Timing can be everything on the gridiron.

Timing can be everything on the gridiron.

Rochelle always found a way to make the big play when they needed it most during their 41-7 victory over Geneseo, at Bob Reade Field, on Sept. 29.

The Green Machine’s Drew Rapps raced the opening kickoff down the field to the Rochelle 35-yard line to set up Geneseo’s first drive.

However, the Rochelle defense forced a turnover on downs to turn the emotional tide.

The Hubs’ offense took advantage marching down the field for a Ehren Metzger touchdown run.

Rochelle faced a fourth- and-long inside the red zone, but converted on a Noah Mershon pass to set them up inside the one-yard line.

“I thought there were a lot of big plays that went Rochelle’s way that really put us in a bind,” Geneseo Coach Larry Johnsen said. “The fourth down play. Big turnovers that led to points. We have to regroup. It stings and hurts, but we have to regroup and move forward.”

After Rochelle expanded their lead to 14-0 by halftime, Geneseo needed a big play to turn things around in the second half.

The Green Machine defense responded forcing a fumble on Rochelle’s opening possession of the second half that was recovered by Kyle Toone.

Geneseo’s Isaiah Rivera passed to Kyle Wise for a 20-yard pickup on third down to get set the Green Machine up on the seven-yard line.

The Green Machine’s Colton Pischke punched the ball in from seven-yard out to close the gap to 14-7.

With the score still 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter, Rochelle was able to take advantage of miscues and short fields to add to the lead.

The Hubs gained 350 yards on the ground, while holding Geneseo to 71 yards rushing.

Rochelle’s Alex Harvey rushed 21 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Rapps led the Geneseo rushing attack with five carries for 24 yards, and Rivera was 3-of-6 for 29 yards passing.