Fliss' kickoff return keys 49-7 rout for Germantown in season opener
Hawks dominate Greenfield
Nothing like a fast start to jumpstart a game and the season.
That's because it took the Germantown football team all of 14 seconds to get rolling last Friday night in its season opener at Greenfield, as the kickoff receive team opened a way for Quinn Fliss like the proverbial Red Sea scene in the old movie classic "The 10 Commandments" and he sailed 95 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the year.
That initial burst was just the beginning of a 49-point first half explosion as the Warhawks completely overmatched the host Hustlin' Hawks by a 49-7 count.
"Yes, it was a fast start," chuckled Germantown coach Jake Davis. "It was exactly what we needed to start up with and move forward."
"...The blocking was tremendous on that play. I must have counted four decleaters (on the film). It was wide open right up the gut. A really fun way to get things underway."
The Warhawks will now look to maintain that momentum with a rare Thursday night game at home against Hartford (7 p.m.). The Orioles lost to the Warhawks' North Shore rivals and defending state D2 champions Homestead, 42-10, last Friday.
It will be parents' night for the Warhawks.
Germantown maintained its early momentum against Greenfield by taking a 21-0 lead at the quarter. Junior quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn, Jr., finished off one drive with a one-yard run and then he raced on from 14-yards out on the succeeding sequence.
The Warhawk were just getting rolling at that point, as in the second quarter as they put four touchdowns on the board in just over six minutes, starting with a Lawhorn to Conner Edmonds 11-yard pass at the 7:16 mark.
That was followed by a defensive score as defensive end Lincoln Gruber clobbered a Greenfield ballcarrier and that allowed fellow end Cole Karcz to scoop up the subsequent fumble and rumble in from 10 yards out.
Reserve running back Joe Lemerond closed out the the half with a pair of scores in the last three minutes. One from 30-yards out and another from four as Davis began substituting early and often. A running clock was in place the entire second half.
All told, the Warhawks gained 321 yards and held the Hawks to just 138. Germantown rushed for 175 yards on 29 carries (six yards a carry) as 10 different players ran the ball including Lemerond (six carries for 53). Lawhorn was five of nine passing for 137 yards with both a TD and an interception as Steve Doran had two catches for 97 yards.
"I thought we ran it well," said Davis. "Six yards a carry is a good start and we did well enough passing. There are still things we can work on though."
He also liked the aggressiveness of the defense and the general overall atmosphere.
"We'd had a lackluster scrimmage (the previous week) so I think the kids were ready to prove something," said Davis, "and we came out of this one healthy. It helped that we were able to get the starters out fairly quickly."
He also praised kicker Carter Schmitz, who converted all seven of his extra points and who had five touchbacks on his eight kickoffs.
"He put it in the end zone on a consistent basis," said Davis.
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