Penguins Have Solid Performance In First Major Fall Scrimmage

Braxton Chapman (Photo by Derek Skinner)
Braxton Chapman (Photo by Derek Skinner)

The Youngstown State football team held their first major scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning at Austintown Fitch High School. The Penguins' home is on loan for tonight's Florida Georgia Line concert at Stambaugh Stadium.

The offense and defense each made key plays during the 85-minute scrimmage on the new turf at Fitch High School.

The defense made the first key play when cornerback D.J. Smalls intercepted a Montgomery VanGorder pass and raced 50 yards for a pick six. 

After the inital two possessions, VanGorder settled down and looked impressive. After misfiring on his first five attempts, he compled nine of his next 11 passes, highlighted by a 32-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman tight end Miles Joiner. VanGorder finished the scrimmage with 127 yards passing and a score. He rushed for 56 yards on nine carries.

In brief action, Tevin McCaster showed he is in midseason form. McCaster had runs of 5, 10 and 30 yards playing just the first series of the scrimmage. 

Braxton Chapman had a strong day seeing the bulk of the carries. Chapman had eight carries for 115 yards and a score. 

Nathan Mays connected with TE Charles Reeves on a 73-yard scoring toss. After a three-and-out by the defense, Chapman busted a 75-yard run for a touchdown.

Zack Torbert led the wide receivers with four receptions for 85 yards. Torbert had a nifty one-hand snag for a 36-yard grab early in the scrimmage. Jake Cummings stepped up with four receptions for 35 yards. 

Curtis Parks was the top tackler finishing with eight tackles. Mike Nash, Ray Anderson and Chrispin Lee all finished with five stops each.

The Penguins open the 2018 season against Butler on Sept. 1 at Stambaugh Stadium. Season tickets and Penguin Club memberships for the upcoming campaign are available by contacting the YSU Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978.

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