Germantown football team can make NSC noise with upset of visiting Homestead
First place showdown on Friday
Everyone who was on the Germantown sideline last year and who is back this season for the Homestead football game remembers the disaster that was the 28-point second-half explosion with which the Highlanders hit the Warhawks.
A scoreless game at the half turned into a 28-7 rout and the Highlanders used that game as a springboard for a WIAA state Division 2 championship.
The Warhawks would like to return the favor as 6-1 Germantown (4-1 in North Shore play) hosts top-ranked Homestead (5-0, 7-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in the latest grand installment of the "Battle of Mequon Road."
"We're looking at it as we're controlling our own destiny," said Germantown coach Jake Davis, a graduate of the Homestead football program and a veteran of intense skirmishes like these over a decade ago. "We're in a good frame of mind and we'll be ready for them.
"We're coming off one of our best homecoming weeks ever (which included a 52-0 rout of Nicolet on Friday) and we feel we're in a good spot right now."
If Germantown pulls the mild upset, it could set up a wild scenario like the one that hit the North Shore in 2002, where Homestead, Germantown and Cedarburg all tied for the league title. It was the last time the Warhawks claimed a NSC championship.
Cedarburg (4-1, 5-2), which is currently tied with the Warhawks for second having beaten Whitefish Bay, 35-10, on Friday, will watch the outcome of Homestead-Germantown very closely.
The schedule goes as follows: After Homestead, the Warhawks close their regular season at Port Washington (2-3, 4-3) on Oct. 18, while Cedarburg hosts Grafton (2-3, 3-4) on Oct. 11 and then visit Nicolet (0-5, 0-7) in its regular season closer. Homestead, meanwhile, hosts Whitefish Bay (3-2, 5-2) in its Oct. 18 finale after the matchup with Germantown.
"I just think this is another opportunity to have a game that is a huge challenge for us," Homestead coach (and Davis' old coach) Dave Keel said. "You find out who you are when you play the Arrowheads (who the Highlanders beat this season) and the Germantowns of the world."
"I think it'll be fun," Davis said. "It'll be extra incentive for both teams. It's just a good year for the North Shore in general. There are teams that are just getting better out there.
"...I love something like this, the kids love it, too. It's what football is all about. If I could, I'd call Dave (Keel) and say 'Let's go right now (laughs).'"
Team rolls Nicolet
He has good reason to, as Davis was impressed with how remarkably clean a game the Warhawks played in routing Nicolet in the homecoming contest on Friday. They scored 35 points in the first quarter and then never looked back.
Quinn Fliss scored on a six-yard run less than two minutes in to put Germantown up for good, then the Warhawks went on to put 35 more points on the board in a seven-minute, 20-second rampage as quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn hit Nathan Walters with TD passes of 55-yards and 32 yards and then Joe Lemerond ran for scores of 18 and six yards, respectively, and Spencer Pethan closed out the effort with a 19-yard romp to make it 42-0 with 10:37 left in the half.
Carter Schmitz closed out the half with an impressive 45-yard field goal and the scoring ended early in the third with a 15-yard TD run by reserve back Luis De La Pena.
Lawhorn completed four passes for 109 yards as Walters caught three of them for 92 yards. Eight different players carried the ball for Germantown including Lemerond (five carries for 76 yards) and Pethan (69 yards on 10 tries).
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