Nicolet is Germantown's final tuneup before Homestead showdown
Rout of Port is third shutout of season
Germantown - The Germantown football team knows that it has an important date at archrival Homestead on Oct. 11.
That contest will likely decide who wins outright or who shares a portion of the North Shore Conference title. Homestead alumnus and Warhawks coach Jake Davis knows that the Highlanders will have a boatload of motivation as Germantown has now beaten Homestead twice in a row after a decade of futility.
But first things first.
The Warhawks (4-1, 5-1) didn't look past Port Washington, which they drubbed 39-0 on Friday and they will not look past Nicolet (2-4), whom they host in the final regular season home game at 7 p.m. Friday.
"The kids know that it's hard to do (not to look past an opponent)," he said, "but we know we have a lot of motivation to get better so we won't let others get us off of our game. We have to keep getting better."
Germantown is tied with Whitefish Bay (4-1, 5-1) for second behind Homestead (5-0, 6-0). All three are already in the state playoffs, and both Bay and Germantown would love to knock the Highlanders off their North Shore pedestal, which they have held or shared continuously since 2001.
Homestead visits Bay on Friday in a precursor to the Warhawks' battle with the Highlanders.
Davis said that communication will be key to any success for Germantown in these final few games.
Offensive line playing together
"One thing we saw and jumped out at us in the Port game was the play of the offensive line,' said Davis, a former center himself. "They were really working together well, calling out blitzes and adjusting the pass protection as needed."
On one play in particular, they got the slide right and gave Dwayne (quarterback Lawhorn) all the time in the world.
"I'm actually more excited about that than the touchdown the play resulted in."
The starters scored 33 of the 39 points in the rout of Port, and even though Lawhorn only dropped back seven times, he completed five passes for 120 yards. Two of them went for touchdowns to Jason Townsend. Both were part of a 21-point quarter that gave the Warhawks a 27-0 lead at the break. One went for 35 yards and the second for 12.
Even backup quarterback Mason Yahr got into the act, throwing a 17-yard scoring strike to Nick Stieve.
All told, the offensive line helped pave the way for 362 total yards as Tyler Baran ran for 104 yards on 16 carries including TD runs of 12 and 16 yards, respectively, and Townsend caught four balls for 107.
Defense clamps down
The defense held up its end, posting its third shutout of the season as the Pirates gained only 141 total yards.
Davis really liked the work of the secondary, citing the leader of the defense, linebacker Joe Kretlow, and his running mate Nick Kleczewski ("He's averaging 10-15 tackles a game," Davis said). Defensive backs Bryan McMichael and Tyler Palzkill were also cited for their efforts.
"We're really a team," Davis said. "We don't have a featured guy to carry us. We have all spots filled and we're all working together."
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