It’s our turf now!
The renovations at Bob Reade Field took a crew of many individuals working together to do different jobs and build something special.
The Geneseo football team has exhibited that same kind of workman like approach on the new football field.
The Green Machine’s combined efforts added up to a 35-7 victory over Marshall at Bob Reade Field on Sept. 2.
Being a part of a team means picking people up when they make mistakes.
Leading 7-0 after the first half, Geneseo’s Isaiah Rivera took the ball from center expecting to make a handoff up the middle.
However, nobody was in the backfield to make the exchange.
“My thought was, ‘I hope I don’t get destroyed right here,’” said Rivera of the broken play.
Rivera made nothing into something.
The sophomore raced through traffic to score a 32-yard rushing touchdown with his blockers clearing a path to set him free.
After turning the ball over three times in a bumpy first half, Geneseo’s Drew Rapps was a force in the second half finishing with 14 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
“We realized this was not going to be an easy game,” Rapps said. “We needed to come out hard and with everything we had. With every run, try to get two more yards, and with every block, block to the whistle. We just went hard in the second half.”
In the fourth quarter, the Green Machine’s Zac Olson found the end zone for a five-yard score to give Geneseo a 35-0 advantage.
Geneseo’s defense was stout throughout the game setting up Rapps’ second touchdown with a fumble recovery by Kyle Toone in Marshall territory.
Bringing that lunch pail attitude to the defensive line was Noah Coughlen who finished the game with three sacks.
“He’s a guy who came out of nowhere,” Geneseo Coach Larry Johnsen said. “He’s just one of those guys who, a lot of credit goes to him. He doesn’t look the part, but there’s something about him that just makes plays.
“He understands leverage and where he’s supposed to be and he’s been a real pleasant surprise.”
In the first half, the Green Machine’s Colton Pischke made team history becoming the first player to score on the new field.
Pischke didn’t realize it at first because he was more focused on giving his team a spark in a first half plagued by mistakes.
“I think there was no energy and everyone was kind of dead,” Colton Pischke said. “I think that really lifted up everyone’s spirits.”
But the Green Machine’s journey is far from complete and will be challenged with Western Big 6 Champion Quincy next to visit Bob Reade Field.
“There are still things that need to be worked on,” Johnsen said. “It didn’t matter what the score was or who was in the game. There was a lot of coaching and talking going on. In the second game of the year, you never want to be a finished product.”