With homecoming rout of Port in hand, GT now aims for state playoffs
Mongan throws 4 TD passes in victory
Germantown - Germantown defeated Port Washington, 42-21, on Friday night marking the fifth game this season the Warhawks have scored 42 or more points - all victories.
The Warhawks (5-2 overall, 3-2 in North Shore Conference), the conference leader in points scored at 40.4 per game, also happen to be allowing just 15.4 points per game, with three shutouts.
In defeating Port Washington, the host Warhawks used a little bit of everything, including a balanced offensive attack, a late interception by the defense and a special-teams touchdown to ice the game.
"It was a tough week with homecoming," head coach Jake Davis said. "I think we did a pretty good job considering all the distractions that come with this week."
With the win in hand, the Warhawks now head to Nicolet (1-3, 3-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday. If Germantown wins, it clinches a berth in the WIAA state playoffs and leaves itself with an outside chance for a share of the North Shore title.
The Warhawks gave themselves that opportunity with the emphatic homecoming win over Port (1-4, 2-5).
Senior quarterback Josh Mongan sparked the scoring on the opening drive with a 45-yard connection to senior Ben Holcomb just over four minutes into the game. It was the first of four touchdown passes for Mongan on the night and the first of a pair of touchdown catches for Holcomb.
Port Washington would quickly answer with a 21-yard touchdown run by senior Roman Bailey, but the Pirates defense could not hold back the Warhawks. By halftime, Mongan had added two more touchdown passes, one to Holcomb and another to senior Louis Tuszynski, giving Germantown a 21-7 lead at the break.
On the night, Mongan was 16 of 21 for 243 yards and four touchdowns, the last one coming on a second connection to Tuszynski in the fourth quarter. Tuszynski grabbed seven catches for 118 yards and the two touchdowns to go along with a rushing touchdown on his only carry.
Despite all of the scoring, Port Washington had the ball in the fourth quarter down just 14 points when the Germantown defense came up big. Junior defensive back Cody Slaasted drifted back into coverage and intercepted a Taylor Davenport deep ball down the right side.
A minute later, when Germantown punted the ball back to the Pirates, junior Tyler Baran scooped up the muffed kick and ran it back for a touchdown to put the game away.
"With the balance on offense that we have, they didn't know what was coming," Mongan said. "For our defense to get that interception at the end was a big confidence-builder, and we always strive hard on special teams as well."
Davis was pleased with the effort, especially offensively.
"I think the line is coming together and we were able to sustain some drives while we also have the deep ball to go to," he said.
The offensive line that Davis mentioned has senior running back Alec Richmond running behind it. Richmond went for 159 yards on 31 carries pushing his season total to 912 yards. With a 1,000-yard season in his sights, Richmond has two regular season games left to reach the milestone.
"It was a personal goal for me at the beginning of the season to get 1,000 yards, but really all the credit goes to the offense line," Richmond said. "I'm looking forward to it as I close in on the goal but it's all about the offensive line because they open up the holes."
Davis, a former offensive lineman in his playing days, is also looking forward to the achievement for his player while making sure the team priorities are in order.
"It's absolutely something I want to see being an old O-lineman," Davis said. "I want to see those 1,000-yard rushers. I'm excited about it but he knows it is team first, and that's what we focus on."
Being able to control the ball with the running game was a popular topic for Mongan as well, as he credited the success in the passing game to his offensive line and star running back.
"We probably ran eight play-action plays, and every single one of them worked because of Alec," Mongan said. "It gets the defense pressing and that opens up the passing game which makes it so much easier."
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