Warhawks rout Marshall, head to Fondy for Level 2 playoff game
Germantown's mission is to maintain focus, advance
Germantown football coach Jake Davis thought that his team would be preparing for a WIAA Level 2home playoff game against border rival Menomonee Falls this Friday, but because of the Indians' 25-24 upset loss to Fond du Lac on Friday (see separate story), plans have changed.
The Warhawks (8-2), who belted Milwaukee Marshall-Morse by a 56-14 count in a first-round playoff game Friday, now heads to Fond du Lac (5-5) at 7 p.m. Friday for that Level 2 contest.
"It is what it is," Warhawks Davis said. "You just keep moving on."
The Cardinals are an unusual team as they have been outscored by their opponents 337-238 but they had a very difficult schedule including lopsided loses to unbeaten powers Oshkosh North and Kimberly. They are a balanced team and have won three of their last four games including the victory over Falls.
"We figure it'll be a challenge," Davis said. "One of the things we do know, is that we have to maintain focus. We'll get ready to go out and win the next game. Try to advance."
The Warhawks advanced easily with the win over Marshall-Morse, scoring 35 points in the first quarter and taking a 49-0 lead before the Eagles got on the board.
"We actually missed a field goal, but that was about it (for things that went wrong)," Davis said. "It's challenging playing a game like this (knowing that they're supposed to win). We tell them what they need to do but there are still outside forces (telling them how easy it should be).
"The focus was to get up quick, get our top guys out and keep everyone healthy. I give Marshall credit though. They didn't roll over. They hit a couple of big plays and we had to make some adjustments."
First half touchdowns went to Joe Lemerond (49-yard run), Lemerond (3 run), Quinn Fliss (3 run), Nick Holcomb (26-yard pass from Dwayne Lawhorn), Nathan Walters (43 pass from Lawhorn), Lawhorn (1 run) and Conner Edmonds (29 pass from Lawhorn).
In the second half, reserve back Spencer Pethan raced in from 18 yards out to close out the scoring.
Davis was pleased with Fliss's return from injury (94 yards rushing on 12 carries) and noted that Holcomb broke his brother Ben's school record for TD receptions in a season with his 10th of the year. Lemerond (five carries for 72 yards) was also highlighted for his efforts while Pethan had 53 yards on four totes.
Walters caught two balls for 83 yards and Holcomb had two catches for 39 yards.
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