KENT — In terms of the college football calendar, spring is the time of year to feel good about your team.

Good vibes were floating all around sun-drenched Dix Stadium on Saturday, when Kent State held its second Spring Game under coach Sean Lewis pitting his offense against his defense.

The Golden Flashes offense was stoked after scoring six touchdowns and producing several big plays.

The defense was pleased about forcing two turnovers and stopping the offense on 12 of the first 15 drives.

Lewis was thrilled with the energy and workmanlike approach his Flashes took to the scrimmage, which they used to show themselves and fans how far they've come since last spring.

“Last year's Spring Game was more of an open practice, because we didn't have the depth at certain positions to go 11-on-11,” Lewis said. “To able to hold an actual scrimmage and get this number of 11-on-11 reps was great for the fans, great for the team, and helps us go forward and take the next step in this program.

"We ran 116 plays in a little over an hour and 15 minutes of work. We'll take that pace. Great effort, great attitude, great weather. Really good day all around.”

Kent State's offense scored six touchdowns, and five different players reached the end zone.

Senior running back Jo-El Shaw led the way with two scores, and finished with 109 yards rushing on 12 carries. He gained about 60 of those yards on a three-play drive that was all him.

“I give all that credit to the offensive line. Those holes were definitely big and wide,” Shaw said.

Shaw closed last season by eclipsing 100 yards in three of his last four games. He's dropped about 10 pounds during the offseason, but is still a powerful back at 226 pounds.

“Last year was a tough experience for me. I was used to being the guy, and when I came here and wasn't the guy there was a big step I had to take in my maturation process,” he said. “I finished out strong, just trusted in the offensive line and the coaches that we were going to get the job done.

"I know I have talent, and it showed at the end of the season. Now people are going to expect me to make plays, so I'm trying to take on a bigger role and continue be the best I can be for my team.”

Junior quarterback Woody Barrett also established himself as a player to be feared in the Mid-American Conference last season, and is much more comfortable running Kent State's up-tempo offensive attack in year two. Barrett completed 13-of-21 passes for 119 yards and two scores while directing the Flashes' first-team offense against the team's top defenders.

Barrett's first touchdown pass, a 9-yarder to redshirt freshman receiver Lon'kevious McFadden, was set up a by a bomb he threw on the run to senior wideout Kavious Price.

“I'm an athlete at the end of the day, mobile and versatile,” said the 6-2, 236-pound Barrett. “When I move outside the pocket I'm able to keep my eyes downfield and make throws. Good job [by Price] for not stopping his feet.”

Four different receivers caught touchdown passes, and three of them stand 6-foot-3 or taller — 6-4 McFadden (8 catches, 79 yards), 6-3 sophomore Isaiah McKoy (3-96) and 6-5 sophomore tight end Keenan Orr (4-22).

“To have some guys that can erase angles and finish the way an Isaiah Mckoy did when he caught that one post and turned it into a one-play [touchdown] drive, that's a nice benefit to have,” Lewis said.

The Flashes will close the spring with one final practice on Tuesday.