Youngstown State is looking toward the future, while improving on the past. After a 28-10 season opening victory over Dayton, it’s time to focus on game number two, Morehead State.
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“We can’t underestimate them,” senior running back Torrian Pace said. “We have to come out Saturday like it’s a championship game, last game of the season, and give it our all.”
That’s something that head coach Eric Wolford feels his Penguins’ didn’t do last week.
“We didn’t do a very job of executing at some key times during that game, and that’s why it ended up being a close football game,” Wolford said. “Our defense played well and bailed us out.”
The defensive unit allowed just 75 rushing yards and forced the Flyers to punt eight times. The unit also recorded a pair of interceptions, two sacks, five tackles for loss, and a key 4th quarter defensive stand that secured the victory, when Ali Cheaib recorded a key interception.
“A defensive stand like that can change the whole outcome of a game. It can really deflate an offense,” defensive end Kyle Sirl explained. It can really pick your offense up and say here, the defense did this, let’s make it worth it and put in the end zone.”
That’s something the Penguins did four times, but they also committed four turnovers.
“I don’t like to see the ball turned over,” Eric Wolford said. “We can’t have turnovers and win football games. We saw last October what happens when we turn the football over. We have to take care of the football. I think I made the point clear after the game, it’s not acceptable to go out there and play like that, specifically on offense. If we want to have success in the future, it’s not a matter of who we play, we have to go out and execute.”