The Green Machine's starters were trading places with the reserves on Sept. 11.
The Green Machine’s starters were trading places with the reserves on Sept. 11.
Geneseo’s starters got the night off at Bob Reade Field, but the Green Machine still rolled to a 39-0 victory over against Chicago Hope.
The game against Chicago Hope (0-3) gave Geneseo (3-0) a chance to highlight the talents of the whole roster. Putting a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of players who don’t see a majority of snaps on Friday nights.
Having multiple roles is common place for Bryce Iwinski.
A senior offensive lineman, Iwinski doesn’t head to the locker room at halftime, instead he trade his shoulder pads for the drums.
“It’s a unique experience to go from football to band, and back to football,” Iwinski said. “I just feel really blessed. I have a coach and a band director who understand and work with me.”
During his sophomore year, Iwinski talked to sophomore coach Mike Harrington about how the situation would work.
After talking with band director Steve Scherer and Harrington, Iwinski started the process of shedding his shoulder pads at halftime and taking his place in the marching formation.
Coach Johnsen said it’s not the first time the football team had a player marching at half.
With the sophomore team dressing for the varsity game this week, Ryver Griffin joined Iwinski on the field wearing his pads for the marching band’s halftime show.
Prior to halftime, the Green Machine’s Cade Humphries showcased his strength running for two first quarter touchdowns.
“We have a great line in front of us,” Humphries said. “It’s special to have. I’m lucky to have that kind of line in front of me to get in the end zone.”
The Geneseo defense was opportunistic, Geneseo’s Ben Rowley snagged a 54 yard interception return.
Lucas Hofer led the Green Machine in rushing carrying 12 times for 93 yards.
“I think it was a good experience having everyone on the field,” Hofer said. “It helps our team to have a lot of guys get on the field.”
Andrew Pischke found the end zone on a seven yard touchdown run, and Camryn Dowell scored to highlight a brisk second half.
Jack Hinton kicked a 35-yard field goal, and Jacob Verplaetse kicked the extra points.
The Geneseo defense got on the scoreboard with a safety, and held Chicago Hope without a first down.
The Green Machine’s Gunner Gaines and Kiko Pena each got to the quarterback for a sack, and Noah Aper had a seven yard tackle for loss.
“When the backups come in you really pair things down,” coach Johnsen said. “We didn’t do that at all. We threw the whole thing at them, and they had to respond. I thought the kids did a good job of paying attention to the details.”