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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Green Machine shuts out Cavaliers

  • With their playoff hopes on the line and a chance to be a part of Geneseo history, the Geneseo Green Machine persevered despite the ups and downs they have had this season to shut out LaSalle-Peru, 28-0 in the final regular season game of the year Oct. 19.
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  • With their playoff hopes on the line and a chance to be a part of Geneseo history, the Geneseo Green Machine persevered despite the ups and downs they have had this season to shut out LaSalle-Peru, 28-0 in the final regular season game of the year Oct. 19.
    Nabbing the win, Geneseo earned a spot in the playoffs, but also marked the 50th consecutive winning season for the program.
    “This was the best week for us, but I wondered what kind of team would show up tonight,” said head coach Larry Johnsen. “I thought it was our best performance. We made some big plays and capitalized.”
    Having to battle through wet and muddy conditions and the occasional rain shower, the Green Machine capitalized on early mistakes by LaSalle-Peru to put the first two scores on the board. Geneseo turned three L-P turnovers into three scores.
    Rayce Singbush gave Geneseo that first score to get things rolling on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, and Kevin Wolak added the PAT kick.
    Grant Burress followed with a 14-yard TD run after another L-P miscue, and Wolak booted a line drive through the uprights for the 14-0 lead.
    Just before the half, Luke Snyder gave Geneseo a 21-0 cushion with a 1-yard TD run with 23 seconds left in the half. Wolak knocked through the PAT kick.
    In the third quarter, the Geneseo defense stood up to the L-P offense and made a goal-line stand with the Cavaliers on the Geneseo 3-yard line. Twice, with the ball inches from the goal, the Green Machine managed to keep L-P off the board and got the ball back after a fourth-down sack by Michael Daniels.
    “The defense did a wonderful job against a good quarterback,” said Johnsen. “I have to give a lot of credit to our defense. We played well tonight.”
    Singbush and the Green Machine capped off the game with a 62-yard TD run, and Wolak added the PAT kick.
    “We were fighting tonight,” said Johnsen. “We had a rough couple weeks, and we were just trying to hold on. I am really proud of our team they played with a sense of urgency.”
    The Green Machine rushed for 251 yards in the contest with 57 passing yards.
    Singbush paced the team with 150 yards on 21 touches, followed by Mitch Miller who ran for 36 yards on nine carries. Burress added 18 yards on three carries, while Brandon Mizlo had 16 yards on five touches.
    Ryan Webster chipped in 12 yards on three carries, followed by Snyder with 12 yards on five touches; Dylan Waggoner, 6 yards on one carry and Zach Denney, 1 yard on one carry.
    Page 2 of 2 - Snyder passed for 57 yard with completions to Daniels for 36 yards and Miller for 21 yards.
    The Geneseo defense came up big for the Green Machine as it held L-P to only 23 yards on the ground and 171 passing yards.
    The defense came up with two fumble recoveries by Travis Akers and Cameron Panicucci, and one interception by Singbush.
    Geneseo reached the L-P quarterback four times for sacks from Panicucci of 5 yards, Daniels of 13 yards, Ryan Pitra of 8 yards and Mizlo of 7 yards.
    Coming up with tackles for a loss were Panicucci, one for 5 yards; Pitra, two for 9 yards; Daniels, three for 15 yards; and Mizlo, two for 9 yards.
    The Green Machine (5-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference) will be on the road in the first round of the playoffs against Sandwich at 6 p.m. Oct. 27.

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