North Point Football Dominates Westlake for 3rd win


Joey Foote, Staff Writer

It was a good night Friday for the North Point Eagles Varsity Football Team. They headed into a big week 4 against their rivals, the Westlake Wolverines. The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to sophomore quarterback Jemichael Jones. Jones connected on a 70 yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Malachi McMillan. Jones got the defense to bite, then went over the top to his receiver. Westlake would respond at the end of the first quarter. Senior quarterback Chad Palmer threw a 20 yard touchdown strike and Westlake was right back in it. However, the ensuing extra point was no good and the Eagles kept a 7-6 lead. Sophomore kicker Evan Patterson connected on a 21 yard field goal to give the Eagles a 10-6 lead. They never looked back. Patterson says “I work my hardest everyday in practice to impress the coaches. I try not to think and just count 1,2,3 then kick.” Jemichael Jones threw another touchdown to his favorite target Malachi McMillan. The extra point was no good due to a bad snap, but the Eagles had a nice lead at 16-6. North Point tacked on another touchdown to take a commanding 23-6 halftime lead. However, Jones was only 3-11 in the first half, but 2 of his 3 connections put points on the board. Senior wide receiver Daion Harley spoke about what it’s like to play against Westlake. “We have to jump on them early and go from there,” Harley said. “It’s a passionate game and sometimes a heated one, but we just have to play our game and take it to them.” In the second half, Jones wasn’t himself at first. There were a few quick 3 and outs and Jones also had a couple of interceptions. Westlake took over and was driving, facing a 4th  and 3 in Eagles territory. But a false start moved Westlake back to a 4th and 8 in which they had to punt. Westlake committed 5 penalties, North Point had 8 themselves. Westlake cut into the North Point 23-12 at the end of the 3rd quarter, but Jones and McMillan weren’t done yet. They connected on a deflected pass, and McMillan blew past the defense for another touchdown. North Point had a 30-12 lead. Westlake scored again, but it was too late as North Point defeated their rivals 30-18. The Eagles bounced back after a tough week 3 loss to Calvert. North Point is now 3-1 on the year. The Wolverines dropped to 3-1 on the year following 3 straight wins. North Point will go for back to back wins against the St. Charles Spartans at home on Friday.