With a 28-7 loss to Kaneland, on Oct. 14, Geneseo (4-4) goes into the final week of the season looking to secure a fifth win to become playoff eligible.

The playoffs are starting early for the Green Machine.

With a 28-7 loss to Kaneland, on Oct. 14, Geneseo (4-4) goes into the final week of the season looking to secure a fifth win to become playoff eligible.

“We had a spell there at the end of the first half where we made some very big mistakes that turned into points for them,” Johnsen said. “We have to clean that up and be ready to go because our first round playoff game is (against Morris).”

Geneseo had too many variables to overcome against Kaneland.

After Geneseo put together an impressive opening drive, but the Green Machine was stopped short on fourth and one inside the red zone.

During the drive, Green Machine blocking tight end, Jake Winslow, suffered a knee injury and was out for the game.

“He’s a good blocking tight end and defensive lineman,” Johnson said. “We got caught having to play people both ways who haven’t played both ways. I think you can see that hurt us.”

Geneseo’s secondary was banged up with Jaren Brucher and Nick Swartzendruber both dealing with injuries against a savvy Kaneland passing attack.

Geneseo’s Colton Pischke recovered a fumble on the Kaneland 44-yard line, and the Green Machine had new life trailing 7-0.

The Green Machine’s Zac Olson made the catch of a lifetime between two defenders on third and long on a pass from Isaiah Rivera to get Geneseo inside the five-yard line.

Two plays later, Olson powered his way into the end zone to tie the game in the second quarter.

However, Kaneland took advantage of Geneseo miscues to score three times in the final three minutes to increase their lead to 28-7 by halftime.

Geneseo played better in the second half, and the Green Machine defense finished the game with four turnovers.

Pischke recovered two fumbles, and Billy Cosgrave intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.

Rivera finished 7-of-13 for 79 yards, and Kyle Wise had four catches for 40 yards.

Drew Rapps led the Green Machine in rushing with 12 attempts for 58 yards.