Home­com­ing spoil­ers

Strong sec­ond half leads Ea­gles past Raiders

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com

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.

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