Lexington Park, MD – North Point entered the 4A East playoffs as the No.2 seed, and they dominated their first-round opponent, Arundel (9-1) by 40 points, winning that game 43-13. North Point has dominated their opponents all season, and the Eagles left the 4A East regional final with a statement win, echoing their dominance. North Point faced 4-seed (7-4) South River which upset undefeated Broadneck in the first round of the playoffs 21-28. (Sr.) and the Seahawks hoped to carry their momentum into the second week of the playoffs.
North Point’s James Warner Jr. returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, electrifying the home sideline and stands. The excitement quickly transferred to the away side of the stadium when the opening score was called back due to a penalty. North Point then went three and out and punted to South River. Seahawks running back, senior Joe Foy, went on to score the game’s first points later in the quarter on a 46-yard run. By the end of the first quarter, North Point was able to get three points on the board, but South River lead the Eagles 7-3.
North Point scored quickly in the second on a 4-yard touchdown pass from junior Asa Williams to senior Malik Lawrence. They scored again after a 52-yard drive that was capped off by a Corey Johnson 22-yard touchdown run. Ending the half with 17 unanswered, North Point carried their momentum into the second half. The Eagles finished the game with 46 unanswered points, beating South River 46-7, improving to (12-0) on the year. There wasn’t much North Point could not do against the Seahawks. Williams finished the game completing 13 of 22 passes for 294 yards, four touchdowns and another 99-yards on the ground. Johnson recorded 155 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns, and Lawrence had seven receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Seniors Camron In and Deandre Beverly recorded a receiving score each. The team had three interceptions with Lawrence, (Jr.) Micah Prout, and (Jr.) Caelen Carson each recording one. Lawrence also recorded an 85-yard kick return for the Eagles. North Point will play home against 10-1 Mervo from Baltimore in the State Semifinals.
The other playoff game in SMAC was between interconference and county rivals Northern and Huntingtown. The expected defensive battle did not disappoint as both teams were unable to surpass 21-points. Though both defenses played well, the Hurricanes defensive play was able to create more opportunity for their offense. Huntingtown forced the Patriots to turn the ball over four times in the first half and five times total. The Hurricanes scored 20 points in the first half, and that proved to be all they needed as they won 20-7. Senior Justin Foreman and junior Clay Wargo each rushed for a touchdown and (Sr.) Hunter Bray who kicks and starts at quarterback kicked two field goals to give the ‘Canes 20 their 20 points. Huntingtown safety senior Nick Reynolds had two interceptions, complemented by sophomore Colin Wargo who had one. Senior Evan Lively and Clay Wargo each caused fumbles in the first half. Northern’s only score came from a Rex Flemming touchdown run in the third quarter. The (10-2) Hurricanes will go on to face 3A North Champion (10-2) Franklin High School in Baltimore.
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