It was a defensive battle through the first half of play between the Geneseo Green?Machine and the visiting Richmond-Burton Rockets Nov. 15 in the IHSA quarterfinals. However, it was the No. 14 Rockets who stunned the No. 7 Green?Machine with a 21-0 victory to end Geneseo’s season.



 


It was a defensive battle through the first half of play between the Geneseo Green?Machine and the visiting Richmond-Burton Rockets Nov. 15 in the IHSA quarterfinals. However, it was the No. 14 Rockets who stunned the No. 7 Green?Machine with a 21-0 victory to end Geneseo’s season.

“We just couldn’t get on track,” said head coach Larry Johnsen. “We had some missed opportunities and the early penalties hurt us. We can’t get bogged down with penalties.”

Both squads fought hard to reach the end zone in the first half and after a couple long drives Geneseo was in scoring position, but was unable to convert. The game remained in a 0-0 stalemate at the half.

In the third quarter, the Rockets punched in a touchdown from 1-yard out by Kenneth Riordan and Jacob Hill-Male added the PAT to put Richmond-Burton up 7-0.

After that score, the momentum remained in the Rockets favor as they put two more scores on the board in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Justin Russell scored on a 21-yard pass from Adam Pittser and teammate Kyle Wismer caught a 28-yard pass from Pittser for the TD to end the game. Hill-Male added both PATs.

Geneseo finished the contest with 114-rushing yards on 41 carries and 62-passing yards on six completions.

Running the ball for Geneseo were Jason Johnson with 60 yards on 12 carries; Collin Akers, 18 yards on 10 carries; Jake Ballegeer, 15 yards on eight carries; Luke Lembke, 7 yards on two carries; Blake Foehrkolb, 10 yards on three carries; Jake Schlindwein, one carry for 8 yards; Andrew Walter, 1 carry for 4 yards; Josh Ward, two carries for 1 yard; and Michael Atwell, two carries for a negative 9 yards.

Atwell had 11 pass attempts Saturday, which included six completions for 62 yards and one interception. Adam Haviland had one pass attempt on the day, which was caught for an interception.

Haviland led the team in receiving with four catches for 33 yards, while Akers had two catches for 29 yards.

Defensively, the Green?Machine allowed the Rockets 117-rushing yards on 38 carries and 67-passing yards on four completions. Michael Possin and Curt Jensen came up with the only tackles for a loss each with tackles for  a loss of 3 yards.

“We put the defense in a tough situation, but I thought they played pretty good,” said Johnsen.

Geneseo ends its season with an overall record of 8-4 and a conference record of 3-2.