Green Machine rally falls short

Chris Steele
Nick Swartzendruber celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth 
quarter to give Geneseo a 17-14 lead.

Geneseo had a valiant comeback drive fall short in a dynamic fourth-quarter battle against Quincy at Bob Reade Field on Sept. 8.

The Blue Devils (1-2) held on for dear life staving off three Green Machine (2-1) Hail Mary throws from the 42-yard line to secure a victory, 21-17.

Trailing 7-3 at halftime, the Green Machine marched 75 yards to take a 10-3 lead capped by a 31-yard rushing touchdown from Ryver Griffin.

Both teams were methodical during their scoring drives forcing the other to answer.

In the fourth quarter, Quincy responded retaking the lead with a long drive that reached pay dirt with a quarterback sneak from the Blue Devils’ Logan Ross.

On the next possession, Geneseo used a fake punt to keep their drive alive facing a fourth-and-four near midfield.

GHS’ Nick Swartzendruber reached the end zone nearly untouched on a seven-yard dash to retake the lead, 17-14.

With time running low, the Green Machine’s Colton Pischke recovered a fumble inside Quincy territory.

However, Geneseo was unable to add to their lead after a personal foul kept the Green Machine from staying on schedule and forcing a punt.

Quincy picked their way down the field and the Blue Devils’ star running back Jirehl Brock converted a fourth and 16 from the

Geneseo 42-yard line with less than a minute remaining.

Ross dove into the end zone two plays later for his third touchdown of the game giving Quincy the lead, 21-17.

Geneseo’s Drew Rapps rushed 10 times for 57 yards, and Griffin finished with 51 yards rushing on nine attempts.

The Green Machine’s Isaiah Rivera threw for 146 yards completing 7-of-15 passes.

Jack Hinton put Geneseo on the scoreboard before half kicking a 25-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining.

Brock finished the game with 28 attempts and 130 yards on the ground to go with 52 yards receiving.

However, Geneseo committed 11 penalties amounting to 63 yards put them in a hole.

While the outcome didn’t mirror the effort the Green Machine displayed, Geneseo Coach Larry Johnsen applauded the team’s heart adding this was the best game the Green Machine had played this season.