North Point foot­ball de­feats Great Mills Hor­nets

Ea­gles get out in front early and pre­vail

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

The North Point Ea­gles foot­ball team trav­eled to St. Mary’s County to chal­lenge the Great Mills Hor­nets in a Southern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test Fri­day night.

The Ea­gles led at halftime 14- 3 and took over in the se­cond half by scor­ing 21 points for a 35- 3 vic­tory.

North Point ran for a to­tal of 372 yards and passed for 224 yards on the night.

Ea­gles head coach Tom Pe­tre said, “We started slow the first half and picked up mo­men­tum in the third quar­ter.”

Jemichael Jones ran for two touch­downs, threw for two to Ma­lik Law­er­ence and Zach Doss. Daion Har­ley rounded out the scor­ing in the fourth quar­ter.

The Ea­gles ( 7- 1, 4- 0 SMAC Po­tomac) will host Hunt­ing­town at 7 p. m. Fri­day. The Hur­ri­canes were edged by Leonard­town in Week 8, 12- 9. Great Mills and its head coach Ty­rone Bell had Vin­cent Chap­man in un­der cen­ter as Yann Zeba was not cleared to start due to a con­cus­sion. Zeba hasn’t had any symp­toms for a cou­ple days and should be cleared to play for this week’s con­test, at 6 p. m. Fri­day ver­sus vis­it­ing St. Charles, by Thurs­day.

“He did the best he could,” Bell said of Chap­man. “We were able to fin­ish drives. They played hard, they ran and played to the best of their abil­ity. We’re ex­pect­ing Zeba back, but we’ll be prac­tic­ing Chap­man. With a smaller team like ours, you have to be pre­pared each week in case of ill­ness or in­jury.”

The Hor­nets ( 3- 5, 3- 1), who had 24 dressed play­ers in Fri­day’s loss to North Point, will have a fuller ros­ter this week against a St. Charles team that shut out North­ern in Week 7, 14- 0.

Chap­man was 4 for 12 pass­ing for 72 yards, with the long­est throw go­ing for 29 yards.

Se­nior Jeremiah Bald­win had three catches for 67 yards and sopho­more Troy Her­bert had one catch for five yards.

De­fen­sively, ju­nior Mar­lin Smith led with three solo tack­les and se­nior Ta­jon Whiten led with seven as­sisted tack­les.

Bell said he’s ex­cited to see fresh­man Dae­landre’ Barnes get the start this week.

“He’s a good story,” Bell said. “He left the ju­nior var­sity team this year and even­tu­ally apol­o­gized the the en­tire team and the coaches and asked to come back. I asked him why he wanted to come back, and he said he didn’t want to be a quit­ter. He’s mak­ing his first var­sity start Fri­day night. He’s one to watch.”

Bell said ev­ery­one’s focused on the Class 3A South Re­gion play­offs. Win­ning this week ver­sus the Spar­tans and against Chop­ti­con next week is es­sen­tial to make the cut.

“We’re chas­ing a dream that we haven’t had in a long time,” Bell said. “Ev­ery week the kids seem to get more and more focused. Years ago, the 35- 3 score use to be the halftime score, so we’re hold­ing teams back more now.”

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