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OHSAA accepting applications

AUSTINTOWN –The Ohio High School Athletic Association is accepting applications for track and field officials.

Anyone interested should log onto GYTOA.com and click on the officiating tab. For more information, contact BJ Duckworth at gytoa@yahoo.com.

YSU runs all over Missouri State

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Redshirt freshman running back Joe Alessi and the Youngstown State University football team showed in Saturday’s regular-season finale what the future may hold.

Alessi — South Range High School’s career rushing leader — scored his first two collegiate touchdowns and ran seven times for 190 yards in the Penguins’ 65-20 win over Missouri State at chilly Plaster Stadium.

Martiz Ruiz ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Jody Webb added 166 yards and two touchdowns as Youngstown State amassed 572 yards rushing and a school-record 747 yards of total offense.

Youngstown State (8-3, 6-2) tied for second place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference behind five-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State.

The Penguins are expected to host a playoff game next Saturday. The FCS Playoff Selection Show is set to air at 11 a.m. today on ESPNU.

Ruiz scored from 3 yards out and again from a yard out in the first quarter. He broke a 94-yard touchdown run in the second. Webb scored on runs of 52 and 53 yards.

With the Penguins leading 51-17 in the fourth quarter, Alessi — who entered the game with four rushes for 33 yards this season — was given a chance to show what he could do.

Brodie Lambert was 18 of 34 for 197 yards and two touchdowns for Missouri State (4-7, 2-6).

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