Final Scrimmage of Fall a Success For Penguins

YSU Football practice
YSU Football practice

The Youngstown State football team held its final scrimmage of fall just two weeks shy of the season opener at Pittsburgh on a perfect Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. Both the offense and defense had solid moments during the workout.

YSU worked on various situations and for the first half of the scrimmage the defense had the upper hand.

With the ball on their own one, the defense stuffed the offense for no gain on their first three rushing plays. Patrick Angle connected with Andrew Williams on a gain of 17 yards for the biggest play of that portion of the scrimmage.

During the drives session the only points the offense could muster was a long field goal by senior David Brown. The defense forced a turnover when Teven Williams knocked the ball free from Adaris Bellamy. Angle connected with Marcel Caver on a nice 23-yard gain, but once again the drive stalled when the defense held on a third-and-two.

After two three-and-outs, the offense picked up back-to-back first downs as Kevin Watts picked up 11 yards on a rush around the left side and Kurt Hess found Caver for a 13-yard gain. The defense slowed the drive and Brown came on to drill a 49-yard field goal.

During the drives segment, Randall Gillum, Kyle Sirl and Chuck Lengyel each had sacks for the defense. The quarterbacks were not live during the scrimmage and were down once they were touched.

The offense caught fire scoring on three straight red-zone possessions. Hess found Will Shaw on a 20-yard strike, Angle connected with a wide open Michael Wheary for an 18-yard score and Dante Nania tossed a four-yard score to Andrew Williams. The defense held on the next two chances, but Torrian Pace found paydirt from a yard out on the next possession. The defense held on the final sequence which featured threes vs. threes.

Next the Guins ran some short-yardage situations with the offense converting on three of the first four plays while the defense held on three of the final four snaps.

The final portion of the scrimmage was a two-minute set. The No. 1 offense scored when Hess found Christian Bryan for a 36-yard score with 10 seconds left on the clock. The No. 2 defense stepped up and stopped the No. 2 offense on four plays to end the scrimmage.

The Penguins also worked on kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt coverage and punt returns during the scrimmage.

Head Coach Eric Wolford announced that junior wide receiver Jelani Berassa has been lost for the season because of a right knee injury. Berassa, who caught eight touchdown passes for the Penguins a year ago, injured his knee in practice on Wednesday afternoon. He missed the entire 2010 campaign when he suffered a left-knee injury during fall camp.

YSU will take Sunday off before returning for practice on Monday morning at 10 o'clock.

Season tickets for the 2012 campaign are on sale by contacting the YSU Athletic Ticket office at (330) 941-1978.