Germantown thumps Port Washington, 42-16
Football team earns two seed in Division 1 bracket
There are possibilities for great things and also for interesting things in the Germantown football team's WIAA Division 1 bracket draw this coming state playoff series.
Following their easy 42-16 regular season-closing victory over Port Washington on Friday, the Warhawks (7-2 overall) earned the second seed in their eight-team playoff pod. They will host Milwaukee Marshall at 7 p.m. Friday in a Level 1 game.
If they win, they will host the winner of border rival third-seeded Menomonee Falls and sixth-seeded Fond du Lac in a Level 2 game on either Nov. 1 or 2. Defending WIAA State Division 1 champ Arrowhead, which thumped Germantown in the second round last season, is the top seed in this grouping.
"That game (Port) helped us going into the seeding meeting," said Germantown coach Jake Davis. "At this point, it's not who has the best record, but who's getting hot that counts."
If Falls and Germantown do meet, it will be the first time the two teams have met since a 2003 Division 2 state playoff opener as the Warhawks were working their way toward their second state championship.
Warhawks get healthy
Davis is pleased that his team is getting healthier as it heads toward the playoffs. Running back Quinn Fliss should be back soon after battling some hamstring issues. He has two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season.
"Right now, it's just about staying sharp and getting after it," said Davis.
The Warhawks looked that way Friday. Showing typical gusto, Davis had the Warhawks go for it on fourth down at midfield on the first possession. They didn't get the first, but then they held the Pirates and then proceeded to go up and down the field to the tune of 35 first-quarter points.
Quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn, Jr., had three TD passes in the first quarter.
The defense got it started with a 26-yard fumble return for a score by Steve Doran. That was followed in quick succession by scores from Joe Lemerond (7-yard run), Nick Holcomb (26-yard pass from Lawhorn, Jr.), a 64-yard Lawhorn to Doran pass, and a 56-yard Lawhorn to Holcomb connection.
Notching school record
The two TD receptions by the versatile and sticky-fingered Holcomb gives him nine scoring grabs for the season, which ties the school record held by big brother Ben, now playing for Minnesota.
"We don't like to compare brothers, but it's still pretty cool that he was able to do that," said Davis.
Germantown finished off its scoring in the second period on a 5-yard run by Lemerond.
Lawhorn finished the night eight of 13 passing for 214 yards with no interceptions as Holcomb had four catches for 113 yards while Lemerond ran eight times for 58 yards.
Port finished with just 207 total yards. Davis was pleased with the defensive effort, noting at one point, the Port public address announcer said that on one play a Pirate runner was tackled by what seemed to be "the whole village of Germantown."
"We're feeling great going into this week," said Davis. "We're getting some guys back....As far as the (playoff) draw goes, we're OK with it and we feel good about where we're headed."
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