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

  • The Green Machine earned a spot in the Elite 8 this past Saturday with a 21-0 shut out of Plano Nov. 9 at Bob Reade Field.
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  • The Green Machine earned a spot in the Elite 8 this past Saturday with a 21-0 shut out of Plano Nov. 9 at Bob Reade Field.
    "Our defense again did a great job," said head coach Larry Johnsen. "Our defense kept Plano out of the end zone. Our guys made plays. They didn't want anyone to score. They don't want anyone in the end zone."
    Plano opened the game by moving down the field on Geneseo, but the Green Machine defense did what it does best and held strong to keep the Reapers out of the end zone.
    The Green Machine got on the board when Rayce Singbush punched in a touchdown from 4 yards out, and Kevin Wolak added the PAT kick for the 7-0 lead.
    "Kudos to Plano, they really had us in a bind, but we made the adjustments," said Johnsen. "The defense held Plano and the offense methodically went down the field (in the opening series). It was big to flip the field. That momentum was huge."
    Singbush closed out the half when he sprinted down field for a 34-yard touchdown with a little over a minute left in the half. Wolak successful kicked the PAT to put Geneseo up, 14-0 at the half.
    "Rayce is a hard runner and a lot of teams key up on him," said Johnsen. "We thought this would be the week for him to break out."
    Both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter, and Geneseo held on to its two-touchdown lead as the game entered the fourth quarter.
    "Some things weren't pretty, but we came away with the win," said Johnsen. "It was a valiant effort by a lot of people. The guys did a good job."
    About halfway through the fourth quarter, Singbush broke free from tackles and raced down field 81 yards to pay dirt, and Wolak added the PAT kick to give the Green Machine the 21-0 advantage.
    The Geneseo defense continued to hold off the Reaper offense to earn the shut out.
    The Green Machine offense ran for 368 yards on 52 carries, and had zero passing yards.
    Singbush spearheaded the ground attack as he rushed for 231 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns.
    Lane Akre chipped in 80 yards on 18 touches; while Ryan Webster ran for 52 yards on 10 carries.
    Jordan Schnowske finished the game with 6 yards on two carries; followed by Jacob Eaker with 5 yards on one carry; Ryan Pitra, 3 yards on one carry and Joey Medina, one carry for 2 yards.
    Luke Snyder passed three times with no completions.
    The defense only allowed Plano 104 rushing yards and 65 passing yards for the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - Helping the defensive effort were Kyle Patterson who pulled in an interception and Pitra, who came up with a fumble recovery.
    Coming up with tackles for a loss were Webster for a loss of 6 yards; Nick Verbeck had a tackle for a loss of 5 yards and Cooper Humphries had one for a loss of 1 yard.
    Brandon Mizlo broke through the Plano line and reached the quarterback for the sack of 8 yards, and Patterson also found his way to the quarterback for a sack of 4 yards.
    "We are playing with confidence," said Johnsen. "We have been in close, tight games and we are finding a way to win. Kudos to the kids for rising to the occasion."
    The Green Machine (10-1 overall and 5-0 in the NIB 12) will be on the road at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals against Chicago Phillips at Gately Stadium.
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