Raiders outlast Green?Machine

Amy Boldt
Jake Ballegeer brings down the Quincy Notre Dame ball carrier Sept. 12 when the Green?Machine traveled to Quincy.

In the final showdown between these two teams, the Geneseo Green?Machine and the Quincy Notre?Dame Raiders trudged through the wet and sloppy conditions Sept. 12. After four quarters in the mud, it was the Raiders who came out on top, 7-0 in the Friday night standoff.

Geneseo and Quincy Notre?Dame were held at a 0-0 stalemate through the first three quarters with both teams attempting to make something work on the ground and through the air.

“The conditions are an equalizer, both teams had to deal with it,” said head coach Larry Johnsen. “We tried to run around them and wear them down, but we couldn’t do that. You just have to play in the conditions.”

After three scoreless quarters, Quincy Notre Dame got on the board on a 1-yard touchdown by Ryan Spohr, after he raced 65-yards downfield to put the Raiders in scoring position.  Patrick Smith knocked through the extra point to put the Raiders on top, 7-0.

“It came down to one play, a long pass play and that set Quincy up for the score,” said Johnsen. “The Quincy coach and I both thought we could have gone into overtime. Both teams were pretty solid.”

The Green?Machine had time to get in for a score, but they just couldn’t move the ball downfield. Geneseo only crossed midfield five out of its 11 possessions Friday night.

Throughout the night, the Geneseo offense just couldn’t seem to get going. Uncharacteristic of Geneseo, the squad only ran the ball for 79 yards on 32 carries. The Green?Machine also passed for 51 yards on five completions. Geneseo combined for a total of 130 yards of offense.

“I don’t know what we could have done different and I thought Michael?Atwell did a good job throwing the ball when he did considering the conditions,” said Johnsen. “And Zach Hungate and Aaron Kotecki, who took Jason Johnson’s (out due to illness) spot, did fine with their opportunity.”

It was a different story for the Quincy Notre Dame offense as the Raiders were allowed 223 rushing yards on 43 carries and 27 passing yards on one completion for a total of 250 yards.

Running the ball for Geneseo were Jake Ballegeer with 35 yards on nine carries, followed by Zach Hungate with seven carries for 24 yards. Logan Patton added 12 yards on six carries, while teammate Collin Akers ran the ball 8 yards on two carries. Aaron Kotecki rushed for two yards on four carries, while Michael Atwell had four carries for a negative 2 yards.

Atwell passed for 51 yards on five completions Friday night, connecting with Ballegeer twice for 34 yards, Patton, once for 11 yards; Akers, once for 5 yards; and Hunter Fiers, once for 1 yard.

“We can’t dwell on the mistakes,” said Johnsen.

The Green?Machine (2-1 overall) looks to bounce back as they start conference play tonight at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Ottawa Pirates at Bob Reade Field.

Also this past week, the sophomores tied their contest with Quincy Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 12, 6-6 with Geneseo’s only touchdown scored by Andrew Walters. The freshmen squad came back to defeat Moline, 21-20.