North Point too much for Arundel, 43-13

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 their’s 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.”

The Eagles used good field position to take a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. After taking over at the Arundel 40, the Eagles struck first when Lawrence scored on a 5-yard run on fourth down. After the Wildcats elected to go for it on fourth down from their own 33 on the next drive, the Eagles took over after an incomplete pass. The Eagles converted on fourth down to keep the drive alive, then two plays later were in the end zone again when Williams hit Deandre Beverly for a 7-yard touchdown and the 2-point conversion made it 15-0.

North Point used its defense to add to its lead. With Arundel driving, Slye fumbled while trying to pick up a first down on fourth down and the Eagles’ Ted Gleaton recovered the ball at the North Point 5-yard line, broke a few tackles and raced down the right sideline and into the end zone.

An interception from James Warner on Arundel’s next drive led to another score when Williams hit Lawrence from 18 yards out and North Point went into halftime with a commanding 29-0 lead.

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.”

Arundel (9-2) 0 0 13 0 — 13

North Point (11-0) 7 22 7 7 — 43

First quarter

NP — Lawrence 5 run (Patterson kick)

Second quarter

NP — Beverly 7 pass from Williams (Barnes pass from Williams)

NP — Gleaton 95 fumble return (Patterson kick)

NP — Lawrence 18 pass from Williams (Patterson kick)

Third quarter

AR — Andrews 6 run (Mills kick)

AR — Slye 12 run (pass failed)

NP — Williams 7 run (Patterson kick)

Fourth quarter

NP — Lawrence 100 interception return (Patterson kick)

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