Green Machine runs wild

Chris Steele
Billy Cosgrave, left, celebrates after catching a touchdown pass; and Colton Pischke, right, breaks a tackle to score on a long touchdown run during the Green Machines’ victory over Peoria Notre Dame.

It was dealers choice for the Green Machine at Quincy Notre Dame, and Geneseo had everyone dealing.

The Green Machine offense was firing on all cylinders with three Geneseo running backs over 100-yard in the rain-soaked field at Quincy Notre Dame on Sept. 7.

Geneseo (2-1) opened the game with a dominating drive that concluded with a nine-yard Zac Olson touchdown run.

After Quincy Notre Dame recovered a muffed punt at their own 29-yard line, the Green Machine defense showed their might forcing a turnover on downs.

Geneseo extended their lead with a Carson Cocquit making a field goal in his first game action of the season.

On the Green Machine’s next possession, facing third-and-10, Jaren Brucher found Billy Cosgrave for a 25yard touchdown strike.

“I was just nervous I was going to drop it,” Cosgrave said. “It felt great to catch it, and it was a great throw by Jaren.”

Geneseo wasn’t done yet.

Colton Pischke broke through two would-be tacklers to score a 20-yard touchdown with 2:46 until halftime.

The Green Machine’s Olson intercepted the ball on the Raiders final drive of the first half.

After Olson snatched a sideline grab to convert a fourth-and-11, Olson found the end zone for a two-yard touchdown.

Geneseo’s fullback Alex McAvoy has been picking up the tough yards on the inside all season and setting up his teammates for big runs on the perimeter.

However, in the second half against QND, it was McAvoy’s time to shine running through tacklers for a 45-yard touchdown run.

As much as McAvoy enjoyed getting into the end zone, he believes there is not much better than being able to set his teammates up.

“It’s great to see three or four guys coming at me on a fake,” McAvoy said. “It means that my teammates are going for big yards. I love that.”

Olson tacked on another Geneseo touchdown drive scoring from 19-yards out to extend the Green Machine lead to 44-0 with 9:28 remaining in the game.

The only blemish in the game was QND touchdown pass on a 58-strike in the fourth quarter against Geneseo’s second unit.

Olson finished with three touchdowns and 130, McAvoy rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown and Pischke tacked on 102 yards and a touchdown.

“I think we are just starting to get comfortable with what is going on and what we are trying to do,” Geneseo Coach Larry Johnsen said. “As coaches, we are just starting to see what our kids can do. Our offense is set up to feature those who can make plays, and when you are starting to have multiple running backs do that — it’s a good sign.”