The Youngstown State football team ended a long week of six straight full-pad practices with a scrimmage under game-like conditions on Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. The Penguins played three full game quarters in one of their final workouts before classes start next week.
On Saturday, YSU utilized all special teams units and for the most part an offensive ball carrier was ruled down when touched by a defensive player.
The defense had the upper hand early before the offense put together its first scoring drive. YSU went 72 yards on seven plays in its first scoring drive. QB Trent Hosick found a wide open TE Anthony Parente along the sidelines for a 38-yard scoring toss.
The offense had another solid drive later in the scrimmage moving the 25-yard line thanks to a nifty one-handed grab by TB Tevin McCaster. On a 2nd-and-9 play, QB Hunter Wells' pass was bobbled then was intercepted by Billy Nicoe Hurst.
Following a pair of three-and-outs, the offense picked up 31 yards on a 25-yard run by Joe Alessi and five-yard pick up by QB Nathan Mays. After the drive stalled, PK Zak Kennedy was called on to kick a 45-yard field goal and he promptly delivered a good kick.
The next score was set up by a blocked punt. Nate Needham's punt attempt was blocked and recovered at the 31-yard line. Seven plays later the offensive unit found the end zone for the second time. Hosick had a nice 15-yard keeper on a 3rd-and-10 and then he connected with Zack Torbert for a 13-yard gain to the two-yard line. Two plays later, McCaster blasted in from a yard out for a score.
For the scrimmage, Wells was 9-of-14 for 70 yards, Hosick was 4-of-6 for 70 yards, Ricky Davis was 4-of-9 for 22 yards and Mays was 1-of-3 for three yards. On the ground, Jody Webb had nine carries for 23 yards while McCaster had 11 totes for 19 yards. Stefan Derrick led the receivers with five catches for 38 yards while Darius Shackleford had three grabs for 19 yards.
Defensively Kyle Hegedus and Logan Rhea led the way with six stops. LB Armand Dellovade had five stops while LeRoy Alexander, Avery Larkin, Darius Hall and Jameel Smith each had four. The unit was credited with four pass breakups during the scrimmage.
The Penguins return to practice on Monday morning at Stambaugh Stadium while the fall semester begins on Wednesday.
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.