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Peoria Manual Rams
G - Newton 3 yard run (Liras PAT) (7-0)
PM - Knox 28 yard FG (7-3)
PM - Wilson 55 yard pass from Tubbs (PAT) (7-10)
G - Cook 11 yard pass from Durick (PAT Failed) (13-10)
|4A 1st Round - November 4, 1992 - Peoria Stadium
|Article From The Geneseo Republic
Manual For Victory
Leafs Instruct Rams In Fine Points Of Winning
Anyone who had doubts about the Geneseo Maple Leafs passing attack need doubt no longer. The Leafs not only showed a
formidable passing game Wednesday night, November 4 at Peoria Stadium but used it to come from behind for a 13-10 victory
over the Peoria Manual Rams.
"People laugh, but we invest a lot of practice time in our passing game," stated Geneseo Head Coach Denny Diericx. "This is
the first time we have had to come from behind. That was the only dimension we hadn't shown yet this year. I think it will really
help our confidence."
The game was a defensive battle from the onset with Geneseo forcing a fumble that was recovered by Derek Wright on the
fourth play of the game. The Leafs couldn't move the ball early on either and was forced to punt twice in a row. Geneseo got
their offense in gear after a miserable 19 yard punt by Manual. The Leafs took possession on the Manual 44 yard line and
scored four plays later on a 3 yard run by Eric Newton. Spiro Liras added the extra point which would turn out to be the last
points the Leafs would score until the final minute of the game.
After a five play drive by Manual ended in a punt, the Green Machine went on an 11 play drive that took them to the Manual 15
yard line. A Geneseo penalty on a fourth down play was declined by the Rams and the Peoria school took over possession.
Manual marched down the field in impressive fashion using twelve plays to get to the Geneseo 11 yard line where the drive was
stalled by the Leaf defense, and the Rams had to settle for a Ryan Knox 28 yard field goal, reducing the Geneseo lead to 7-3 at
Both defenses were extremely stingy in the third period and neither team was able to run more than six plays before punting.
Geneseo started another time consuming drive from their own 13 yard line in the fourth period. Jason VanAcker was the work
horse of the drive, running five plays in a row and carrying most of the Rams defense with him. Manual finally held the Leafs on
a critical fourth down play on the 17 yard line and the Leaf scoring threat was halted.
After a short possession by Manual, the Leafs took over but they fumbled the ball and the Rams recovered on their own 45 yard
line. Manual, who had thrown long unsuccessfully on several occasions during the game, tried again with 3:10 left in the game.
This time, quarterback Courtland Tubbs found tight end Tyrin Wilson for a 55 yard touchdown strike that gave the Rams a 10-7
lead. "We told the kids to keep their heads up," said Coach Diericx, "we're going to thrown on every down. Let's see what you
The Green Machine offense responded and replacement quarterback Nate Durick led the charge. Durick completed 5-6 passes
for 64 yards, the final one on an 11 yard bullet to a diving Matt Cook for the score with 39 seconds left in the game. The PAT
was blocked by the Rams, leaving the score at 13-10, within a field goal of overtime. But it was not meant to be for the Manual
Rams. An interception by Newton with 3 seconds left on the clock ended the game.
"Geneseo had some of the best pass coverage we've seen all year," praised Rams Head Coach Jim Mannaioni, "I was
especially impressed by the way they bumped us at the line of scrimmage and still covered us deep." Coach Diericx gave the
Rams a lot of credit for a tough game. "They are a talented team with a lot of weapons, said the coach. "We used 20 formations
against them and nothing worked really well. They had some trouble with the wishbone. We had to run away from lineman
Rodney Douglas (a 6'2" 256lb Junior). He was a one man wrecking crew."