Calvert foot­ball falls to North Point

Ea­gles move to 5-0 with win over Cava­liers

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

Che­len Garnes may not have known ex­actly how Thurs­day night’s game at Calvert was go­ing to tran­spire for he and his North Point team­mates. May not have known what the fi­nal score was go­ing to be or how many yards he and his Ea­gles team­mates would sur­ren­der. He did know it was go­ing to be dif­fer­ent than the last time North Point trav­eled to Calvert.

“Last year we came down here and got our bells rung,” he said, ref­er­enc­ing the Ea­gles’ 28-7 loss at Calvert in 2016. “This year we’re just prac­tic­ing as a team, stay­ing to­gether and learned how to beat them.”

This year North Point left Prince Fred­er­ick with a bet­ter taste in its col­lec­tive mouth, show­cas­ing it ex­plo­sive of­fense in a 50-14 South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion win over the Cava­liers.

Af­ter tak­ing a 22-0 lead into the half, the Ea­gles ran just 10 of­fen­sive plays in the se­cond half. Those 10 plays equaled 28 points, as the vis­i­tors ran away from an in­jury-de­pleted, but tena­cious Calvert squad.

“It was a tough game. Calvert’s a tough team,” North Point head coach Tom Pe­tre said. “[Calvert head coach] Ricky [Sneade] does an out­stand­ing job with his kids. They’re tough and phys­i­cal. They’re weight room kids. ... They were run­ning the ball a lit­tle bit. We made some ad­just­ments. Of­fen­sively, I thought we were able to get some things go­ing tonight. We had some pretty good con­sis­tency tonight on that side of the ball.”

For all of the of­fen­sive suc­cess North Point (5-0 over­all) en­joyed, its first drive ended with­out any points de­spite the Ea­gles driv­ing 92 yards.

Af­ter driv­ing all the way to the Calvert 1-yard line from their own 7, the Ea­gles se­ries went for naught when Calvert’s Corey Wat­son picked off a pass in the end zone. In­stead, North Point’s de­fense put the first points on the board, get­ting a safety on the Cava­liers’ sub­se­quent pos­ses­sion for the early 2-0 lead.

The Ea­gles’ of­fense didn’t leave many points on the field af­ter that.

Ma­lik Lawrence scored on a 42-yard rush with 4 min­utes 51 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter, while Joshua Crumb and quar­ter­back Jemichael Jones both scored rush­ing touch­downs in the se­cond quar­ter to in­crease the Ea­gles’ ad­van­tage to 22-0 by the half.

It was more of the same open­ing in the se­cond half, as Jones con­nected with Lawrence on a 74-yard touch­down pass to cap a three-play se­ries just 1 minute 34 sec­onds into the third quar­ter.

Calvert (2-3) then re­sponded with a 72-yard touch­down drive, cul­mi­nat­ing with Dre Mack­all’s 20-yard scor­ing run. The Cava­liers then re­cov­ered an on­side kick and scored again on TJ Prathers 4-yard run, slic­ing the gap to 29-14.

North Point quickly dis­missed any come­back as­pi­ra­tions the hosts may have had, as Garnes

hit Lawrence on a 46-yard half­back pass for a touch­down three plays into the Ea­gles’ next se­ries. Then, af­ter a Garnes in­ter­cep­tion set the Ea­gles up at the Calvert 30, Jones raced to the end zone from 30 yards out on the next play to push the lead to 43-14. Later, North Point capped the scor­ing with roughly four min­utes left in the game when Asa Wil­liams found Evan Pat­ter­son for a 12-yard touch­down.

For Jones, the Ea­gles’ per­for­mance on Thurs­day night was a pos­i­tive step, es­pe­cially for him af­ter he sat out the pre­vi­ous week’s game with a shoul­der in­jury.

“I think we per­formed well,” he said. “Of­fen­sive-wise we moved the ball. It was good for me com­ing back from my shoul­der in­jury. It was re­ally good for me to come back and us to put up 50 points. We’ve been work­ing hard in prac­tice, in films, weight lift­ing. We’ve just been fo­cused through­out the year.”

The North Point quar­ter­back threw for close to 200 yards and a touch­down while also run­ning for 46 yards and two scores as part of a rush­ing at­tack that rolled up in ex­cess of 260 yards. The Ea­gles were equally adept through the air, gain­ing 263 pass­ing. Lawrence led all re­ceivers with over 150 re­ceiv­ing yards, caught a pair of touch­down passes and rushed for an­other.

The sled­ding was much tougher for Calvert, as in­juries forced the Cava­liers to go to a quar­ter­back-by-com­mit­tee ap­proach headed up by Cade Mered­ith, who opened the week as a quar­ter­back on the ju­nior var­sity team. Still, the Cava­liers per­formed ad­mirably in push­ing one of the top teams in the con­fer­ence for three quar­ters. Calvert is sched­uled to play at Thomas Stone at 7 p.m. Fri­day.

“I think our kids’ ef­fort was as good as it can be,” Sneade said. “We did have a lot of ad­ver­sity. [Mered­ith] was a JV quar­ter­back just three days ago. [Prather] hasn’t played quar­ter­back all sea­son. [David All­wine] was a quar­ter­back up un­til about the fourth prac­tice of the sea­son. For them to come out and try to do that by com­mit­tee, hat’s off to them. The coaches did a nice job get­ting them ready to go.

“North Point has a ton of weapons. They’re good, very ex­plo­sive. They’re a great group of guys, their coaches, their play­ers. I al­ways en­joy bat­tling with them be­cause you’re go­ing to get a tough fight and you’re go­ing to get a class act. All in all it’s just a good night for foot­ball. Ob­vi­ously we’d like to win. It would be a huge, huge win for us con­sid­er­ing how green we are, but there’s noth­ing we can be up­set about with the kids’ ef­fort. It was ar­guably one of the bet­ter games we’ve played this year. It’s some­thing to build on for sure.”

PHOTO BY DEB­BIE MCIN­TOSH

Calvert’s TJ Prather scored a third-quar­ter touch­down ver­sus the vis­it­ing North Point Ea­gles on Thurs­day night. North Point won the con­test 50-14.

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