Local products get back on field

YOUNGSTOWN – It had been a while since Youngstown State University fans, and fans who follow Mahoning Valley football, saw two local products on the field at Stambaugh Stadium.

Both Warren G. Harding graduate Demond Hymes and Ursuline alum Dale Peterman had yet to play in the 2013 season due to injuries. Hymes was out with an ankle injury and Peterman sat out the first three games with a knee injury.

In Saturday’s 59-17 victory over Duquesne, both local products got back into the action.

Peterman got the start at cornerback against the Dukes. He finished the day with four tackles and a pass breakup.

“It felt good, I’d waited a long time to get back there on that field,” Peterman said. “This week I really got back into practice, got back into the swing of things. I was a little rusty out there, but things started to feel a little better in the second half.”

Hymes, who was slated to be the starting running back this season before the injury occurred, only saw time toward the end of the game, when most of the starters were pulled out. He had two carries for 7 yards.

The problem now for Hymes is that the Penguins have a plethora of running backs at their disposal. Torrian Pace got the start Saturday and finished with 66 yards and freshman Martin Ruiz has caught fire as of late, finishing with 65 yards and three touchdowns against the Dukes.

Though there now seems to be a full stable in the backfield, YSU coach Eric Wolford knows Hymes will be important to the Penguins, especially with conference play starting next week.

“He’s getting some time, but some other guys have stepped up and played well,” Wolford said. “We’ve got a full backfield back there and it’s hard to keep them all happy. It was good to finally get him in there so that way he knows that he’s back to full strength. Demond is a guy we are going to need for the stretch, no doubt about it.”

HESS AND THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior quarterback Kurt Hess had a season-best game on Saturday, passing for 292 yards (15 of 25) and two touchdowns. He was 8 yards away from his second 300-yard game of his career.

With his performance, Hess is now closer to taking over more records at YSU. He now has 593 completions, which is 61 completions away from taking over the career mark from Tom Zetts (654). Also, Hess is close breaking Zetts’ career passing yards record. Hess now has 7,465 yards and needs 178 yards to claim the accolade.

He did move up to second all-time in career passing attempts, over taking Trenton Lykes.

BACK TO HIS OLD WAYS: Wide receiver Christian Bryan has been a go-to for Hess in every game of his collegiate career. Since beginning his career at YSU, Bryan had caught a pass in every game – that was up to the Michigan State game last week.

This week, Bryan was back to his old ways. Hess found the junior on the first offensive play of the game – a 15-yard strike. Bryan finished the day with three catches for 43 yards.

  • UP NEXT:?The Penguins begin Missouri Valley Football Conference play Saturday when they take on Southern Illinois.

Last season, the Penguins lost to the Salukis, 38-21.