The 2015 football season came to a close Saturday with Valpo falling to Jacksonville, 58-13 at D.B. Milne Field in Florida. Scott Staal connected with Ryan Dugan for an 11-yard score for a Crusader touchdown. Jacob Newman was 2-for-2 on field goals, splitting the uprights on attempts from 33 and 39 yards.
The 2015 football season comes to a close Saturday afternoon in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville welcomes Valpo to D.B. Milne Field for the first time since 2009. A team-high 22 Crusaders hail from the state of Florida.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini and broadcaster Todd Ickow sat down Monday for the final edition of the Valpo Football Preview. The two reviewed the Crusaders' effort versus Morehead State, the play of freshman receiver Jean Rene, and what lies ahead in the Sunshine State on Saturday.
Jarrett Morgan's rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter erased a Morehead State lead that had reached 14 points at one juncture, but Eagles quarterback Austin Gahafer and wide receiver Jake Raymond teamed up for a late score as Valpo fell 36-29 at Brown Field on Saturday. Crusader quarterback Scott Staal set career highs in completions (32) and yards (337) in his final home game with the Brown and Gold.
Thirteen seniors will emerge from the Brown Field tunnel for the final time this Saturday when the Crusaders welcome Morehead State to town for the 2015 home finale. Senior linebacker Alex Green needs just four stops for his third consecutive 100-tackle season as the Brown and Gold look to avenge last season’s 48-47 heartbreaking loss to the Eagles in Morehead.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow chatted Monday during this week's installment of Valpo Football Preview. The two discussed this team's youth, Scott Staal's surging stock, and a vastly-improved Morehead State squad.
Freshman Griffin Norberg snagged a 26-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of Saturday's game, but Butler QB Matt Shiltz accounted for four TDs while the Bulldog defense tallied a pair of pick-6s to defeat the Crusaders, 42-21. The Brown and Gold return to Valparaiso for their home finale next Saturday versus Morehead State.
One of the biggest rivalries in FCS football reignites Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis. The Hoosier Helmet is on the line as Valpo and Butler clash yet again in a fierce intrastate matchup. Last year, the Brown and Gold returned the iconic trophy to Northwest Indiana following a six-year hiatus.
Junior Grayson Bastin was named to the 2015-16 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team on Thursday. Bastin, a biology major, owns a 3.70 grade point average in the classroom. On the field, the running back averages 4.9 yards per carry for the Crusader offense.