No regular season victory will ever be like it.

No regular season victory will ever be like it.

With 54 winning seasons coming before it, the Green Machine streak of winning seasons on the gridiron has become less of a tradition and more of an expectation.

With a Geneseo football program steeped in state history and tradition, the milestone of maintaining the streak had become an ordinary occurrence.

However, the Green Machine made its 55th winning season anything but ordinary.

Geneseo rallied in the second half to defeated state-ranked Morris 21-17, at Bob Reade Field, on Oct. 20.

The Green Machine (5-4) overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to secure a playoff berth for the 41st time in the program’s history.

Trailing 17-14 with less than a minute remaining, Geneseo quarterback Isaiah Rivera fired a strike to Jaren Brucher in stride streaking down the sideline. Brucher dove into the end zone after a near shoestring tackle inside the five-yard line.

“It was crazy,” Brucher said. “The ball was just up there and I saw it coming. I just stuck my arms out and it was right there on the money.”

On the ensuing kickoff, Morris returned the kick into Geneseo territory.

But with time running out, a sideline throw was intercepted by Zac Olson to seal Geneseo’s comeback win with 18 seconds remaining.

It was a fitting end for the Geneseo defense that held Morris to just three points in the second half.

Geneseo linebacker Justin Perren said he wasn’t thinking about playing for history, but he was thinking about playing for the person next to him.

“I told my teammates, ‘It’s how bad we want it,’” Perren said. “We came out here and we took it. We took the second half by storm, and I’m proud of all my boys for doing it.”

Geneseo opened the second half with a 16-play, seven-minute drive capped by a five-yard end zone dive by Parren.

The Green Machine’s Drew Rapps raced to pick up a pair of key first down including a fourth and three from the 25-yard line.

On Morris’ first possession of the second half, Geneseo’s Parren made back-to-back run-stuffing tackles to bring up third and long and force a three and out.

Rapps scored on the next possession on a fourth and goal from the one-yard line.

“We were an animal against the wall,” Rapps said. “We knew we had to get a win if we wanted to keep playing. Anything that was in us we had to give out, and we wanted it more. With every play and every inch, we wanted it more.”

After Morris was stopped on third-and-three with a little over five minutes remaining, Morris faked a punt to pick up the fourth down conversion.

Morris drove all the way down to the three-yard line, but an unsportsmanlike penalty pushed Morris back to the 16-yard line.

Morris settled for a field goal giving them a 17-14 lead with 1:02 remaining.

Geneseo had a similar end-of-game scenario earlier in the season against Quincy come up empty.

However, Rivera thinks the Green Machine was able to learn and grow having faced the situation before.

“Just knowing how to get everyone set to the offensive line, we learned a lot from that game,” Rivera said. We were a very different and more disciplined team just playing with heart.”

On Geneseo’s first play following the Morris field goal, Rivera found Brucher for the 62-yard touchdown.

Green Machine coach Larry Johnsen believed the team’s poise and never give up attitude allowed them to stay patient and earn a special come back win.

“All the wins are special,” Johnsen said. “There’s so much work that goes into a win. There’s been a lot of special wins, and this one is up there. As low as we all felt after the Quincy game, it’s the polar opposite. They

deserve it. They had a lot of things going against them, and a lot of people against them. They just found a way to win and keep fighting.”