Two Weeks From Opener, Penguins Hold Major Scrimmage

Christiaan Randall-Posey tackles Christian Turner on Saturday.
Christiaan Randall-Posey tackles Christian Turner on Saturday.

The Youngstown State football team held a 90-minute scrimmage on Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. The Penguins are exactly two weeks from starting the 2017 season at Pittsburgh.

YSU went through a variety of situations during Saturday's workout. The Penguins went through moving-the-ball, red-zone situations, punts and punt returns, first-and-goal and two-minute drills in the workout.

YSU No. 1 and No. 2 units saw the bulk of the work and numerous players had a chance to show Head Coach Bo Pelini and his staff what they have learned in the 16 days since camp started on August 3.

The offense had scoring plays by TB Joe Alessi, Damoun Patterson and Nathan Mays in the moving the ball portion of the workout. On the second overall series and first for the second unit, Alessi found a seam up the middle and scored on a 55-yard run. On their fourth possession, the No. 1 offense found paydirt.

QB Hunter Wells had a perfectly thrown pass to Patterson for a nice 20-yard touchdown reception. That play capped off an efficient eight-play, 80-yard march. Mays called his own number on a later drive scoring from a yard out on a keeper. That drive also went 80 yards and took 11 plays.

During red-zone situations, McCaster was the workhorse with three carries for 25 yards and scored on a 10-yard run. He was initally stopped, but kept going and was credited with a touchdown.

In the two-minute segment, the No. 1 defense stopped the offense when Billy Nicoe Hurst intercepted a deep pass. The two's moved the ball in scoring position before Zak Kennedy came on to drill a 40-yard field goal.

During the first-and-goal set, the offense had the ball at the three-yard line. The defense had a TFL on the first snap, and held the offense to no gain on second down. On third and fourth down, the unit forced incomplete passes to stop the drive.

Wells was 10-of-16 for 103 yards and a touchdown while Mays was 7-of-10 for 75 yards. McCaster led all rushers with 64 yards on 12 carries. Alessi finished with 75 yards on nine carries while London Pearson had 31 on seven attempts. Mays added 26 yards on the ground on eight attempts.

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