Germantown looking for consistency
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:00 PM
MADISON - Germantown coach Tim Shramek was looking for consistency when his team travelled to Laurel to take on Northeast Jones in the season-opener.
His Mavericks came back with a 37-10 win, but Germantown will still be looking to improve on execution when it hosts Yazoo County at 7 p.m. this Friday night.
"We won," Shramek said. "That was our main goal, so we're satisfied from that standpoint. We fought through some stuff, and overall I thought we did a good job, we've just got to learn to be more consistent."
Germantown played well on offense, but was the beneficiary of two long interception returns for touchdowns from junior Nigel Knott and senior Jaylen Smith.
Maverick quarterback Peyton Johnson was steady, completing 7-of-11 passes for 56 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to fellow-senior Reid Kelly, without an interception.
"His stats are going to be different week-to-week," Shramek said. "I don't want to use the old cliché about taking what the defense gives you, but this week, we were trying to run the ball and run the clock."
The Mavs rushed the ball 31 times for 203 yards with a couple of touchdowns from junior Jeremiah Middleton and Dalton Bradfield.
But Germantown also drew 16 penalty flags, including seven encroachment penalties on defense.
This week brings a new challenge in Yazoo County - a team Shramek considers "very dangerous."
He and Quentin Euell are great friends, and he said there are some skill-position players who are certain to give the Mavs trouble.
The Panthers thrashed Florence 39-12 last week, racking up 239 yards on the ground and riding the arm of senior quarterback Darius Wright, who completed 8 of his 13 passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
"They are going to be well-coached and well-prepared," Shramek said. "On top of that, they are talented. It's going to be a tall order for us to improve the things we need to improve and come away with a win Friday night. If we are favored, it's only because someone figured that 'G' comes before 'Y' in the dictionary."