MORRIS -- No excuses, no second-guessing. The Geneseo football team simply got beat here Friday night.|
The Leafs had the tables turned on them and got the mercy-rule as Morris, the state's top-ranked 5A team, won 43-0 and looked dominant.
What was shocking was that Geneseo controlled time of possession 28:16-19:44, and were still shut out.
"Our defense has been wanting a shutout all season, so to get one against a quality team like Geneseo really says something," Morris coach Alan Thorson said. "This was a game we needed and a confidence boost we needed."
The Redskins overpowered Geneseo on the ground with 281 yards. The biggest run came on the first play of the second half when Reese Sobol had a back-breaking 64-yard score to put the game out of reach at 28-0.
That came on the heels of a touchdown pass with just 30 seconds left in the first half when QB Zach Cinnamon looked like he would be sacked for a 15-yard loss, but spun out of it and chucked it to the end zone where Jake Hogan was waiting unguarded.
Cinnamon had scored with two minutes to go in the half to give Morris a two TD lead, but a Geneseo fumble, one of three on the night, led to the late score.
"They won the game, no ifs, ands or buts about it," Geneseo coach Larry Johnsen Jr. said. "They just kept punching away at us and wore us down."
The Leafs couldn't stop Morris on third down as the Redskins were 5-for-8, including going 3-for-3 on the drive when Cinnamon rushed in from 32 yards to put Morris up 14-0. On that drive, they converted third-and-7, third-and-12 and third-and-8.
On the flip side, Geneseo was just 1-for-4 on third down conversions in the second half, and 0-for-3 before getting the running clock.
Rayce Singbush has been on a tear this season, but rushed for just 29 yards on 13 carries as Morris keyed in on the Leafs' triple option, allowing less than 4 yards per carry.
Now, Geneseo sits at 2-1 heading into next week's matchup with cross-conference foe Sycamore before jumping into Northern Illinois Big 12 West play. The Spartans were receiving 5 votes in the 5A state poll released this week, Geneseo received 4 votes.
"One game, whether it's a win or a loss, doesn't define our season," Johnsen said. "We're going to get on the bus, lick our wounds and get ready for Sycamore.
"We've got a lot of season left and we just need to bounce back."
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