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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Green Machine nabs Week 1 win

  • The Green Machine got the season started off right on the road Aug. 30 with a 31-7 win over Dunlap.
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  • The Green Machine got the season started off right on the road Aug. 30 with a 31-7 win over Dunlap.
    “I thought the game went well, obviously we won and that is a big deal,” said head coach Larry Johnsen. “It was a big win and a way to get on the right track. I thought we were ready to play and were genuinely excited to play.”
    Geneseo scored its first touchdown of the new season through the air with Luke Snyder hitting Rayce Singbush for a 50-yard TD reception. Kevin Wolak added the PAT kick for the 7-0 lead.
    The Green Machine went to Singbush twice in the second quarter as he reached the end zone on a 1-yard run and a 3-yard run. Both of Wolak’s PAT kicks were successful for the 21-0 advantage. Wolak capped off the half as he booted a 25-yard field goal to put Geneseo ahead, 24-0.
    After the break, Brandon Mizlo raced down field for a 58-yard TD run to finish Geneseo’s scoring for the night, while Wolak added the PAT to give Geneseo the 31-0 lead.
    Dunlap got on the board with a 22-yard TD run by Drew Leathers and Nathan Willett added the PAT kick for the 31-7 final.
    The Green Machine finished the night with 270 total yards of offense with 162 rushing on 35 carries and 108 passing yards on four completions.
    “Dunlap had nine guys sitting up front so they closed (the run) down,” said Johnsen. “We had to take what they gave us.
    “Dunlap realized they were (opening up the passing game), and we had some things exposed with some protection issues,” said Johnsen. “We had a lot of big plays, but have things to improve on.”
    Mizlo led the team on the ground with 68 yards on eight carries; followed by Singbush with 42 yards on 10 carries.
    Ryan Webster chipped in 25 yards on five carries, Snyder had 24 yards on six touches and Lane Akre added 4 yards on one carry.
    Joey Medina finished the game with 3 yards on three carries, Scott Schulte had 2 yards on one touch and Greg Rusk had one carry for a loss of 6 yards.
    Through the air, Snyder completed four passes for 108 yards. He hit Singbush three times for 96 yards and connected with Drew Himmelman once for 12 yards.
    Geneseo’s defense limited Dunlap to only 19 rushing yards and 70 passing yards.
    Cooper Humphries and Akre both broke through the line to sack the quarterback — Humphries had a sack for a loss of 11 yards and Akre a sack for a loss of 10 yards.
    Page 2 of 2 - Kyle Patterson and Trevor Craig both came up with a fumble recovery for the defense; while Mizlo finished with four tackles for a loss of 14 yards, Ryan Pitra had one TFL for a loss of 9 yards, Akre finished with one TFL for a loss of 5 yards and Matthew Rowley also had one TFL for a loss of 2 yards.
    “I think we came out strong defensively and aggressive,” said Johnsen. “We can’t simulate what they do in practice and it takes a series or two to get a handle on it, but I liked our intensity.
    “I thought we did a pretty good job (adjusting on the fly). We did well, had some nice plays and executed well.”
    The Green  Machine (1-0 overall) will host Chicago Raby tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Bob Reade Field.

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