Big Plays Highlight Final Scrimmage of Fall Camp

Charles Baldwin and Sherief Bynum (Photo by Derek Skinner)
Charles Baldwin and Sherief Bynum (Photo by Derek Skinner)

The Youngstown State football team held their final scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. Both the offense and defense stepped up to make big plays during the two-hour practice.

QB Montgomery VanGorder engineered a pair of touchdown drives during the workout. On the first drive of the full-contact portion of the scrimmage, he led an impressive eight-play, 75-yard march for a score. VanGorder scored on a keeper around the left side for an 11-yard touchdown. Later in the scrimmage he found Jermiah Braswell on a 50-yard scoring toss. Braswell made a great grab as VanGorder put the ball just over his outside shoulder.

The offense's other scoring play came on 22-yard pass from QB Joe Craycraft to Ryan Emans. That score capped off a six-play, 70-yard scoring drive.

The defense forced four interceptions during the workout. Alec Burzynski and DeMarko Craig Jr. each picked off Jayden Cunningham while Terray Bryant and LaQuan White intercepted Craycraft. Craig's interception came on a tipped pass by Antonie Cook at the line of scrimmage. 

In the offensive statisical categories, Braxton Chapman led the running backs with 68 yards on six carries while Devon McNutt had 12 yards on five carries and Randy Smith Jr. had 12 on two attempts. Starter Tevin McCaster did not play in the scrimmage and backup Christian Turner played in just two series.

Samuel St. Surin led the receivers with three catches for 43 yards while Braswell had two catches for 80 yards and a score while Emans had two grabs for 32 yards and a TD. The quarterbacks did a good job to feature all the wide outs as nine caught passes as did a pair of tight ends.

VanGorder completed 7-of-14 for 125 yards and a touchdown while Craycraft was 7-of-14 for 102 yards with a TD. Cunningham finished 2-of-6 for 16 yards.

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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