Geneseo falls to Sterling

Chris Steele
The Green Machine players try to push the pile during Geneseo's game against Sterling, on Sept. 22.

Regardless of down and distance, Sterling’s heart rate never changed.

Sterling was clinical during the first half defeating the Green Machine, 45-8, at Roscoe Eades Stadium, in Sterling, on Sept. 22.

The Golden Warriors (5-0) have started fast in every game this season, and Sterling’s execution on third and fourth down allowed them to open a 28-0 lead after the first quarter.

“They are phenomenal athletes,” Geneseo Coach Larry Johnsen said. “They are focused in on a mission. When you have players like that they can make special plays. I thought we were in a position to make plays, we just didn’t make the plays. That’s a credit to them because it starts with them.

“We have to come back and the word is focus. We need to focus on everything that we do, and we have to learn from this and move on. We need to do a better job of controlling the things that we can control.”

Sterling quarterback Trey Morse completed a quick-hitting pass on third and three to keep the Warriors’ opening drive alive.

A few plays later, Sterling running back Nyrel Sullivan ran for a 37-yard touchdown.

On Sterling’s second possession, the Golden Warriors picked up a fourth and inches and Morse finished off the drive with a 43-yard touchdown run just moments later.

Facing third and 10, Sterling’s offensive line opened a gap for Morse to pick up the first down.

Sullivan capped the drive with a 15-yard score to take a 21-0 lead.

Trailing 45-0 at halftime, Geneseo got its subs into the game and showed a lot of heart in the second half.

Geneseo’s Billy Cosgrave found the end zone on a 38-yard run on fourth and six, and he carried seven times for 47 yards.

Kyle Hofer rushed for 63 yards in the second half, and Kade Coons had 10 carries for 61 yards.