YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Red team jumped out to a 10-0 lead before holding off a late comeback bid by the White squad to earn a 10-7 win in the 44th annual Red-White Spring Football Game on a beautiful Friday night in front of 3,525 fans at Stambaugh Stadium.
The Red team opened the scoring with 4:37 left in the second quarter when Zak Kennedy kicked a 22-yard field goal after the white defense stopped a Red drive inside the 10-yard line.
The Red squad forced a turnover when Fazson Chapman recovered a white team fumble at the 36-yard line. Hunter Wells found Isiah Scott for a 32-yard gain down to the one-yard line. But on the next play, a fumbled handoff was recovered at the four-yard line.
After no touchdowns in the first 44 minutes, both teams found the end zone in a span of 40 seconds.
With 3:50 left in the contest, Ricky Davis found Scott down the sideline for a 67-yard touchdown reception.
Two plays later, the white team answered.
Nathan Mays completed a 35-yard pass to Joe Alessi to start the drive. On the next play, Mays scored on a 40-yard keeper with 3:10 left in the fourth.
The White defense forced a quick punt by the Red team before taking over at their own 40-yard line with 2:10 left. On the first play of the drive, Mays found Jody Webb for a 26-yard gain. Then Mays connected with I’tavious Harvin for 22 yards putting the White squad at the Red 17-yard line.
Alessi bolted for a gain of eight yards down to the nine-yard line but the Red defense stiffened. After no gain and an incompletion, Mays was stopped by Donald Mesier for no gain on the games final play.
Davis finished with 42 yards on nine carries, while Tevin McCaster had 25 yards on nine rushes. Mays completed 5-of-12 passes for 104 yards. Davis was 3-of-5 for 81 yards.
The Penguins open the 2016 season on Sept. 1 against Duquesne.