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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Green Machine thumps Morris

  • The Green Machine turned the tables on Morris this season as Geneseo pounded out a 42-7 victory at home Sept. 13.
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  • The Green Machine turned the tables on Morris this season as Geneseo pounded out a 42-7 victory at home Sept. 13.
    “I am really proud of them. It is hard to put into words,” said head coach Larry Johnsen. “They did great in practice this week, but Morris is Morris. I thought we played well.”
    Geneseo opened with a Rayce Singbush 1-yard touchdown run, but the PAT kick failed to put Geneseo on the board, 6-0 in the first quarter.
    In the second quarter, Luke Snyder ran the ball in from 18 yards out, while Singbush found the end zone for the successful two-point conversion to give Geneseo the 14-0 lead.
    Ryan Webster put Geneseo up by three scores on a 2-yard TD run with Kevin Wolak adding the PAT kick for a 21-0 ball game.
    Morris broke the shut out at the end of the half with a 1 yard run by Griffin Sobel and the PAT was good. Geneseo took the 21-7 advantage into the half.
    “It was a physical game and a bunch of body blows, but it played out in our favor,” said Johnsen.
    After the break, Geneseo came out and opened up the field for quarterback Snyder who sprinted 68 yards to pay dirt. Wolak’s PAT kick was successful for Geneseo to take the 28-7 lead.
    “Luke is a good running back playing quarterback, and we had to get him more involved,” said Johnsen.
    Singbush tacked on another score for the Green Machine on a 10-yard run, and Wolak booted through the PAT kick to go up, 35-7 at the end of the third.
    Jordan Schnowske capped off the Geneseo scoring attack with a 1-yard TD run, and the PAT was good.
    “A big part of the game was our line against their front eight guys and being able to control the line of scrimmage,” said Johnsen. “I thought we had big plays that helped us out, and we kept playing. The big thing was getting off to a fast start and making sure the momentum stayed on our side.”
    The Green Machine combined for 297 rushing and 28 passing yards for the night.
    Singbush racked in another 100-plus yard night on the ground with 110 yards on 14 carries to lead the team. He also caught Geneseo’s only pass of the night for 28 yards.
    Snyder followed with 80 yards on three carries; while Webster ran for 62 yards on nine carries.
    Brandon Mizlo finished the night with 15 yards on five touches; while Jacob Eaker ran for 11 yards on four carries; Schnowske, 5 yards on three touches; Levi Warren, 3 yards on one carry and Joey Medina, 1 yard on one carry.
    Page 2 of 2 - Snyder passed twice Friday night with one completion to Singbush for 28 yards.
    The defense limited Morris to only 100 rushing yards and 54 passing yards and forced two fumbles.
    Ryan Pitra helped lead the defense as he broke through the line and sacked the Morris quarterback three times; while Cooper Humphries and Webster also came up with one sack of their own.
    Snyder came up with Green Machine’s only interception of the night; while Nick Verbeck recovered one of the Redskins’ fumbles.
    “We have to play hard against the other side (of the conference),” said Johnsen. “They play at a different intensity level, and we saw that last year. We had to play catch up. We have to play to the whistle.”
    The Green Machine (3-0 overall) will be on the road tonight at Sycamore at 7:30 p.m.
     
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