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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Green Machine cages Bulldogs, 41-8

  • After a tough road loss the week before, the Geneseo football team bounced back in fine fashion with a 41-8 victory over visiting Streator Oct. 12.
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  • After a tough road loss the week before, the Geneseo football team bounced back in fine fashion with a 41-8 victory over visiting Streator Oct. 12.
    The Green Machine didn’t waste any time Friday night when they squib kicked the opening kick off to catch Streator off guard. Joe Thomas recovered the ball to send Geneseo’s offense onto the field.
    Five plays later, the Green Machine reached the end zone on Grant Burress 3-yard TD run. Kevin Wolak added the PAT kick.
    “The trick was getting off to a fast start, not to play on our heels, just relax and play,” said head coach Larry Johnsen. “I was really proud of the team tonight.”
    Luke Snyder followed suit with about 3 minutes left in the first quarter when he busted out a 39-yard touchdown run, and Wolak added the PAT kick.
    Burress punched in his second touchdown of the night with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone, while Wolak split the uprights for the PAT to put Geneseo up 21-0.
    In the second quarter, Geneseo continued its offensive attack as Ryan Webster ran the ball in from 15 yards out with Wolak tacking on the PAT.
    The Green Machine took to the air just before the half when Snyder connected with Matt Rowley for the 36-yard TD pass reception and Wolak added the PAT. Geneseo led 35-0 at the break.
    “I was really happy with how we came out,” said Johnsen. “We had a tough few weeks, but they came out with energy and I was really happy with how they played. They deserve it.”
    Nate Johnson scored the Green Machine’s final touchdown of the contest in the third quarter on a 3-yard run, but Wolak’s PAT was unsuccessful for the 41-0 lead.
    Streator avoided the shut out as the Bulldogs got on the board on a 47-yard TD run. The Bulldogs also converted the two-point conversion to make it 41-8.
    On the offensive side of the ball, the Green Machine posted 359 yards with 312 rushing and 47 passing.
    Leading the way for Geneseo was Webster with 91 yards on eight carries.
    Snyder chipped in 57 yards on four touches, followed by Burress with 37 yards on six carries.
    Brandon Mizlo tallied 29 yards on four carries, while Dylan Waggoner had four carries for 25 yards.
    Johnson added 24 yards on the ground with seven touches, followed by Jacob Miller who ran for 23 yards on three carries.
    Jacob Eaker finished the night with 11 yards on three carries, while Rayce Singbush had 8 yards on two touches; Mitch Miller, 6 yards on two carries; and Nathan Yager, 2 yards on two carries.
    Page 2 of 2 - Snyder passed for 47 yards Friday night and connected with Webster for 11 yards and Rowley had a catch of 36 yards.
    Defensively, Geneseo held Streator to 231 total yards with 203 rushing and 28 passing.
    Coming up with an interception for Geneseo was Trevor Craig for 22 yards, while Thomas, Johnson and Devin Taets, all recorded a fumble recovery.
    Nick Verbeck, Burress and Cameron Panicucci finished with one and half tackles for a loss, followed by Greg Strawhacker with one tackle for a loss and Mizlo, Ryan Pitra and Caleb Biellier, each combined for a tackle.
    “I told the guys, we got ourselves into this, and now we have to get ourselves out of this bind,” said Johnsen. “We are in playoff mode. I hope we can bottle this up.”
    The Green Machine (4-4 overall and 2-2 in the NIB 12) will host LaSalle-Peru in the team’s final regular season game of year at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.
     
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