North Point foot­ball downs Hunt­ing­town

Ea­gles notch sixth straight vic­tor y

Maryland Independent - - Letting It Fly - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­ Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

Since see­ing their bid for a sec­ond straight per- fect sea­son against South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence op­po­nents come to an end with a 28-7 set­back against Calvert in Week 3, the North Point High School foot­ball team has won six straight games since, in­clud­ing a 35-7 vic­tory over Hunt­ing­town in a SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion con­test on Fri- day night.

North Point (8-1, 5-0 SMAC Po­tomac) is cur- rently sit­ting third in the Class 4A East Re­gion point stand­ings be­hind a pair of un­beaten teams from Anne Arun­del County, Old Mill (9-0) and An­napo­lis (9-0), which play one an­other this week­end. Just be­hind the Ea­gles is an­other pair of Anne Arun­del schools, Broad­neck (6-3) and Arun­del (6-3), of which one is likely to miss the post­sea­son.

“We have film on a num- ber of those teams, but it’s hard to de­ter­mine which team we’re go­ing to play if we do make the post- sea­son again,” said North Point head coach Tom Pe­tre, whose team will face North­ern (1-8), a squad that was on the cusp of reach­ing the play­offs un­til hav­ing its first four wins stripped for using in­eligi- ble play­ers. The Pa­tri­ots did win in Week 9 over McDonough, 43-33. “First things first, we have to take care of busi­ness this week­end against a good North­ern team that we know is go­ing to be ready to play.”

Last week ver­sus Hunt­ing­town (2-7, 1-5), a team that won one game on the field and had an­other win handed to them cour­tesy of North­ern via for­feit, Pe­tre ad­mit­ted the team ac­tu­ally started slowly and fi­nally righted ship in the sec­ond half.

“We kind of hard a slow start last week against Hunt­ing­town,” said Pe­tre, whose team has won its last six games by a com- bined sum of 193-34, in- clud­ing a pair of shutout vic­to­ries. “We fi­nally got some things go­ing of­fen- sively in the sec­ond half, but we started slowly. That’s some­thing we’ve been deal­ing with all sea- son. We’re still a young team and some­times it takes them un­til the third quar­ter to re­ally get things go­ing.”

Hunt­ing­town first-year head coach Paul Friel will watch his cur­rent team end the sea­son on Fri- day against his pre­vi­ous squad at Thomas Stone. The con­test is sched­uled for 7 p.m. ver­sus a Stone squad that lost 43-6 to Patux­ent in Week 9.

Nei­ther the Hur­ri­canes or the Cougars are in line for post­sea­son play, so nei­ther is ca­pa­ble of play- ing the spoiler role this week­end, but Friel is hop­ing his squad con­tin­ues to show im­prove­ment.

“One thing about this team is we’re not as deep be­cause we kept a lot of guys down on ju­nior var­sity that we felt were just not ready for var­sity this year,” Friel said. “But our guys have shown plenty of progress all sea­son. I thought we played well in the first half last week against North Point. They fi­nally hit some big plays in the sec­ond half, but over­all I was happy. This week when we play Stone there won’t be any­thing on the line, but I know a lot of those guys are go­ing to be ea­ger to beat their for­mer coach.”

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