Strong second half leads Eagles past Raiders
North Point traveled to St. Mary’s County to take on the Leonardtown Raiders in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division contest Friday night as the hosts celebrated their homecoming.
North Point led by a mere point at the half, but that lead swelled into a 36-6 Eagles’ victory by night’s end.
The win was the fourth straight for North Point (6-1, 3-0 SMAC Potomac), which won two of the four games by shutout.
Eagles quarterback Je-michael Jones threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Eagles’ attack. Malachi Mcmillian found the end zone twice, while Malik Lawrence scored a receiving touchdown and Demond Hicks cashed in as well for the Eagles.
North Point head coach Tom Petre said the Raiders showed a defense that they hadn’t seen yet.
“We came out a little bit flat and Leonardtown played really well in the first half,” Petre said. “They did some things defensively that we hadn’t seen and we made some adjustments at halftime. The kids came out and played more of an inspired second half and we were able to get some things going.”
Petre said the team, like everybody else, is working on getting better ever y week.
“The main goal is the consistency this time of the year,” he said, “and prepare for what is a playoff season.”
North Point is scheduled to travel to Great Mills this Friday for a 6 p.m. kickoff with the Hornets. Great Mills fell 48-20 to Lackey in Week 7.
Leonardtown head coach Ron Weinberger said his team continues to fight and be committed. The Raiders (1-6, 1-2) are looking to finish
out the season with a few wins.
“We were playing really well [in first half] and they just came out in the second half and got some big plays on us and they adjusted to our offense,” Weinberger said. “They made some plays and we couldn’t move them. They’re obviously a very big and fast team so we struggled in the second half with it.”
Monday, an investigation by Calvert County Student Services revealed that Northern had used ineligible players, therefore a Sept. 23 loss to the Patriots turns into a 2-0 forfeit victory for Leonardtown.
In Friday’s game, Leonardtown senior Zack Yowell scored the only touchdown for the Raiders on a 19-yard reception from Spencer Waugh, who finished with 70 passing yards. John Deems also had 2 catches for 38 yards.
The Raiders finished with 128 rushing yards. Senior Zach Knell, who was voted homecoming king, led the defense in tackles with nine.
“The boys fought hard and we may say that every week,” Weinberger said, “but they still keep plugging and fighting. I think it says a lot. We had great fans. The place was packed. I know it was homecoming, but we had a great crowd the week before, too, so at Leonardtown it takes a special person to say, I want to make a difference. It just takes a little while to work at it; get bigger, faster stronger. It takes time and I think we have the guys that can do that, it’s just going to take time to get there.”
Leonardtown will travel to Huntingtown this Friday for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Hurricanes, who earned their first win in Week 7 at St. Charles.