Wild­cats meet their match as North Point rolls

The Capital - - SPORTS - By Bob Hough bhough@capgaznews.com NORTH POINT 43, ARUN­DEL 13

WAL­DORF — When Arun­del fell to North Point last year in the playoffs, the Wild­cats left Wal­dorf feel­ing like they let a game get away that they very eas­ily could have won.

It was a dif­fer­ent story this year.

The host Ea­gles broke open a tight game with 22 sec­ond-quar­ter points and rolled to a 43-13 vic­tory over Arun­del on Fri­day in a Class 4A East Re­gion semi­fi­nal. North Point (11-0) ad­vances to next week's re­gion fi­nal where it will host South River, which up­set Broadneck on Fri­day.

“They had a great game plan coming in, and I thought we did, too,” Arun­del coach Jack Walsh said. “There's no doubt they ex­e­cuted theirs bet­ter than we did, and the score­board re­flects that.”

Asa Wil­liams threw two touch­down passes and ran for an­other and Ma­lik Lawrence ran for a touch­down, caught a touch­down pass and added a 100-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down for the Ea­gles.

Af­ter shut­ting out St. Charles in the fourth quar­ter of a 41-14 win on Oct. 12, the Ea­gles closed the reg­u­lar sea­son with three shutouts. Af­ter shut­ting out the Wild­cats in the first half on Fri­day, their shutout streak reached 15 quar­ters be­fore Jor­dan An­drews scored for Arun­del four min­utes into the sec­ond half.

The Wild­cats got as close as 29-13 on Austin Slye's 12-yard touch­down run, but Lawrence re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off all the way to the Arun­del 10 and the Ea­gles scored three plays later to give them more of a cush­ion.

North Point will go for its sec­ond straight re­gion ti­tle when it hosts the Sea­hawks on Fri­day.

“It's a good re­gion. They play re­ally good foot­ball up in Anne Arun­del County,” North Point coach Tom Pe­tre said. “We've known that for years, and a lot of peo­ple around here don't know as much about it up there as us. We re­spect the level of play up there and we're go­ing to prepare no dif­fer­ently than if it was Broadneck or any­one else.”

Ja'Von John­son in­ter­cepted a pass and De­vaun Nevils re­cov­ered a fum­ble for the Wild­cats.

“We had a fan­tas­tic first sea­son,” said Walsh, who led the Wild­cats to nine wins in his first year as head coach. “Most im­por­tantly fan­tas­tic kids and coaches to share it with. I wouldn't trade that for noth­ing. Those kids played their hearts out for us, there's no doubt about that.”

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