Germantown's football team gets defensive in routing Grafton, 35-0
Homecoming Friday against Nicolet
Quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn and the Germantown passing attack have gotten much of the attention for the 5-1 Warhawks this fall and rightfully so, but Friday at Grafton, the defense took front and center, stuffing the resurgent Black Hawks on their homecoming in a 35-0 decision.
"The (defensive) line played very well," Warhawks coach Jake Davis said of the defense. "Hunter Higginbotham was his usual disruptive self there, but that also allowed people like (fellow tackle) Ben Gloede to make a lot of plays and I thought (defensive end) Cole Karcz had his best game of the year.
"It was a total defensive effort. I thought the secondary did a great job, too (against Black Hawks quarterback Choo Weisflog)."
With the win, the Warhawks maintained control of the coveted "Black and Blue Crock" the trophy the teams have played for for decades and which has been in Germantown hands since 1996. More importantly, they stayed in a tie for second place in the North Shore with Whitefish Bay and Cedarburg, all at 3-1, as Homestead (4-0) beat Cedarburg on Friday to take control of the NSC race.
Germantown (5-1 overall) celebrates its own homecoming when it entertains Nicolet (0-6) at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Warhawks defense was very active against Grafton (2-4) holding the Black Hawks to just 120 total yards including just 43 rushing yards on 32 attempts. They also prevented the potentially lethal combination of Weisflog and tight end of Beau Benzschawel from ever getting going as Weisflog was only seven of 18 passing for 77 yards with only one of those balls being caught by Benzschawel (for five yards).
That being said, the Warhawks offense took until the second quarter to get going when Lawhorn hit Nick Holcomb on a bubble screen.
"And then Nick just did the rest," Davis said. "He really made it happen." Holcomb didn't stop until he had covered 49 yards and scored the game's first touchdown.
Shortly thereafter, the Warhawks partially blocked a Grafton punt and took over at the Black Hawks' 25. Four plays later, wide receiver Connor Schulz who threw a 12-yard option pass for score to Holcomb to make it 14-0.
On its next possession, Germantown moved 64 yards in three plays, with Lawhorn hitting Schulz for 55 yards on a beautiful pass to the Grafton 11. Schulz caught the ball in stride and took it past several defenders. Halfback Joe Lemerond then scored from 11 yards out with 1:56 left in the half to make it 21-0 at the break.
Midway through the third period, Nathan Walters intercepted a pass on the sideline at the Grafton 44 and Germantown scored seven plays later on a 1-yard run by Lemerond at 2:52 left.
On the next drive, Quinn Fliss carried five times for 35 yards and Lawhorn found Walters for a 7-yard score early in the fourth quarter to start the running clock.
All told and despite two interceptions, Lawhorn did have a good day, hitting 14-of-20 passes for approximately 201 yards as Holcomb finished with four grabs for 84 yards, while Schulz had three catches for 69 and Walters five for 33.
Davis liked the team's approach to this game.
"Grafton is much better this year and people thought that they had a good chance of taking this from us," Davis said. "They hit us pretty good in the first quarter. It was their homecoming and they were still trying to fight to get into the (state) playoffs.
"We just made sure that nothing bad happened."
Davis was also pleased with the still evolving running game, as the Warhawks gained 159 yards on 32 carries as a team and Lemerond had a fine day with 99 yards on 19 carries and Fliss gained 34 yards on five tries.
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