Add another winning season to the record books for the Geneseo Green Machine as Geneseo achieved its 51st consecutive winning season Oct. 4 when the Green Machine rolled past visiting Ottawa, 35-7.
“I thought we got off to a good start and had a good first half,” said head coach Larry Johnsen. “We didn’t play well in the second half and got out of rhythm.
“It is a victory and we want to rejoice in the victories. These guys put in a lot of work and they should be rewarded for it.”
After Ottawa gained some ground in its opening series, the Green Machine got the ball for the first time after Matt Rowley jumped in front of the Ottawa pass for the interception.
Ryan Webster found the end zone for one of his three touchdowns on the night with a 6-yard run for Geneseo’s first score, and Kevin Wolak added the PAT kick.
Webster reached the end zone again in the first quarter on another 6-yard TD run, and Wolak added the PAT kick for the 14-0 lead.
Geneseo’s defense came up big as the Green Machine blocked an Ottawa field goal attempt, and Cooper Humphries scooped it up and ran it back 65 yards to get Geneseo into scoring position.
Webster punched in another score in the second quarter on a 5-yard run, and Wolak successful split the uprights; while Luke Snyder snuck the ball into the end zone just before half on a 3-yard run to give Geneseo the 28-0 advantage at the break.
Both squads were held scoreless in the third quarter.
Ottawa got on the board with a little over a minute left in the game on the Garrett Hoffman 13-yard run, and Tristan Cunha added the PAT kick to make it 28-7.
With only 5 seconds left on the clock, Joey Medina got the ball and busted out an 82-yard TD run for the final score of the contest, and Wolak added the PAT kick.
“Joey had a great run,” said Johnsen. “He found a great alley and just took off.”
Geneseo combined for 374 yards offensively with 364 rushing and 10 passing.
Brandon Mizlo led the ground game with 120 yards on 18 carries; followed by Medina with 84 yards on three touches.
Webster totaled 78 rushing yards on 10 carries; while Rayce Singbush had nine touches for 60 yards, and Snyder added 23 yards on four carries.
Lane Akre added 12 rushing yards on two carries; followed by Ryan Pitra with 6 yards on two carries; Josh King, 5 yards one touch; Jacob Eaker, 1 yard on one carry; and Jordan Schnowske had two carries for a loss of 7 yards.
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Geneseo’s defense held the Pirates to only 168 rushing yards and 47 passing yards.
“I thought the key was the line of scrimmage, and we controlled it,” said Johnsen. “And credit goes to our defense for the defensive stop (at the goal line).”
Nick Verbeck led the defense in tackles for a loss with two and a half; followed by Mizlo with two; and Kyle Patterson, Carson Krause, Bailey Weber and Webster, all assisted with a tackle for a loss.
Weber was able to break through the line and reach the Ottawa quarterback for a sack; while Rowley came up with an interception.
“I thought we did a good job, but we need to keep getting better,” said Johnsen. “We need to get back to playing four quarters at a high level.”
The Green Machine (5-1 overall and 2-0 in the NIB 12) will host Sterling tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Bob Reade Field.