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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Green Machine sunk by Ottawa Pirates

  • After Ottawa jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead, the Geneseo Green Machine managed to close the gap before the half, but couldn't gain any ground to come away with the win as Ottawa claimed the 35-14 win.
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  • After Ottawa jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead, the Geneseo Green Machine managed to close the gap before the half, but couldn't gain any ground to come away with the win as Ottawa claimed the 35-14 win.
    "The score doesn't say it, but defensively we made some strides and there were good things we did," said head coach Larry Johnsen. "Offensively, we did some good things, too. There were some positives to build on."
    The Pirates took command of the contest from the get-go as they punched in three early touchdowns to take the 21-0 lead.
    William Hoffman scored the first TD of the night on a 4-yard run, and Tristan Cunha booted through the PAT.
    Michael Hermosillo added the team's second score on an 8-yard run with a successful PAT kick by Cunha.
    Hermosillo found the end zone for a second time, two minutes later on a 32-yard run. Cunha added the PAT kick.
    Rayce Singbush got the Green Machine on the board in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run, and Kevin Wolak added the PAT kick.
    Luke Snyder pulled Geneseo to within one score with about 6:00 left in the half when he busted out a 58-yard run into the end zone. Wolak successfully hit the PAT kick for the 21-14 score.
    Geneseo had a chance to tie the game just before the half, but came up empty.
    "We had a mountain to climb, but we showed our resiliency," said Johnsen. "We were right there knocking on the door to make it 21-21. The credit goes to Ottawa."
    In the third quarter, Ottawa's JD Bryant scored on a 24-yard run, while Cunha added the PAT kick for the 28-14 lead.
    The Pirates closed out the game with a 25-yard TD run by Hermosillo, and Cunha split the uprights for the PAT.
    The Green Machine was held scoreless through both the third and fourth quarters.
    The Geneseo offense combined for 248 yards with 204 on the ground and 44 through the air.
    Snyder led the rushing game for the Green Machine with 112 yards on 12 carries.
    Brandon Mizlo added 25 yards on two touches, while Ryan Webster had five carries for 24 yards.
    Grant Burress chipped in 22 yards on eight carries, followed by Singbush with 20 yards on 10 touches, and Nate Johnson, 1 yard on one carry.
    Snyder passed for 44 yards on two completions to Webster for 37 yards and Matt Rowley, 7 yards.
    Defensively, Geneseo allowed Ottawa 405 yards of total offense with 355 rushing and 50 passing.
    Coming up with tackles for a loss were Michael Daniels with two, Cameron Panicucci, Kyle Patterson and Nick Verbeck, all with one. Panicucci also came up with a fumble recovery.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Green Machine (3-3 overall and 1-1 in the NIB 12) will be on the road tonight against Sterling at 7:30 p.m.

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