The 39th Annual Youngstown State football program's Red-White Spring Game is set for Saturday at 12:05 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium. Admission is $5 and free for YSU students. The contest will be carried live on 570 WKBN.
Head Coach Eric Wolford said the Penguins will conduct the contest under normal playing rules. The game will be four quarters, however the final two periods will feature a continuous clock. The clock can be stopped when deemed necessary. Punts will be allowed, but can only be fair caught. Kickoffs and returns will be utilized during specific sequences.
Those who will serve as Honorary Coaches are United States Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17), Ohio State Senator Joe Schiavoni (33rd District), Penguin Club President Walter "Buzz" Pishkur, current YSU Board of Trustee member and former State Senator Harry Meshel, Sam Covelli of Covelli Enterprises, Eric Ryan - Executive Director of the Covelli Centre, Jim Gasior - President and Chief Executive Officer of Cortland Banks, and former World Middleweight Boxing Champion Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik.
Coach Wolford will speak at a YSU alumni function at 11 a.m. before visiting with fans in the M-24 tailgate lot from 11:15-11:40 a.m.
Tailgate passes for the F-2 area of the M-24 Parking Lot across the street from the Stadium are available for $15 to all Penguin fans. The pre-game tailgating session begins at 8 a.m. and will go until noon. For more information, or to purchase a tailgate parking pass contact the Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978. There is no postgame tailgating. Additional parking will be available near the stadium for $5.
Season Tickets will also be available for purchase before and during the game at the YSU Athletic Ticket Office.
Clear Channel Radio will air the game live on 570 WKBN beginning with the pre-game show at 11:45 a.m. Bob Hannon (play-by-play), Ed Muransky (analysis), Dave Sess (sideline) and engineer Mike Orto will bring Penguins fans all the action.
Tickets for the Red-White Spring Game are currently available at the YSU Athletic Ticket Office and can be purchased on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. All seating for the game is general admission and will be in the West stands. The East side will be closed on Saturday afternoon. The gates open at 11 a.m.
Parking will be available in all lots around the stadium. Handicapped parking will be located along the meters outside the Andrews Wellness and Recreation Center on Armed Forces Boulevard beginning at 11 a.m. If those spaces are full, YSU Parking Services will utilize the F-6 Lot by the Beeghly Center. Loge holders should have their permits and will be allowed to park in the F-7 Lot. Media and gameday staff parking will be in the M-27 South lot located across Fifth Avenue from the Stadium. Marked media vehicles will be allowed to park along Stadium Drive.
As always, no umbrellas, big bags, coolers or cans are permitted in the Stadium. No fans will be allowed on the field following the game, however, weather permitting, postgame interviews will be held on the turf.
Also on Saturday, the YSU Alumni office is holding a buffet dinner in Stambaugh Stadium's Gym C at 10:30 a.m.
Last year, the Red team used an impressive offensive performance to pick up a 48-20 victory over the White squad.
In Coach Wolford's official public coaching debut, the two teams combined to score 10 touchdowns. Tailbacks Torrian Pace and Jamaine Cook each scored twice while Kurt Hess threw three touchdown passes and Dominique Barnes had two scoring receptions.
The contest was tight at halftime with the Red squad holding a 20-13 lead. In the second half, the Red team outscored the White's 28-7 for the final margin. The Red team consisted of starters while the White squad was primarily reserves.
Hess was a combined 26-of-33 for 350 yards and three touchdowns while Marc Kanetsky was 20-of-32 for 213 yards and two touchdowns.