“We came into the game knowing that it was going to be a dog fight with [Thomas] Stone because of the rivalry,” said Marquel Dickerson, shown last year vs. Friendship Collegiate. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The difference between North Point’s 0-2 start and their current 2-2 record is practice, according to running back Marquel Dickerson.

“For these past two weeks we’ve been coming out and trying to execute a little bit more,” Dickerson said. “We’ve gotten more serious about our assignments and that’s made a difference. Once we’re at 0-2, we know it’s basically crunch time and we can’t lose any more games.”

The Eagles went into double overtime against Thomas Stone but managed to force and recover a fumble in the last possession to take the win, 42-35.

“We came into the game knowing that it was going to be a dog fight with Stone because of the rivalry,” Dickerson said of the neighboring Waldorf school.

Thomas Stone (2-2) sought to shut down the Eagles’ running game with a seven-man box, and North Point responded by emphasizing their passing game with 287 total receiving yards.

Running back Juwann Briscoe contributed 23 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, and quarterback Keiron Morsell rebounded from a Week 3 ankle sprain with four completions for 25 yards and a touchdown and five carries for 64 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Elsewhere in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, Patuxent (4-0) running back Rafiq Douglas made his 2013 debut with 14 carries, 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 36-34 win at Queen Anne’s County. La Plata (1-4) quarterback Alex Calvert threw for 17 completions, 311 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-30 loss to Westlake (4-1) . . . Huntingtown (4-0) maintained its spot atop the conference with a 28-6 win at previously undefeated Leonardtown (3-1) . . . Lackey (3-1) beat Calvert (1-3), 39-7 and McDonough and Great Mills are still looking for their first W after falling 24-12 to Northern (3-1) and 34-20 to Chopticon (1-3).