By MICHAEL SIMMONS

Madison County Journal

The Mavericks (2-0) have yet to give up a point this year, but their defense will be tested this Friday as they host a winless Mendenhall.

Mendenhall's two losses have come at the hands of Ridgeland High (28-26) and Northwest Rankin (14-7).

Germantown head coach Tim Shramek said that despite the 0-2 mark, Mendenhall is going to be a very worthy adversary this Friday.

"They're a very hard-nosed group," he said. "They're well coached as well. They are 0-2, but not really 0-2."

The Mavericks began last season on a similar path as Mendenhall before winning several games in a row and making the playoffs. It's that history that Shramek said is the reason you can't count a tough team out just because of their record.

"We're kind of blessed to have been 0-3 and make a run last year," he said. "We don't county (Mendenhall) as easy because that's where we were. Just because somebody hasn't won yet, does not make them an easy victory."

Shramek said their opponents are getting a little bigger and a little better each week. And, there are some areas where they need to continue to improve.

"I think defensively, we've got to get better," he said. "We've improved a lot with our kickoff coverage, with our punt team. But there is a lot of room for improvement on special teams.

"We also need to be a little more consistent on both sides of the ball," he continued. "We can't have that lapse in play. We need to cut back on the mental breakdowns."

Germantown is fresh off a 38-0 shutout of Yazoo County High School.

"The boys played so well," Shramek said of last Friday's game. "These kids have just been working hard and trying to get better all the time."

Offensively, senior Tyler Shell struggled a bit with the aerial game, only completing 2-9 for 14 yards. But, he had 48 rushing yards off eight carries in the contest.

Junior D. Bradfield had two touchdowns on the night after rushing for 43 yards on eight carries. Senior Chester Lewis had 75 yards off 13 carries for one touchdown, and junior Jaylen Smith had three carries for 35 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, 26 players all contributed to the tackling duties. Seniors LaMar Scott and P.J. Marascalco led the squad with six tackles each. Senior Justin Jordan had five on the night.

Sophomore Taury Dixon had a 36-yard interception on the night and junior Breyron Jackson had a fumble recovery.

Senior Reed James went 1-1 in field goals, completing a 35-yard kick. He was also a perfect 4-4 on PAT attempts.