The Youngstown State football team concluded the earliest spring football session in school history with a 95-minute scrimmage on Friday afternoon at the WATTS.
The offense, defense and the special teams had good showings during the workout.
Offensively, tailback London Pearson scored on two short touchdown runs to lead the offense. Pearson had the first touchdown of the scrimmage on a four-yard carry before later adding a three-yard run.
The quarterbacks had some impressive deep throws. Newcomer Montgomery VanGorder hit Samuel St. Surin on a 66-yard scoring toss. Joe Craycraft hit Colby Cooper on a deep touchdown throw as Cooper made a nice adjustment on the play. VanGorder connected on another deep scoring strike this time to Kendric Mallory. Nathan Mays found Jermiah Braswell on a long touchdown toss as well.
VanGorder tossed a third touchdown pass from 10 yards out late in the scrimmage.
Highlighting the defensive effort was an interception on a deep throw by Kyle Hegedus. Reserve defensive tackle Steven Pappadakes recovered a pair of fumbles on arrant snaps on back-to-back plays. The quarterbacks wore black jerseys and could not be tackled.
Punt returner Jake Coates had a nifty 30-yard return on the first punt of the scrimmage.
YSU opens the 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 vs. Butler at Stambaugh Stadium. Season tickets for the upcoming season are available by calling the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978. Follow YSU Football on Twitter and Instagram @YoungstownStFB.