Now that it has gotten colder out, it has now evolved into every game is the most important of the season for some teams. A loss now could kill any playoff chances a team may have. There is a new sense of urgency among our 6 playoff potential teams from the area. This past Friday night, if you were busy watching the Royals beat the Blue Jays, or had other plans, have no fear. TheBayNet has your full recap of the action from an action-packed Week 8 Friday night.

St. Charles Spartans 12, Northern Patriots 6
  A week after getting shut out by one Calvert county team, St. Charles again trekked across the Benedict Bridge, only to take on Northern. Northern came into the game as the number one seed in the region, and was playing hot, riding a 5 game win streak. Northern jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead over the visiting Spartans, but their offense sputtered out the rest of the way. Their defense gave up a score in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to fall to St. Charles. St Charles improves to 3-5, while Northern falls to 5-3. Northern dropped to the 2 seed in the 3A South region.

Huntingtown Hurricanes 29, Leonardtown Raiders 0
  Putting up their second straight shutout, Huntingtown is looking to be getting on a roll at the right time. This is their second straight victory, and will ride whatever momentum they have gathered into SMAC’s most confident team next week, as they take on North Point. In this game, Huntingtown buried the Raiders, and didn’t let up. Huntingtown goes o 3-5, while Leonardtown falls to 1-6.

Westlake Wolverines 41, La Plata Warriors 14
  Westlake put up 20 points in the first quarter on La Plata, and led 27-7 at the half.  They then went into ball control mode in the second half, but used the remaining time to put up two more scores, and give up one to La Plata. Westlake improves to 7-1, while La Plata falls to 0-8. Westlake is now the 3 seed in the 2A south region.

Patuxent Panthers 28, Chopticon Braves 18
  This game featured several lead changes, as the Panthers tried to fight to keep their playoff hopes alive. They squandered the lead away early in the fourth quarter, but didn’t lose their composure, and scored two touchdowns afterwards, and recorded a safety to cap it off. Patuxent used this win to vault themselves back into the number 1 seed in the 2A south, but have a tough road to maintain it the last two weeks. They play Stone and Westlake back to back, two playoff teams in their own region. They improve to 7-1, while Chopticon drops to 4-4.

Lackey Chargers 13, McDonough Rams 0
  As it was dubbed by Lackey, they won the ‘Battle for Hawthorne’, meaning Hawthorne Road in La Plata. Lackey came out early, and put up 6 points quickly in the first quarter. But McDonough’s defense toughened up, and didn’t give up a score until the fourth quarter. The Ram’s offense couldn’t get moving however, as they suffered their 2nd shutout of the year. Lackey improves to 4-4, while McDonough drops to 0-8.

North Point Eagles 35, Great Mills Hornets 0
  North Point activated the running clock on Great Mills before the first half was over in this one. Pitching their second consecutive shutout by the same score, North Point cements itself as the Potomac Division Champs of SMAC. In this game, it was 14-0 at the end of one, and 35-0 at half. The second half only took 34 minutes to complete as Great Mills was unable to shut off the running clock. North Point improves to 8-0, and Great Mills drops to 1-7.

Stone Cougars 28, Calvert Cavaliers 7
  In what we had as our game of the week, the Cavaliers of Calvert travelled to Stone to look to knock Stone out of the playoff race by handing them their third loss. However, Stone came out hungry, and made its presence felt early. In order to read the full recap of the game, click here.

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