Big plays win games. Sycamore made a big play to help turn the game in their favor on Senior Night.

Big plays win games.

Geneseo seemed to have Sycamore on the ropes on the gridiron in the second half until Manuel Dominguez broke through tackles to score a 63-yard touchdown run.

Following the long touchdown run, Sycamore dominated in the second half earning a 34-6 victory over Geneseo at Bob Reade Field on Senior Night on Oct. 12.

With the game tied at 6 at halftime, Geneseo started the second half with a solid drive but couldn’t convert a fourth-and-one from the 43-yard line.

However, Geneseo’s defense made a big play when Zac Olson hauled in an interception on a tipped pass and returned it to near midfield.

Geneseo went for it on fourth and short again and was stopped a yard shy at the 27-yard line.

Dominguez’s 63-yard touchdown run came just a few plays later.

“I thought we were in control of the game in the first half,” Green Machine Coach Larry Johnsen said. “Even when they got the kickoff return. They made the plays. We made a few mistakes that hurt us. I think our defense played really well in the first half. I think that’s the best they’ve played all year.”

It was a great start in the first quarter for the Green Machine.

Geneseo’s defense stopped Sycamore deep in their own end and a shanked punt set up the Green Machine at the Sycamore 34-yard line.

After Olson raced into the end zone for a touchdown, a flag wiped out the early score and Geneseo had to settle for a 24 yard Carson Cocquit field goal.

Defense sparked the Green Machine again when Tannen Rink recovered a fumble on the Sycamore 35-yard line.

After first and goal from the two-yard line, Geneseo was called for a false start and again had to settle for a 24-yard field goal.

On the ensuing kickoff, Sycamore’s Gavin Crofoot returned the kick for an 87-yard touchdown.

However, Geneseo flushed out Sycamore’s fake and kept the Spartans from taking the lead on the two-point conversion.

“I think that’s the best defense we’ve faced all year,” Johnsen said. “I think our kids did a lot of good things against them. We just couldn’t get the run game going and were forced to do things we don’t normally do.”