Green Machine grinds down

Chris Steele
Alex McAvoy, right, breaks into the secondary during Geneseo’s game against Sterling at Bob Reade Field.

Speed can change a game in an instant.

Sterling proved just that during their 43-7 victory against Geneseo at Bob Reade Field on Sept. 21.

Geneseo came out and set the tone in the first quarter.

The Green Machine’s Zac Olson scored on a three-yard touchdown run to give Geneseo an early lead.

However, Sterling’s offense came to life to answer in the second quarter.

The Golden Warriors put together an 81-yard drive that was capped by Marquez Williams punishing run for a 19-yard touchdown to tie the game.

“Our plan was working early on,” Johnsen said. “We wanted to speed the game up and limit their number of possessions. The realistic thing is we don’t have speed like that.”

Sterling intercepted a pass inside their own territory and quickly took the lead.

Negil Bruce broke a 41-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 advantage and Sterling never gave up the lead.

“They have a couple of running back who are really good,” Johnsen said. “When you try to set an edge on them, they outrun the edge. If you take an angle they outrun the angle. Your guys are sitting where there and doing what they are supposed to do, but you can simulate their speed in practice.”

A 32-yard completion set up a Bruce touchdown dive to add to the cushion as Sterling led 21-7 at halftime.

After Geneseo stopped Sterling’s opening drive of the second half, Geneseo drove down the field but had their drive halted at the 40-yard line.

Facing fourth-and-10 Geneseo punted to play the field position game.

“We just have to build from what we did do and learn from what we did wrong,” Johnsen said.

However, Sterling marched down the field and Williams broke free for a 26-yard touchdown run.