North Point foot­ball wins, now 4-0

Score in ev­ery quar­ter, now 4-0

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By COLIN STOECKER cstoecker@somd­news.com

The North Point Ea­gles kept their per­fect record in­tact with a 42-19 road vic­tory over the Chop­ti­con Braves on Fri­day night in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test.

The Ea­gles (4-0 over­all, 1-0 SMAC Po­tomac) led 14-7 af­ter a quar­ter and 28-13 at half­time en route to the win.

“It went well. I thought the kids re­sponded well tonight,” North Point head coach Tom Pe­tre said. “Chop­ti­con is a well-coached team, they’re a very phys­i­cal team and very big up front. I’m proud of the way our guys played tonight and I felt like they played ef­fec­tively and had a good night. A cou­ple of our run­ning backs had a good night.”

The Ea­gles were first to score as ju­nior run­ning back Corey John­son sprinted 70 yards to score just four min­utes into the game. Se­nior kicker Evan Pat­ter­son made the ex­tra point and the Ea­gles led 7-0.

“I did good, I just felt all my ad­ver­sity through the sea­son and put it to the field,” John­son said. “I just come on the field and give it my all

ev­ery play, I had some missed blocks but I did my best. I just ran hard and read my blocks, and got some help from my line­men. We got a lot more games to go this sea­son, but its a big win for us.”

Chop­ti­con (1-3, 0-1) an­swered back on ju­nior run­ning back Devon Townsend’s touch­down from a yard out. Se­nior kicker Dy­lan Ede­len con­nected on the ex­tra point and the game was tied at 7 with 4 min­utes 31 sec­onds left to go in the first quar­ter.

“I couldn’t do with­out my O-line,” Townsend said. “They blocked very good. We just had men­tal mis­takes, like turnovers and stuff that cost us the game. I just fol­lowed the O-line. I play this sea­son, but it’s just in

spurts if I mess up my an­kle or some­thing. I will try to come back next year and be strong as the best player.”

With just sec­onds left be­fore the quar­ter’s end, North Point ju­nior quar­ter­back Asa Wil­liams ran the ball into the end zone for a 4-yard touch­down run on third down and goal. The kick was good and the Ea­gles led 14-7 af­ter one quar­ter.

Wil­liams was 9 of 15 pass­ing for 159 yards with a touch­down and an in­ter­cep­tion

To start the sec­ond quar­ter, John­son scored his sec­ond touch­down of the night and the vis­i­tors went up 21-7.

Just 20 sec­onds later, af­ter the Ea­gles in­ter­cepted Chop­ti­con ju­nior quar­ter­back Do­minic Cramp­ton’s pass, they scored again. Wil­liams ran in from two yards out and North Point led 28-7.

Cramp­ton took the ball into

his own hands and scored on a 1-yard touch­down run 14 sec­onds left be­fore half­time. The deficit was trimmed to 28-13, which was the half­time score.

To­wards the end of the third quar­ter, North Point an­swered with Wil­liams find­ing se­nior wide re­ceiver De­an­dre Bev­erly with a short pass in the end zone and it was 35-13.

In the fourth quar­ter, the Ea­gles scored once again with sopho­more quar­ter­back Te­dros Gleaton run­ning 15 yards into the end zone with 3:27 left to play. With Pat­ter­son’s sixth suc­cess­ful ex­tra point of the night, the Ea­gles held a com­mand­ing lead of 4213.

Chop­ti­con got on the board with 43 sec­onds re­main­ing as Cramp­ton con­nected with Jay Wil­liams for a touch­down pass. The Braves went for the 2-point con­ver­sion, but Cramp­ton’s

pass failed to find its tar­get, leav­ing the score at the end of the game at 42-19.

“Again we make too many er­rors,” Chop­ti­con head coach An­thony Lisanti said. “We had a re­ally big turnover in the red zone. We come out in the third quar­ter, and we get a huge punt re­turn that gets called back for a penalty. We give up the big play on the first of­fen­sive play. We have to ex­e­cute and we got a lot of guys step­ping in who haven’t played a lot. But they have to get it done in prac­tice. Hats off to North Point, they’re a good team. We did put three touch­downs on the board but we have to play bet­ter de­fense.”

The Braves are at Leonard­town for a 6 p.m. kick­off on Fri­day. The Raiders (0-4) were blanked by Hunt­ing­town in Week 4, 44-0.

“Devon Townsend was com­ing back from an in­jury and

I thought he did a good job,” Lisanti said. “There were a few guys out there who did a good job, but get­ting 11 on the field work­ing to­gether is the key and so far we haven’t achieved it. It’s just an­other chance to grow and get bet­ter.”

North Point will host Hunt­ing­town at 7 p.m. Fri­day in a bat­tle of 4-0 teams.

“Corey John­son and War­ren Whi­taker had a cou­ple of big runs. Asa Wil­liams our quar­ter­back had a good night,” Pe­tre said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to this week, hope­fully get a good week of prep and get an­other win in. En­joy it tonight, for­get it to­mor­row and get into the next one. We have a young team and I’m proud of where they’re at right now. We told them all year, that they’re a team in tran­si­tion and we have to take it one week at a time.”

STAFF PHOTO BY COLIN STOECKER

North Point cel­e­brates af­ter a 42-19 win at Chop­ti­con on Fri­day night. The Ea­gles moved to 4-0 and host 4-0 Hunt­ing­town on Fri­day.

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