob­a­bly would have been out of the play­offs.”

Pe­tre said, “I think they un­der­stand our re­gional align­ment and un­der­stand the sched­ule we play and what hap­pens up the road. Up the road they’re play­ing a lot of 4A teams and ac­cu­mu­lat­ing a lot of 4A points. It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent down here, so they un­der­stand there is a very slim mar­gin for er­ror. We had a slip early in the year and that’s re­ally all you’re af­forded when you’re play­ing the sched­ule we’re play­ing and then play­ing in the re­gion we’re play­ing in.”

The week was tough for Chop­ti­con (5-1, 2-1) right from the start, as the Braves had to play their Week 5 game against Huntingtown on Mon­day night. That left the Braves with just three days to pre­pare for the al­ways-strong Ea­gles, and on the road at that.

“We had a lot of trou­ble at the line of scrim­mage. That made us have to change our game plan a lit­tle and it also put our de­fense in a bad po­si­tion. We did not ex­e­cute well at all on of­fense,” Chop­ti­con head coach Tony Lisanti said. “North Point def­i­nitely con­trolled the line of scrim­mage and made us work for ev­ery­thing we had to do. I thought we played a good de­fen­sive game for three quar­ters, but we just couldn’t hang on.”

Chop­ti­con is sched­uled to host North­ern, it­self a play­off con­tender in the 3A South Re­gion, at 6 p.m. Fri­day. The Pa­tri­ots are at 3-0 in the Po­tomac after a 21-14 over Huntingtown in Week 6, their fourth win in a row.

North Point is sched­uled to travel to Leonard­town on Fri­day, also a 6 p.m. start, against a Raiders team that fell to Great Mills in Week 6, 24-16.

The Ea­gles have now strung to­gether three straight wins after a Week 4 loss at Calvert and are hop­ing to con­tinue build­ing mo­men­tum through the end of the sea­son. That loss to Calvert was part of a mat­u­ra­tion process that is nowhere near its con­clu­sion, ac­cord­ing to Pe­tre.

“I think they’re grow­ing well. We’re still a young team, a lot of peo­ple may not re­al­ize that, but we’re a ju­nior-laden team and [Lawrence] is a sopho­more,” he said. “They’re still a pretty young group and there is still a lot of grow­ing along the way this year. The loss to Calvert a few weeks ago showed them there is still a lot of work to be done.” Twitter: @cfh­philly

North Point’s Ma­lik Lawrence jumps up on Jemichael Jones after Jones rushed for a 5-yard touch­down in the third quar­ter of the Ea­gles’ 26-0 win against the vis­it­ing Chop­ti­con Braves on Fri­day night.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY ANDY STATES

North Point head coach Tom Pe­tre ad­dresses his team fol­low­ing its 26-0 home­com­ing win over the vis­it­ing Chop­ti­con Braves on Fri­day night.

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