Wildcats meet their match as North Point rolls
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.”