If you want to spoil a homecoming party, invite North County.
The ninth-ranked Knights (7-1) destroyed seventh-ranked Annapolis, 40-6, to spoil the Panthers' homecoming and throw the Anne Arundel County Class 4A League race into a three-team race.
Just three weeks ago, North County spoiled homecoming at Severna Park with a 27-20 victory.
Last night, the Knights took over first in the region and in the 4A league by a half-game at 5-1 over Annapolis and Arundel, both 4-1.
Annapolis (6-2 overall) visits Arundel next and plays host to archrival Severna Park in its final game. North County has only Meade left on its 4A schedule. The Knights conclude their season with Class 3A Broadneck.
In the romp over Annapolis, the Knights of coach Chuck Markiewicz, who was enjoying his first win over the Panthers (1-4 career, 1-2 at North County) amassed more than 500 yards of total offense.
Ace back Mike Drocella ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and quarterback Justin Rice completed 19 of 26 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns.
The North County defense, led by linebackers Troy Fowlkes and Reggie Moore, did not allow an Annapolis first down in the first half and stymied the county's leading rusher, Kenny Boyd.
Boyd, who came into the game with county-leading totals of 1,060 yards, 14 touchdowns and 88 total points, had only 25 yards in the first half and finished with 67 rushing on 19 carries.
Drocella rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and quarterback Rice completed 12 of 14 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Knights rolled to a 34-0 lead.
Rice, who now has a metro-area-leading 21 touchdown passes, put the Knights on the board with 8:18 left in the first period on a 5-yard run around end to make it 6-0.
A little more than three minutes later, Lamont Brown gathered in a Rice screen pass and went 32 yards to make it 12-0.
Because his Knights had missed on their first conversion kick, Markiewicz chose to get it back with a two-point conversion pass, but it fell incomplete.
North County scored 22 more points in the second period, highlighted by Drocella's 2-yard plunge with four seconds left in the half.
Drocella, who gained 93 yards on nine carries in the first period, scored his first touchdown on a 5-yard run with 10:46 to go.
After stumbling at the 10, Knights end Kevin Mitchell recovered, grabbed a Rice pass and lumbered into the end zone covering 39 yards with 7:43 left. Jamie Feuerherd kicked the extra point.
Arundel 26, Old Mill 7
Pat Cillento completed four of eight passes for 106 yards, leading Arundel (5-3, 4-1) past host Old Mill (1-7, 1-4) in an Anne Arundel County 4A League game.
With the victory, the Wildcats moved into a tie for second with Annapolis (4-1).
Arundel jumped out a 14-0 first-quarter lead, behind a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown by Vince Faunteleroy and 1-yard touchdown run by Kevin Dodson.
Severna Park 28, Glen Burnie 6
Matt Long scored two touchdowns to lead Severna Park (5-3, 2-3) past Glen Burnie (4-4, 2-3) in an Anne Arundel 4A League game.
The Pointers' Mark Fry for 175 yards on 17 carries. Severna Park had 353 total rushing yards.