Offensive Line, Dellovade Earn Weekly MVFC Honors

YSU's Offensive Line led by Coach Carmen Bricillo
YSU's Offensive Line led by Coach Carmen Bricillo

St. Louis, Mo. - The collective members of the Youngstown State offensive line was tabbed the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Offensive Lineman of the Week while junior linebacker Armand Dellovade was named the Defensive Player of the Week for their efforts in the win over South Dakota State.

The Penguins' six offensive linemen - OT Justin Spencer, OG Gavin Wiggins, C Vitas Hrynkiewicz, OG Jacob Zinni, OT Cameron Fraser and OT Jeff Rotheram - had an outstanding effort in the 19-7 win over the Jackrabbits. 

The Penguins set a school record in possession time against South Dakota State maintaining control of the football for 45:14. Against the Jackrabbits, YSU had six possessions that extended more than nine plays, including drives of 14, 15 (twice) and 16. YSU finished with 310 yards rushing on 63 carries led by Tevin McCaster's 35 carries for 183 yards.

On the first series of the game, starting QB Hunter Wells was lost with an injury and was replaced by Nathan Mays who had 65 yards rushing on 11 carries and completed 14-of-19 passes for 113 yards. Leading 19-7 in the fourth quarter, YSU took over with 8:38 left and was able to stay in possession for the remainder of the contest.

Dellovade was the co-Defensive Player of the Week along with Western Illinois' Brett Taylor.

Dellovade had one of the best games in his stellar YSU career in the Penguins' 19-7 win over South Dakota State. Amazingly, he played just 37 plays, which was all the offensive snaps by SDSU in the contest. And Dellovade made a big impact.

In a 14-7 contest, Dellovade tackled Daniel Mikey in the end zone for a safety to give YSU a 16-7 lead in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Dellovade intercepted a Taryn Christian pass at the Penguins' 19-yard line to end an SDSU drive with 8:38 left. YSU then was able to end the game with an 8:38 drive. Overall he four total tackles, including three solo stops. The INT was the first of his YSU career.

The No. 3 Penguins are back in action this Saturday when they visit sixth-ranked South Dakota.