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G - Boblett 5 yard fumble return (Lind 2PT) (8-0)
G - Emmerson blocks punt out of the endzone for a safety (10-0)
R - Johnson 2 yard pass from Kubale (PAT Failed) (10-6)
G - Penney 2 yard run (Penney/Boblett 2PT) (18-6)
R - Johnson 27 yard pass from Kubale (PAT Failed) (18-12)
|Regular Season Game #5 - October 16, 1970 - Rochelle High School
|Article From The Geneseo Republic
Leafs Set New State Grid Record!
It's impossible to escape the revenge of the Geneseo Green Machine as Rochelle found out last Friday night as
they were defeated 18-12 before their own Homecoming crowd. Five years ago, the Hubs spoiled the Maple
Leafs Homecoming game by subduing them 18-13. that game signalled the beginning of an era for the Green
Machine and for 44 games they marauded undefeated and unchecked with the only blemish being a 7-7 tie with
Princeton in 1967. Then Rochelle proved not to be the push over that some had thought. Geneseo proved equal
to the challenge while the Hubs faltered and can now only reflect on "what might have been."
Geneseo racked up 194 total yards from scrimmage while Rochelle compiled 122. Doug Arnold and Rick Lind
shared rushing honors with 62 yards apiece. Vic Boblett dashed for 43 and Rick Penney ran for 2 yards. Cheif
threat for the Hubs was Tom Wyatt who gained 47 yards. The first period was a stiff defensive duel with neither
team able to get the upper hand. Except for a clipping penalty, Rick Penney's 83 yard punt return on the fourth
play of the game might have altered the entire tempo of the contest turning the tough battle into a route.
Penalties beset the Leafs all night with 140 yards being assessed against them which, according to one Geneseo
grid buff, may be the second tough dubious record set by the Green Machine.
As second quarter play began, Hub quarterback Bill Kubale handed off to Jim Berg who immediately was leveled
by Mark Kempher forcing a fumble. Vic Boblett scooped up the loose pigskin and scrambled 5 yards for the score
with 11:25 registered on the stadium clock. Rick Lind put the ball over for the conversion to give the Leafs an
8-0 lead. With time running out in the first half, Kubale was forced to punt deep in his own territory. Defensive
tackle Steve Emmerson roared through and blocked the boot. The blocked punt soared back out of the endzone
for a safety. With 3:05 remaining, the Leafs lead 10-0.
The Leafs had another chance to score with time nearly gone in the half when Jon Gentry intercepted a Kubale
pass. Gentry was nailed after gaining 22 yards...ending the half. The score stood 10-0 as both teams adjourned
to their locker rooms at the halftime intermission.
Rochelle came out throwing at the beginning of the second half in a desparate attempt to catch up. Rochelle
managed to score in the third stanza when they took possession of the ball after a high snap from center forced
punter Rick Penney to cover the ball on his own 6 yard line. A 2 yard pin point bullet pass from Kubale to Bruce
Johnson produced the Hub score. The Leafs stymied the PAT attempt but the damage had been done as the
Leafs found themselves hanging onto a slim 10-6 advantage with 4:44 left in the third period.
With 10:01 left in the final quarter, the situation seemed gloomy when Rochelle intercepted Penney's third down
pass. However 20 seconds later, Gentry picked off his second pass of the contest to set the stage for the Leafs
Following a fumble recoverey by Jim Gray of a Penney fumble, netting 9 yards, Lind carried four times in
succession for 38 yards. Arnold then carried for 14 yards with Boblett adding 5 more. Lind added another 5
yards on two carries to put the bll on the 2 yard line. Penney then rammed into the endzone for the tally.
Penney rifled a pass to Boblett for the conversion to give the Leafs an 18-6 lead with 6:12 remaining in the
game. Maple Leaf mentor Bob Reade reflected on the march after the game. "That drive was really the key.
The score loosened us up and helped take some of the pressure off. We didn't need to worry quite as much then
if Rochelle came back and scored."
On the following kickoff, the Hubs fired themselves up and marched 47 yards to the 13 yard line before Doug
Arnold intercepted Kubales pass with 3:59 left. Though the outcome was no longer in doubt, Rochelle mounted a
late scoring drive. The talley came with 0:50 left to play in the game when Kubale launched a 27 yard scoring
strike to Johnson. Wyatt failed on his attempt for the conversion and the final score was reached....18-12.
The key to the Leafs victory was not their vaunted offense but rather their unheralded defense. The Maple Leaf
defensive stalwarts accounted for the 10 point scored in the first half - the fumble recovery and the safety. In
the second half, two key interceptions by the secondary proved decisive. The first opened the way for the
winning Leaf drive and the second stalled a Rochelle TD bid.
Exceptional performances were turned in by Steve Emmerson, Doug Arnold, Tom Nelson, and Jon Gentry.