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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Green Machine rolls over Dukes

  • The Geneseo Green Machine spread the scoring wealth around Sept. 21 in the Green Machine's convincing 56-20 Homecoming win over Dixon.
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  • The Geneseo Green Machine spread the scoring wealth around Sept. 21 in the Green Machine's convincing 56-20 Homecoming win over Dixon.
    "Both sides did a good job and we got some things cleaned up," said head coach Larry Johnsen. "For the most part, we were a lot sharper. I am real proud of these guys. It was important to get back in the left side of the win/loss column, no matter by how many points."
    Geneseo got to work right away with a Luke Snyder 50-yard touchdown run, and Kevin Wolak added the PAT kick.
    Mitch Miller followed suit when he busted out a 67-yard run into the end zone, and Wolak split the uprights for the PAT to put Geneseo up, 14-0.
    Rayce Singbush found pay dirt on a 7-yard run with the successful PAT by Wolak, and then Geneseo took to the air with a 43-yard touchdown reception by Michael Daniels from Snyder. Geneseo led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
    Geneseo continued its offensive attack in the second quarter with Singbush running the ball in from 1-yard out, and Wolak added the PAT kick.
    Ryan Webster took his turn on a 3-yard TD run with a successful Wolak kick, while Nate Johnson found the end zone on an 11-yard run, and Wolak added the PAT kick.
    Dixon got on the board late in the second quarter with a 7-yard TD reception by Andrew Smith to JD Gleason. The PAT kick failed. Geneseo led 49-6 at half.
    After the break, Dixon put eight more points on the board on a 14-yard TD pass to Justin White from Gleason, and then Gleason connected with White for the two-point conversion.
    The Green Machine responded with a 3-yard TD run later in the third, and Wolak added the PAT kick to give Geneseo the 56-14 lead.
    Dixon closed out the scoring with a 63-yard TD pass from John Thomas to Smith, but the pass failed, giving Geneseo the 56-20 victory.
    "We are getting there and this was a big way to bounce back," said Johnsen. "I was happy with our passing tonight, it is not perfect, but we do want to throw when it presents itself."
    The Green Machine combined for 488 yards of total offense with 355 rushing yards and 133 passing yards.
    Miller led the charge on the ground with 110 yards on three carries.
    Snyder chipped in 67 yards on four touches, followed by Singbush with 52 rushing yards on five carries.
    Webster added 18 yards on eight carries, while Dylan Waggoner had 18 yards on two carries. Jacob Eaker contributed 17 yards on four touches, while Johnson ran for 15 yards on five carries.
    Page 2 of 2 - Grant Burress finished the night with 10 yards on three carries, followed by Nathan Yager, 4 yards on one carry; Kaleb Haxby, 5 yards on two touches; and Scott Schulte, 5 yards on two carries.
    Through the air, Snyder threw for 97 yards on four completions, and Nathan Yager passed for 36 yards for two completions.
    Snyder and Yager completed passes to Daniels of 55 yards on two catches; Burress, 42 yards on two receptions; Webster, one catch for 30 yards and Matt Rowley, 6 yards on one catch.
    The Geneseo defense held Dixon to 70 rushing yards and 217 passing yards.
    Kyle Patterson, Travis Akers, A.J. Marmion and Brandon Mizlo all came up with tackles for a loss, while Rowley grabbed the fumble recovery.
    Four Green Machine defenders, Mizlo, Patterson, Daniels and Akers, broke through the Dixon line to reach the quarterback for sacks.
    Jumping in front of the Dixon pass for the interception were Trevor Craig, Daniels and Joe Thomas.
    The Green Machine (3-2 overall and 1-0 in the NIB 12) will be on the road tonight against Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
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