Great Mills, MD— Entering play Friday night, Great Mills was in a playoff spot. A win against a 4A school would greatly influence their point average and solidify them a playoff berth. Luckily, their opponent was a 4A school, that being North Point. The weather was less than par as just before kickoff, Mother Nature dumped rain all over the stadium.

Despite the weather, Great Mills took the opening kickoff, and returned it all the way down to the North Point 17 yard line. They could not move the ball past that point however, and had to settle with a field goal.  A 17 yard field goal put Great Mills ahead 3-0. Due to the weather conditions, North Point had to tone down its usual air raid offense, and go to the ground game. Their first drive had a 57 yard run to set the Eagles up deep inside Great Mills territory, but 4 straight running plays that combined for 0 yards turned the ball over to Great Mills. Great Mills took possession, gained a first down, then ran 3 plays that only gained a yard. They were forced to punt, however a 19 yard punt gave North Point the ball on Great Mills side of the 50. 3 running plays later, and the Eagles found pay dirt on a gashing 17 yard run by Demond Hicks. The extra point was no good, but even still, the Eagles were up 6-3 with 2:28 left in the first. The first quarter ended with that being the score.

The second quarter is when the wheels started to fall off for the Hornets. North Point controlled the clock, and had several drives lengthened by penalties. In the second quarter, North Point wide out Malik Lawrence had two 70 plus yard touchdown receptions called back due to holding calls. Malachi McMillan was ejected from the game for collecting two dead ball fouls. Both of his were unsportsmanlike conduct penalties as he jawed with the Hornets bench. Regardless, North Point scored with 8:58 left in the half on a middle screen to Zach Doss from 17 yards out. This score put the Eagles up 14-6 as they made the two point conversions. Following the score, the penalties continued to mount for the Eagles. In total, there were 5 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the quarter, killing any momentum the teams could’ve had. The score at half was 14-6.

In the third quarter, Great Mills couldn’t out of their own way offensively as the Eagles struggle to move the ball due to the conditions. The third quarter was a punt fest as every drive by both teams ended in a punt.   The fourth quarter finally turned the tides as North Point began to capitalize on their opportunities. They scored on a 46 yard pass from Jermichael Jones to Lawerence, who finally scored. Off of an interception, Jones ran one in himself to put the score at 28-3, and to cap off the scoring, Daion Harley scored a 9 yard touchdown on a reverse to bring the score to 35-3. Great Mills strugged and only ran 19 plays in the quarter.

North Point improves to 7-1 while Great Mills drops to 3-5. North Point will play at home against Huntingtown next week, while Great Mills will play at home against St Charles.