YSU defense improving in second scrimmage

The Youngstown State football team held a scrimmage that lasted just over 100 plays, more than half dealing specifically with third-down situations on a Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. It was the second major scrimmage of the spring for the Penguins.

YSU opened the workout with 33 plays of moving the ball before the next 18 consisted of work in the the Red Zone. From there, the Guins went to work on third downs with 13 four-play sequences before closing out the practice with two four-minute situations.

In the moving-the-ball segment, quarterback Ricky Davis had a nift 17-yard scamper, linebacker Travis Williams had two pass breakups, Kevin Cyler had a pass breakup, Jody Webb busted of a 29-yard jaunt and Christian Bryan took a reverse 13 yards to highlight the segment. Webb had eight carries for 47 yards in the first half of the scrimmage to lead the ball carries.

In the red zone, the offense scored two touchdowns while the defense hyeld on the four other possessions. The touchdowns came on a 20-yard pass from Nick Wargo to Sidney Sandidge while Brad Good took an improvised option pitch five yards for a score on a pitch from Tanner Garry. Senior placekicker Joey Cejudo came on to kick field goals of 25 and 42 yards following good snaps by Nathan Gibbs and placements by Dante Nania.

YSU started the first two third-down sessions featuring three short-yardage plays followed by two 4th-and-1 plays. On the first fourth down, Demond Hymes was stopped for no gain, while the offense converted on its second opportunity.

The next 11 sequences featured third-and-seven, eight, nine and 10. The defense had most of the success in those plays. Garry found a rhythm midway through the session converting four straight at one point and five of six.

On the second-to-last series, Garry threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Christian Bryan from 35 yards out on third-and-8. That was the lone conversion in the final 13 third-down plays of the afternoon.

Sandidge capped off the scrimmage with a long scoring run during the final four-minute sequence. The Guins practice Tuesday and Thursday this week and have just five practices left this spring.

Courtesy: YSU Sports Information

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