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Offense dominates, 46-11



Published: Fri, August 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



By PETE MOLLICA

VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF

YOUNGSTOWN -- The final score was 46-11 in favor of the offense, but the only jersey scrimmage of Youngstown State's fall football practice was a lot closer than that.

With the victory, the offense will take control of the red practice jerseys for the remainder of the 2005 season. The defense had held those jerseys for all of 2004 plus this spring.

When the No. 1 offense played against the No. 1 defense, it was a real battle and the offense only scored once.

Freshman tailback Jabari Scott from San Antonio put on a show in the second half and led the way in rushing yardage with 112 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

"He's pretty good, isn't he?" YSU coach Jon Heacock said. "We saw a lot of those things while we were recruiting him last season.

Heacock pleased

"Overall I was pleased with the scrimmage, but again when you scrimmage against yourself you will always have good on one side and bad on the other," Heacock said.

"We didn't have a turnover and that was good for the offense, although that meant the defense didn't force any turnovers," Heacock said. "We were playing without a lot of kids who were injured, but it also gave a lot of other players a chance to get some more reps out there.

"I know our defensive line has to be pretty tired tonight because they were on the field an awful lot today because of the injures we've had there," Heacock said.

In all, there were 11 players who didn't take part in the scrimmage who have all had playing experience or were expected to play key roles this year.

Defenders missing

Three defensive linemen -- senior Brandon Brown, junior Jim Phelan and sophomore Greg Jacobs -- along with linebackers Joe Juby and Maurice Smith-Davis sat out the scrimmage.

Smith-Davis, who just reported to camp after summer school, was not injured but had to complete his five days of fitness work.

The offense was without three probable starters on the line in senior Pat Walker, sophomore Tyler Booth and sophomore Josh Tanner, along with tight ends senior Shawn Carlson and redshirt freshman Chris Kenney.

Carlson is hoping to return to action soon after being diagnosed with high blood pressure, which he says the doctors have under control.

The offense scored four touchdowns, two each by Scott and senior Josh Cayson.

Cayson scores twice

Cayson, who finished with 43 yards on nine carries had a 17-yard touchdown run and caught a 26-yard scoring pass from sophomore quarterback Vince Gliatta on a wide-open throwback play.

Scott scored the scrimmage's first touchdown on a 26-yard scamper. His second score came on the final drive of the session when he ignited an 80 yard drive getting 70 of the 80 yards on eight carries and a 1-yard score.

Sophomore starting quarterback Tom Zetts of Boardman hit on 6-of-10 passes for 88 yards while Gliatta was 5-of-11 for 76 yards and freshman Todd Rowan of LaBrae was 1-of-2 for 10 yards.

Redshirt freshman kicker Brian Palmer of Mineral Ridge booted 6-of-11 field goals including a pair from 42 yards out during a post-scrimmage kicking session.

Freshman Halley Ferrell of DeLand, Fla., booted a 40-yard field goal during the scrimmage and also had one of 47 yards in the kicking session.

The Penguins will practice once today at 2:25 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium and then hold a double session on Saturday at 8:40 a.m. and 3:05 p.m.

mollica@vindy.com




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