Ottawa gave Geneseo its best shot, but the Green Machine made enough big plays to secure a 31-7 victory on Homecoming at Bob Reade Field, on Sept. 15.

Ottawa gave Geneseo its best shot, but the Green Machine made enough big plays to secure a 31-7 victory on Homecoming at Bob Reade Field, on Sept. 15.

With Geneseo leading 14-7 to start the second half, Ottawa squibbed the kickoff and recovered the ball at the 41-yard line.

On the next play, the Pirates’ Slaten Swords lofted a shot downfield for lanky receiver Joey Owens to go up and pick out of the air.

However, the Green Machine’s Jaren Brucher ran underneath the ball to break up the pass and save a sure touchdown.

“It felt good to just take a breath, relax and come up big the rest of the half,” Brucher said. “We kept pounding away at them and that was a big play.”

Geneseo’s Payton Clauson made a solo tackle out in space to bring up third down, and Brucher made a stop on a short drag route to bring up fourth and seven.

After Ottawa threw an incompletion to turn the ball over on downs, Geneseo’s offense put points on the board with a Jack Hinton 33-yard field goal.

“I thought we rose to the occasion there,” Geneseo Coach Larry Johnsen said. “There’s obviously work to be done, but this week we are talking about a victory as opposed to a loss.”

Geneseo added to their lead with Drew Rapps finding the end zone on a 1-yard dive before the third quarter came to a close.

The Green Machine’s Colton Pischke iced the game with a 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Pischke led the way for the offense finishing the game with 10 rushes for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

Pischke’s play at cornerback helped bring the Green Machine offense life in the first half.

Pischke intercepted a pass in the first quarter and returned the ball to the Ottawa 41-yard line.

“It only takes one person to make one play for the team to get started,” Pischke said. “Then the team just started rolling and making plays.”

Two plays later, the Green Machine’s Isaiah Rivera cut his way through traffic to score a 40-yard touchdown.

Pischke found the end zone in the second half scoring from two-yards out to give Geneseo a 14-0 advantage.

Despite finishing with a big lead, Johnsen wants to see his team be more consistent on the field.

“There were some big plays that we made that sparked us,” Johnsen said, “ But we’ve got to be more consistent on both sides of the ball. We have to find that niche offensively of what we can do. Defensively, we’ve got to shore up some things for sure.”