Weekend football report: Maryland
Monday, September 27, 2010; 3:26 PM
The book on North Point is the Eagles will hit you hard and try to wear you down with a punishingly physical running game.
They may not be the flashiest team in the league, but through the first four weeks of the season they are starting to look like the best.
North Point improved to 4-0 with the win, and with Patuxent's 41-7 loss to McDonough the Eagles are the only remaining undefeated team in the conference.
"They're dominant at the line of scrimmage," Chopticon Coach Tony Lisanti said. "We hit [Onakoya] a lot but he's a really tough kid."
Chopticon had a 1st and 10 from the North Point 39 with about three minutes left on Friday, but just missed on a deep pass, then a short completion and two sacks ended the threat.
North Point hasn't lost a conference game since its 2008 regular-season finale; Chopticon is 2-2 through four games against opponents who have a combined record of 12-4, and faces 3-1 McDonough this week.
"We have the toughest schedule in the state," Lisanti said. "We got done with North Point and now I have to worry about McDonough. It's a constant challenge."
Around the SMAC
Huntingtown hadn't lost a SMAC game in nearly two years before falling to Chopticon in Week 3, but after their 30-12 loss against Westlake on Friday night the Hurricanes have lost back-to-back conference games for the first time since 2006. Westlake scored the last 22 points of the game, including a 35-yard touchdown catch and a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior Steven Kodossou. ... Senior quarterback Jordan Hurt had 11 carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns, and also threw for 200 yards on 13-of-17 passing as Great Mills improved to 3-1 with a 21-9 win over Northern. ...Thomas Stone scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Leonardtown bounced back to deny the Cougars their first victory of the season with a 20-14 win. ...On Saturday afternoon, quarterback Augustine Adams rushed 13 times for 61 yards and three touchdowns, and also went 8-for-17 for 117 yards passing, as La Plata surpassed its total scoring output from the first three games combined in a 39-22 win over Calvert. ...Lackey became the first SMAC team to drop an out-of-conference game this season when the Chargers lost 35-0 to MVAL power Urbana.
Prince George's report
The ball seemed to gravitate to Potomac (Md.) junior Dondre Echols this past Saturday. Playing wide receiver, he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Williams, but somehow it was easier for Echols to get a hold of the ball while playing free safety on defense.
Echols tied a state record by intercepting four passes - returning one for a touchdown, though it was negated by a penalty for an illegal block - as the Wolverines beat visiting Friendly, 30-16, in a game between Prince George's 3A/2A/1A teams with playoff aspirations.
"He was playing center field a couple times and it was thrown in his direction," Potomac Coach Ronnie Crump said. "Other times, he had to go get it."