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Youngstown State's Annual Spring Game: Red vs. White Recap

Sep 17, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Youngstown State Penguins quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw (10) hands the ball off to running back Jaleel McLaughlin (8) during the first quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field.
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As Youngstown State concludes its Annual Spring Game, the event serves as a pivotal juncture, offering a firsthand glimpse into the team's progress and setting the stage for the anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming season.


In a riveting display of talent and strategy, Youngstown State's Annual Spring Game pitted the Red squad against the White in a highly anticipated matchup. This comprehensive recap delves into every aspect of the game, from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. With a keen eye on standout plays and emerging stars, we unravel the game's narrative and explore its implications for the Penguins as they prepare for the upcoming season.


Youngstown State's Annual Spring Game Summary

In the annual spring game, the White team emerged victorious with a 21-7 win over the Red team. The game kicked off with an early highlight as the White team's senior tailback, Ethan Wright, seized an opportunity, returning a muffed punt 40 yards for a touchdown. Building on their momentum, the White team continued to dominate in the second quarter. Redshirt freshman quarterback Max Blanc orchestrated an impressive drive, culminating in a 30-yard touchdown pass to Joey Farthing. Blanc's leadership propelled the White team to a commanding 21-0 lead. However, the Red team mounted a comeback effort in the second quarter. Led by redshirt freshman quarterback Bryce Schondelmyer, they orchestrated a methodical 10-play, 75-yard drive. Sophomore Luke Hensley sealed the drive's success with a 24-yard touchdown reception on fourth down, putting the Red team on the scoreboard.


Turning Point

Amid the game, a pivotal moment emerged that shifted the momentum decisively in favor of the White team. This turning point unfolded during a crucial drive, marked by a 61-yard, 9-play showcase of offensive prowess. Spearheading the charge was quarterback Beau Brungard, who demonstrated his dual-threat capabilities by rushing for 26 yards and completing two pivotal passes. Brungard's precision found sophomore Max Tomczak for a 20-yard gain and connected with Joey Farthing for another 12 yards, cementing the White team's offensive dominance. From this juncture onward, the White team seized control of the game, solidifying their lead and ultimately securing victory.




Play of Game

Amidst the action-packed contest, one play stood out as the defining moment of the game. Redshirt freshman Max Blanc, displaying composure beyond his years, orchestrated a pivotal play that shifted the game's dynamics. With precision and determination, Blanc connected with Farthing, on a 30-yard touchdown pass. This remarkable display of teamwork and skill not only extended the White team's lead but also showcased Blanc's potential as a rising star on the field. The electrifying touchdown propelled the White team to a commanding 21-0 advantage, leaving an indelible mark on the game's outcome.


Winning MVP - White Team

Offensive

Bryce Schondelmyer, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound redshirt freshman from Springfield, Ohio, completed 5 of 7 passes for 58 yards and one passing touchdown.


Defensive

Bryson Hobbs, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound freshman, recorded one sack.


Losing MVP - Red Team

Offensive

Brady Shannon, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore from Youngstown, Ohio, had 10 rushes for 52 yards.


Defensive

Keon Freeman, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior from Whitefield, Ohio, recorded a sack.



Interpreting the Spring Game: What It Signifies for YSU's Season Ahead

As the dust settles from the Spring Game, it's evident that Youngstown State University's defense showcased exceptional prowess, foreshadowing a promising season ahead. With formidable performances on the field, the defense emerges as a potential cornerstone of the team's success. While the offense displayed glimpses of potential, particularly in the passing game, there remains ample room for improvement. Overall, the Spring Game offers a tantalizing preview of what lies ahead for coach Doug Phillips and the Penguins, with the defense poised to lead the charge in the upcoming season. The Penguins' journey begins with a challenging opener against Villanova on August 13th, setting the stage for an exciting campaign ahead.



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