North Point football shuts out North­ern

Ea­gles get sev­enth straight win, take Po­tomac Di­vi­sion ti­tle, earn third seed in 4A East play­offs

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

The North Point foot- ball team capped off the 2016 reg­u­lar sea­son with a 49-0 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing North­ern Pa­tri­ots in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test.

It was the sev­enth win in a row for North Point (9-1, 6-0 SMAC Po­tomac), which fin­ished un­de­feated in the di­vi­sion for the sec­ond year in a row en route to the di­vi­sion ti­tle.

The Ea­gles now en­ter the Class 4A East Re­gion play­offs as the No. 3 seed and will travel to take on sec­ond-seeded An­napo­lis of Anne Arun­del County in Fri­day night’s re­gion semi­fi­nals, sched­uled for 7 p.m.

North Point was dom­i­nant on both sides of the football as it stormed out to a 21-0 first-quar­ter lead and went up 36-0 at half­time. It was the Ea- gles’ third shutout of the sea­son.

North Point had 474 yards of to­tal of­fense as ju­nior dual threat quar- ter­back Jemichael Jones ac­counted for all six touch­downs scored in the game.

En­ter­ing the post­sea- son, Jones has thrown for 2,158 yards and 23 touch­downs, while rush­ing for 1,020 yards and 14 scores.

Jones com­pleted 7 of 8 passes for 254 yards and four touch­downs with an in­ter­cep­tion. He also was the game’s lead­ing rusher, car­ry­ing the ball 10 times for 136 yards and two touch­downs.

North Point ju­nior Chel- en Garnes led all re­ceiv- ers with three catches for 123 yards and one touch­down.

Sopho­more re­ceiver Ma­lik Lawrence had two re­cep­tions for 70 yards and two touch­downs for the Ea­gles.

Se­nior line­backer Keisean Wil­son led North Point on de­fense with 10 tack­les in the game.

North­ern (1-9, 0-6), which only had 162 yards of to­tal of­fense, was led by ju­nior run­ning back Xavier Har­ris with 76 yards on 17 car­ries. Se­nior quar­ter­back Gun­nar Chris­tian­son was held to just 25 yards pass­ing on four com­ple­tions.

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