The Youngstown State football team concluded spring football with an impressive effort on a beautiful Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium.
The defense ended up with a 27-24 victory over the offense in the first spring contest held since 2016. YSU played seven games last spring and followed that up with 10 contests in the fall.
On a sunny day, the back-and-forth scrimmage figured key plays by both sides of the football.
The offense found the end zone with a nifty three-play, 65-yard drive. Dra Rushton opened the possession with a nine-yard carry before catching a 46-yard pass from wide receiver C.J. Charleston. Rushton capped off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run.
At the end of the first half, Crenshaw was able to get some points for the offense. On the drive he found Bryce Oliver for 30 yards and when the drive stalled, Colt McFadden came on to drill a 43-yard field goal.
In the two-minute drill segment, the offense produced a quick touchdown. Crenshaw found Randy Smith for a 36-yard pick up. On third down, Smith found some daylight and scored on a 16-yard run.
Reserve quarterback Mitch Davidson led a touchdown drive in the second half. On the drive, Davidson connected with Tre Radford for 16 yards and Nate Damron for 17 yards. Dante Walker added a 23-yard rush moving the offense deep into defense territory. The drive was capped when Davidson found Chase Glover-Rodgers for 10-yard scoring toss.
The offense added a later score when Caleb Mitchell scored on nine-yard run. Mitchell had and 18-yard run on the drive while reserve QB Brandon Alexander had gains of 11 and 12 yards.
YSU returns to practice in August with the season opener set for Sept. 3 against Duquesne.