April 23, 2018

Behind Jones’ four total touchdowns, No. 25 North Point routs Old Mill, 42-0

WALDORF — JeMichael Jones shifted right and then bounced left, following behind the durable North Point offensive line that operated like a well-oiled machine. A few gallops later, after blowing through the rickety Old Mill front-seven and stiff-arming a pair of Patriots defenders, Jones put on the burners 45 yards to the house, igniting a running clock and putting an exclamation point on the Eagles season-opener.

The Howard quarterback commit amassed 236 total yards and four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) on Friday night, powering No. 25 North Point past 4A East foe Old Mill at home, 42-0.

“We came out to hunt. We came out prepared,” said Jones, who ran for 91 yards on seven carries and threw for 145 yards on 6-for-12 passing. “We came out ready to work.”

From the onset, Jones put the Eagles into high-gear, marching 62 yards to the end zone on the opening drive — connecting with Chelen Garnes on a 27-yard slant across the middle, which put North Point on the board, 7-0. Two plays into their second offensive possession, Garnes ripped through the line of scrimmage for a 68-yard gash, making it 14-0 and soon after, Garnes took a hook-and-later 50 yards to the house, which padded North Point’s cushion, 21-0.

“All I saw was green grass,” Garnes said.

Along with his three first half touchdowns, Garnes finished the night with 166 total yards – 125 on the ground and 41 through the air.

“We just came out here with a dub mentality,” Garnes said. “We were hyped. Ain’t nobody wanted to see us win. We came out here and did our thing

Right before halftime, the Eagles cashed in off an Old Mill punt gone awry when Jones found Malik Lawerence (10-3 receiving yards on five receptions) on a 12-yard score. North Point led 28-0 at the break and swelled it to 35-0 when Jones gashed the Patriots on his 45-yard scamper.

North Point tripled Old Mill’s output in total yards, 363-114 – turning what was billed to be an intriguing matchup between the No. 17 and 18 team in the Maryland state media poll into a rout

“Coach McCormick does a good job with his kids. You don’t think going into a game like this you’re going to have a score like that, but we played in all three phases tonight,” North Point coach Tom Petre said. “We ended up on the good side of it.”

Isaiah Batts led Old Mill in rushing with 66 yards on 14 carries.

Last November, a first-round playoff exit fueled bitterness and a imprinted an image into the minds of North Point players they never want to see again: Seeing a promising season spiral down the drain because of lackluster postseason play. They can’t get back in the same position in one night, but they sure took the all-important first step in doing so with the romp on their home turf.

“A good bulk of these kids have played two games in the 4A East playoff region [the past two years], and they’ve come home with not the results they like,” Petre said. “The kids attacked the offseason hard. It’s been in their head. I think they wanted to prove they belong here.”

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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