Offense Comes Alive in Final Scrimmage; Unit Coming Together
The Youngstown State offense concluded a good week of practice on Saturday afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium with a strong performance against the defense during the final scrimmage of fall camp.
The offense scored seven touchdowns and had some good success in the red zone against the defense. Of the seven red-zone trips, the offense scored five touchdowns.
Quarterback Kurt Hess was sharp as he connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Pat White capping a fast-moving 70-yard drive in only five plays. On his next drive in charge of the offense, Hess connected with freshman wide receiver Christian Bryan on a fade in the back corner of the end zone from five yards out.
Reserve quarterback Marc Kanetsky led the offense to a 35-yard David Brown field goal following a three-and-out series. Freshman Dante Nania led the third unit down the field but tailback Parnell Taylor was stopped short on a fourth-and-one play when sophomore linebacker Thomas Sprague timed the snap perfectly and collared him for a five-yard loss.
YSU sprinkled in some special teams work during the scrimmage utilizing kickoff coverage and returns and punt coverage and returns.
The scrimmage then featured red-zone situations for the next seven series. The defense held on the initial drive, but the offense found paydirt each of the next four times. Scoring was Jordan Thompson on a six-yard run, Patrick Angle hooked up with White for a five-yard scoring toss, Angle then connected with Andre Barboza on a six-yard score and Demond Hymes scored on a three-yard run.
The defense held on the sixth possession, but the offense picked up a score when Taylor ran one in from seven yards out.
In the final sequence, the Guins worked on the two-minute drill. The offense needed a touchdown to win the game with 1:32 on the clock. On the first series, the defense held in four plays. Hess moved the offense to the 40 before Kanetsky took over for the final few plays as the defense held again.
White had five receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns while Barboza caught three passes for 65 yards and a score to highlight the receivers' performances.
Hess completed 8-of-14 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns, Kanetsky was 6-of-14 for 95 yards, Angle was 4-of-8 for 35 yards and two scores while Nania was 2-of-5 for 12 yards.
On the ground, Thompson looked strong with 49 yards on eight carries and Taylor had nine runs for 35 yards.
The Penguins are off on Sunday before returning to practice on Monday morning.
YSU opens the season on Friday, Sept. 2 at Michigan State. The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network and carried on 570 WKBN AM.
Season and Individual Game Tickets for the 2011 season are now on sale through the YSU Athletic Ticket Office. For ticket information contact the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978.