Penguins Hold First Major Scrimmage of Fall Camp

Derek Rivers
Derek Rivers

The Youngstown State football team held its first major scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. YSU had more than 80 plays during the scrimmage while working on red zone and special teams situations as well.

The defense came out strong allowing just four first downs on the first seven series. Hunter Wells had an 11-yard pass to Isiah Scott and Ricky Davis connected with Darien Townsend on a 17-yard reception during the first seven series.

The offense got into a rhythm on series eight going 75 yards in 10 plays. Nathan Mays engineered the scoring drive thanks to 38 yards on the ground by Joe Alessi and a 15-yard hands-to-the-face penalty on the defense. Mays found Zach Torbert in stride in the end zone for a 17-yard scoring strike.

The offense found the end zone again just two plays later when Trent Hosick raced 72 yards for a touchdown. Hosick showed good speed holding off three members of the secondary who were hot on his heels.

After two defensive holds, Davis engineered a quick five-play drive. He hit Tevin McCaster on a dump off that went for 27 yards to open the drive. After a Davis keeper picked up a first down on a 3rd-and-1 he found Damoun Patterson for a 37-yard touchdown pass. 

Wells led the offense to a field goal to drives later. He moved the offense 65 yards to the 10-yard line before the drive stalled. Wells connected with Stefan Derrick on an 11-yard gain on a 3rd-and-10 play. After the defense forced a pair of incompletions at the 10, Connor McFadden and Zak Kennedy each came on to make 27-yard field goals.

During the red zone period, the offense scored a touchdown and kicked a field goal while the defense forced a long field goal. McCaster scored from a yard out during the first red zone set.

The defense stiffened inside the five-yard line on the second set. After a Wells to Sidney Sandidge pass moved the offense to the five, the defense yielded just two yards over the next three snaps before McFadden kicked a 20-yard field goal. On third down, Wells had a potential touchdown dropped in the end zone.

On the final sequence, Derek Rivers unleashed his fury with a sack and QB hurry of Davis pushing the offense back to the 30-yard line. A pair of 47-yard field goal attempts by Kennedy were wide left.

In the scrimmage portion of the workout (no red zone stats included), Davis was 3-of-4 for 80 yards and a touchdown, Wells was 4-of-10 for 46 yards while Mays was 4-of-8 for 48 yards and a score. 

McCaster rushed nine times for 38 yards and caught two passes for 32 yards. Alessi finished with 38 yards on six attempts and Sandidge had 19 yards on six rushes. Jody Webb had three rushes for 16 yards and Martin Ruiz carried six times for 11 yards.

Leading the defense was Logan Rhea who finished with six tackles while Kieran Winn, Curtis Parks and Avery Moss were each credited with five stops. Rivers had four tackles as did Jaylin Kelly, Jamar Pinnock and Jalyn Powell.

The Penguins return to practice on Monday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. 

Season tickets are on sale by calling (330) 941-1978 or visiting the YSU Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Penguin Club memberships are available by calling (330) 941-2351.