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