Tale of the Tape: Youngstown State vs Eastern Washington


After downing North Dakota State, James Madison has secured a spot in the finals. Tonight is the other half, YSU takes on Eastern Washington. We’re going to delve a little deeper into this bout.

Youngstown State

Seniors to watch:

Derek Rivers (DE)

Rivers is as dynamic as they come rushing the passer, and sits at 38 career sacks. He has pro tangibles, and has spent the year making most Offensive Tackles look silly.

Avery Moss (DE)

Rivers partner is crime is Avery Moss. Moss is a Nebraska transfer, with with 17 career sacks. This has been his best season so far, and he has added 9.5 to his total.

Jody Webb (RB)

Webb has been nothing short of dynamic throughout his career. His stats are currently: 3,117 rushing yards, 758 receiving yards and 33 total touchdowns. EWU will have to attempt to contain Webb to win today.

David Rivers, Nate Dortch, and Leroy Alexander (DB’s)

This YSU secondary will be tasked with slowing down the high powered EWU passing offense.

Eastern Washington

Seniors to watch:

Cooper Kupp (WR)

You can’t mention Eastern Washington without saying Kupp’s name. He holds a gaudy amount of statistical records, and has amassed 6,284 receiving yards and 71 touchdowns. The offense will go through him.

Kendrick Bourne (WR)

The second receiving option is Bourne, who has been fantastic in his own right. He has 3,016 career receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. YSU will be forced to maintain airtight coverage all game.

Keys to the Success

Youngstown State

·Don’t let this turn into a shootout-EWU has too many weapons

·Discipline in both coverage and rushing lanes-EWU QB Gage Gabrud can hurt you with his feet as well

·Get Jody Webb rolling early and pound the rock-Time of possession and defense is how YSU punches their ticket to the finals

Eastern Washington

·Get the ball out quick-a recipe for disaster is letting Gabrud hold the ball too long with Moss and Rivers trying to crash

·Stopping the run-Webb is YSU’s biggest threat. Mitigate him and make YSU QB Hunter Wells beat you through the air

·Feed the monster-Get Kupp the ball early and often. He’s proven almost impossible to stop.




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