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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Spartans shut out Green Machine

  • It was the battle of the unbeatens on the gridiron Sept. 20 between Geneseo and Sycamore with the Spartans coming out on top, 19-0 over the Green Machine.
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  • It was the battle of the unbeatens on the gridiron Sept. 20 between Geneseo and Sycamore with the Spartans coming out on top, 19-0 over the Green Machine.
    "Kudos to Sycamore. They are a really good team and they made great plays," said head coach Larry Johnsen. "I look at this like a semifinal-type game and this will help us down the line. A loss is a loss if you don't learn from it. This was a great measuring stick, and now we know where we are at."
    Dion Hooker put Sycamore on the board in the first quarter with a 7-yard run, and Tyler Maveus added the PAT kick for the 7-0 lead.
    The Green Machine attempted to respond, but was unable to get anything going.
    "Offensively, we were able to get things going, but got bogged down," said Johnsen. "It was too much of a hole to dig out of."
    Sycamore's Ben Niemann added a second score for the Spartans on a 21-yard touchdown reception from Devin Mottet, but the PAT kick failed. Sycamore led 13-0 at the half.
    Riley Hurley ran the ball in from 3 yards out for Sycamore's final score of the night, but the run failed.
    The Green Machine ran for 111 yards on 29 carries and passed for 29 yards on five receptions.
    Brandon Mizlo led the Green Machine's ground game with 100 yards on 11 touches; followed by Ryan Webster with 6 yards on three carries.
    Luke Snyder added 4 yards on six carries; while Rayce Singbush had seven carries for 1 yards; Lane Akre, 1 yard on one carry and Kaleb Haxby had one carry for a negative 1 yard.
    Snyder passed 10 times Friday night and had five completions for 29 yards. Snyder connected with Matt Rowley three times for 19 yards, Mizlo once for 7 yards and Singbush once for 3 yards.
    The Geneseo defense allowed Sycamore a total of 320 yards of offense with 178 rushing yards and 142 passing yards.
    Mike Murray helped out the defense with one tackle for a loss and one sack; while Trevor Craig and Cooper Humphries each came up with a fumble recovery.
    "I thought our defense played pretty well," said Johnsen. "I think the things we didn't do well are fixable and it is not time to hit the panic button. We lost to a really good team, and we have to bounce back. We are a good team and our ceiling is high, but we have to reach it."
    The Green Machine (3-1 overall) open NIB 12 Conference play at 7:30 p.m. tonight on the road against Dixon.

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