Lawhorn honors Germantown football greats with five TD passes
Warhawks rout Lutheran, 49-21
There were two former Germantown state championship quarterbacks in the house on Friday night when current Warhawks signal-called Dwayne Lawhorn lit up the night sky with five touchdowns in the team's 49-21 rout of Milwaukee Lutheran.
And Ben Croatt of the unbeaten 1998 state champs, who threw the title-winning TD pass to Justin Hull on that frigid November day against Ashwaubenon 15 years ago, had an opinion of Lawhorn's efforts.
"He thought we were passing too much," laughed current Germantown quarterbacks' coach Phil Datka, who was the head man that day in 1998 and again when Jeff Tressley led the 2003 Warhawks to another state crown.
Datka could laugh, as he looked to check his records on what he thought was certainly a school record for Lawhorn. Croatt and Tressley were among 35 to 40 players at the game and at a reception later that night honoring the 1998 and 2003 WIAA State Division 2 champs.
As quarterbacks' coach, he could be impressed with the junior Lawhorn, who threw all five TDs in the first half against Lutheran.
"He's confident now and so are his receivers," Datka said. "We were protecting him and they were playing a little soft in their coverage. He started a little cold but he didn't take long to get hot."
Datka was almost certain that no Germantown quarterback — not Croatt, Tressley or other greats like Cody Griebling, Jeff Holzbauer, Jerry Vance or Lew Potter — threw five TDs in a game.
Kick return sets tone
Quinn Fliss helped the Warhawks start fast as he returned his second opening kickoff this season for a touchdown, this one for 94 yards.
"Quinn does a great job of finding the alley and then using his speed," head coach Jake Davis said.
After that it was all Lawhorn. He hit Nick Holcomb with a 10-yard TD pass later in the first quarter and then threw four scoring tosses in the second period as the Warhawks scored 35 points in the session against the rebuilding Red Knights.
The scoring throws went to Connor Schulz for 17 yards, Nathan Walters for five, Conner Edmonds for four and Holcomb again for 27.
All told, Lawhorn would finish 12 of 23 on the night for 197 yards as Germantown took a 49-7 lead at the half. The defense accounted for the remaining touchdown, as defensive end Lincoln Gruber had his second fumble recovery for score in three weeks, this time rumbling 24 yards to pay dirt.
Substitutes took over in the second half.
Holcomb would finish with five catches for 81 yards, while Walters had three for 45 and Schulz two for 42. Fliss rushed 11 times for 48 yards.
Datka laughed it off when it was suggested he should take a great deal of the credit for Lawhorn's achievement.
"But then I remembered when I was at Brookfield Central a couple years of ago (also as quarterbacks' coach) and our guy threw five picks against Racine Park," he said. "No one wanted to talk to me then (even louder laughing)."
Lawhorn 'does his thing'
Davis was very pleased with the effort, especially that of Lawhorn.
"Dwayne had gotten very comfortable back there and he's doing a good job of spreading it around and not just targeting one guy," Davis said. "He got very comfortable with Nick (Holcomb) but now he's using the whole team. He keeps his cool and does his thing.
"He wants to work on getting his percentage up but he does make things happen."
Davis said the reunion was fun from his angle, too, as he and the current team got to show the alumni some of the new facilities. He said a lot of new relationships were established.
Datka said that it was a fun evening that went late into the night at the Public House, as Warhawks new and old celebrated Germantown's storied history.
"There were almost more parents of players there," he said. "There were so many people there. I hadn't seen Greg Lopez (running back on the 2003 team) in 10 years. The guys even convinced me that we should have a football alumni game every year.
"It was all good."
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