After a two-game skid, it was back to the basics for Geneseo against LaSalle-Peru on Oct. 7.

Blocking and tackling seem like such basic elements in football.

After a two-game skid, it was back to the basics for Geneseo against LaSalle-Peru on Oct. 7.

The Green Machine ran over the Cavaliers on offense and had one of their best tackling games of the season on defense, during their 34-13 victory.

With the Green Machine looking like they were leaking oil, Geneseo played one of its most physical games in the NIB 12 conference finale.

The Green Machine dominated the line of scrimmage despite first team all-conference lineman Sam Thomas standing on the sidelines with crutches.

After not having played offensive line since his freshmen season, GHS’ Zach Humphrey stepped into Thomas’ role and had a solid game.

“It’s not always about winning,” Humphrey said. “It’s about coming together and making sure you take advantage of every moment you have with one another. I think we did that, and the outcome came with it.”

Leading 14-6 at halftime, Geneseo took control of the game in the third quarter by wearing down LaSalle-Peru with the running game.

The Geneseo running backs kept churning their legs to push the pile forward.

The Green Machine went for it on fourth down and four on the L-P 30-yard line and picked it up.

Geneseo’s Drew Rapps finished off the drive with a four-yard touchdown run.

Green Machine running back Jordan Jackson broke through arm tackles and churned his way into the end zone late in the third quarter to give Geneseo a 28-6 lead.

Jackson finished with a team-leading 151 yards, and he thinks the ball carriers’ unwillingness to go down on first contact says a lot about the team.

“I think that represents our team in a way,” Jackson said. “We are always fighting adversity, and no matter what’s thrown at us we keep on going.”

Rapps finished with a pair of touchdowns and 82 yards.

The Green Machine’s Cade Humphries ran for 91 yards including a 10-yard score.

On defense, Geneseo’s tackling was excellent against the crafty L-P quarterback Kennedy Carey.

The Green Machine’s Humphries was great at flying to the ball from his linebacker spot, and Tyler Taets created problems up the middle against the L-P offensive line.

Geneseo’s Hunter Girten had a breakout game on defense with two sacks and a forced fumble.

Girten thought the team’s success on defense came from bringing a physicality and aggressiveness they have been lacking in the past two weeks.

“All week in practice we worked on not just playing to the whistle but through the whistle,” said. “I think that really paid off.”