LINTHICUM, MD., SEPT. 14 -- Northern ruined the first home game for North County High School tonight, walking away with a 38-8 nonleague victory at the former Andover High School field.

North County, a member of the Anne Arundel County 4A League, came into existence this year when Andover and Brooklyn Park high schools merged. The Archers (Andover) and the Bees (Brooklyn Park) will now play as the Knights. The Knights will use Andover's schedule, which was completed before the merger.

The game drew a large crowd of North County fans, who were taught the school's new fight song at halftime by the Knights' marching band.

North County had a successful debut on the road last week, beating Meade, 6-3.

"We have a long way to go," Knights Coach Chuck Markiewicz said. "{Northern} has a hell of a football team. The kids beat Meade and thought they had it easy. They'll be okay. Sometimes you play a game like this. They make mistakes early and it snowballs. That's the way it goes."

The game was decided in the first quarter. Northern had a 28-0 lead before North County was able to get off more than two plays from scrimmage. The Knights committed three turnovers that led to 21 of the points.

The Patriots took the opening kickoff and went 68 yards on five plays. Damian Jones scored on a run from 13 yards after setting it up with a 34-yard sprint.

On North County's first play from scrimmage, quarterback John Ray was intercepted by Brian Fox at the Knights 27. Four plays later, Earl Harris scored from seven yards and the Patriots were up by 14-0. The third touchdown of the quarter was set up by yet another turnover, this time after Mike Quarles fumbled the kickoff. Jones scored again, this time from 11 yards.

North County's touchdown came on a nine-yard pass from Ray to Troy Ross with 7:23 left in the game. Damon Martin caught a pass from Ray for the conversion.