In the past two weeks, it felt like there was no room for error for the Green Machine on the gridiron. However, this week was different.
In the past two weeks, it felt like there was no room for error for the Green Machine on the gridiron.
However, after a pair of penalties set them back, Geneseo was able to make big plays to pull away for a 24-7 victory over LaSalle-Peru during the homecoming game.
So far this season, Geneseo has had to scratch, fight and claw their way to the end zone with long time-consuming drives.
The Green Machine looked like a different team with two scores from beyond midfield.
After a fumble and a penalty put Geneseo behind the sticks on their opening drive, the Green Machine’s Jaren Brucher hit speedy running back Zac Olson on a screen that allowed him to race 65 yards for a touchdown.
On Geneseo’s next possession, the Green Machine got back to grinding and pounding the ball on offense.
Fullback Alex McAvoy was charging up the middle for big chunks of yardage to march Geneseo back down the field, and Colton Pischke dove into the end zone for a three-yard touchdown.
“In practice we always say, if you make a mistake forget it and come back stronger,” Pischke said. “That’s what everyone did, and it worked out well.”
LaSalle-Peru punched in a one-yard score after recovering a fumble inside the Geneseo 10-yard line.
However, the second half was all Geneseo.
Just when it seemed that the Green Machine had set the tone with a lone run to start the second half, a penalty put Geneseo behind the chains again.
On the next play, Pischke caught a pass from Brucher and ran 77 yards for a touchdown.
The rest of the game was feeding McAvoy the ball and watching him work behind the strong effort from Geneseo’s offensive line.
A senior, McAvoy churned out 146 yards on 23 rushes.
“We really needed this to get back on our feet,” Alex McAvoy said. “The team needed a little bit of a refresher to get back on our feet.”
Brucher finished with 173 yards passing, and Pischke grabbed two catches for 77 yards.
The Green Machine defense had another solid game, and Billy Cosgrave came away with an interception.
Carson Cocquit kicked a 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to pad Geneseo’s lead, and Olson finished with 57 yards on the ground.
“Rining that bell there’s nothing else like it,” McAvoy said.