Penguins Conclude Second Major Scrimmage of Spring Ball

Penguins Conclude Second Major Scrimmage of Spring Ball

The Youngstown State football team had a productive two-hour scrimmage on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. The Penguins worked on moving-the-ball, red-zone, third-down, four-minute and two-minute situations during the workout.

The offense opened the scrimmage with three consecutive crisp scoring drives.

On the first sequence junior quarterback Kurt Hess engineered a 11-play, 70-yard scoring drive. On the drive, Hess was 5-for-5 while senior tailback Jamaine Cook ran for 22 yards on five carries. Cook rushed for six yards on a fourth-and-two play from the 33 to extend the drive. Three plays later, Hess connected with Christian Bryan on 17-yard scoring toss.

On the second drive, sophomore quarterback Patrick Angle and junior tailback Torrian Pace went to work. Pace carried the ball four times for 16 yards while Angle was 5-for-5, including a 36-yard strike to tight end Nate Adams. After the defense forced a third-and-goal from the eight, Angle found Jelani Berassa in the back of the end zone for a score capping a 10-play 70-yard march.

Angle led the offense on a 65-yard drive on the following possession. Cook opened the drive with a 25-yard rush while Jordan Thompson followed with carries of five, 18, 13 and three yards. On 3rd-and-4 from the 11-yard line, Angle went to Berassa again for nine yards to pick up a first down. Thompson then found a crack of daylight, scoring from two yards out.

The defense held on the next series and then Jimmy May intercepted a Dante Nania overthrow to quickly end the fifth drive.

On the final moving-the-ball sequence, Thompson gained 34 yards to on the first play, but the drive eventually stalled at the 22-yard line. David Brown's first attempt at 34-yard field goal missed, but his retry from that distance was good.

The ball was placed at the 20-yard for four red-zone drives. On the second play of the first sequence, Hess found Bryan for a 20-yard score. On the second drive, Brown connected on a 34-yard field goal and on the third drive, he drilled a 44-yard boot.

Stats of note during the first portion of the scrimmage are as follows: PASSING - Hess 7-of-7 for 66 yards and two touchdowns, Angle 6-of-7 for 70 yards and a TD, Nania 3-of-7 for 22 yards and one interception. RUSHING - Thompson 9-81; Cook 8-53; Pace 6-21. RECEIVING - Bryan 3-54, 2 TDs; Berassa 3-23, TD; Andrew Williams 2-22.

YSU then ran 20 third-down situations with all the units. The offense converted 10 of the third-downs. Highlighting the conversions were a 55-yard scoring run by Pace, a 20-yard pass from Hess to Kevin Watts, a 30-yard plus one-handed grab by Watts on a 3rd-and-9 toss from Hess and a 15-yard pass from Nania to Kintrell Disher.

The Penguins ran four-minute situations with both the top and reserve units. The scrimmage was capped off with a two-minute drill. Hess found Bryan again for a 30-yard scoring toss with 31 seconds left on the first try. The defense held the reserve offense out of the end zone when Angle's desparation pass fell incomplete on the final play of the workout.

YSU returns to the gridiron on Monday for its 12th practice of the spring. Next week the Penguins are slated to hold workouts Monday and Wednesday before Friday's annual Red-White Spring Game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium.