Offensive troubles hurt the Grafton football team again in a 39-10 loss to Germantown on Sept. 16.
The Black Hawks could not muster enough offensively to keep pressure on the Warhawks or keep their defense off the field for appreciable stretches of time.
"Our defense was out on the field a lot," coach Shaun Behrend said. "When you play a team like Germantown, with a good offensive line, they will wear you down and break a few (big plays). We have to start doing something more on offense."
Grafton was in the game at the half, trailing only 10-3 after Jack Orlowski hit a 32-yard field goal, but the Warhawks tallied 15 points in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth to pull away.
The Warhawks started the second half with a long kickoff return and scored on a third-down run of 29 yards by Austin Mozdzen. Germantown struck again later in the period on a 79-yard run, again by Mozdzen.
Grafton scored in the fourth period on quarterback Hayden Proefrock's 18-yard run.
Proefrock completed 14 of 23 passes for 119 yards, with Vince Giorgi catching four for 45 yards and Jack Birch four for 11 yards. Giorgi also led the rushing attack with 27 net yards.
Birch keyed the Grafton defense with nine tackles, six unassisted, with TJ Stoltman and Alec Davis each adding five tackles and Giorgi and Robert Olmer each 4½ tackles. Brady Ward made an interception.
Grafton (1-2 in the North Shore Conference, 1-4 overall) will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Milwaukee Lutheran (0-3 in the NSC). The Red Knights, who played some competitive games early this season, were blanked by Homestead, 40-0, last week.