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Valpo Falls to Drake in Home Finale

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Despite record-setting days from Jeff Horton (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran North H.S.) and Andrew McCawley (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep), Valparaiso could not overcome Drake's offensive attack, as the Crusaders fell 49-24 to the Bulldogs on a mild, overcast Saturday afternoon in the home finale at Brown Field.

Horton registered 227 yards on the ground Saturday, his third effort of at least 200 yards this season. With a 49-yard carry in the late stages of the first quarter, Horton surpassed Dave Newnam's single-season rushing record, set in 1977. Horton has now rushed for 1172 yards on the season, and also broke Newnam's single-season record for carries.

McCawley broke the Valpo record for extra points in a career with his third PAT of the game, giving him 82 PATs. The previous mark was 81, set by Norman Arnold from 1949-1952. The senior kicker has recorded 151 points for his career, ranking eighth on Valpo's all-time scoring list.

The Bulldogs started the scoring early, as Scott Phaydavong finished a three-play drive with a 24-yard touchdown run. Valpo responded on its next possession, controlling the ball for over five minutes before Horton found his way in the end zone from three yards out. After the teams traded punts, Phaydavong scored on a 27-yard run to put Drake up 14-7.

Connor Jostes threw a five-yard pass to Tyler Putnam to cap off a 14-play, 98-yard drive for the Bulldogs in the second quarter, giving Drake a two-touchdown lead. The Crusaders answered with a 25-yard field goal by McCawley, cutting the lead to 11.

Putnam took an end-around on Drake's next possession and scored from 43 yards out late in the second quarter. Valpo immediately responded, as Horton scampered 53 yards on the Brown and Gold's next play from scrimmage to cut the halftime deficit to 28-17.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a Valpo fumble on the three-yard line to kick off the second half scoring, as Jostes scored on a quarterback keeper from two yards. After a Crusader punt, Michael Bialas found his way in the end zone on a one-yard carry for Drake.

The Crusaders proceeded to march down the field on their next drive, using 19 plays and 8:40 to find the back of the end zone on a five-yard TD pass from Warren Arnold (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) to Horton, marking Arnold's first touchdown pass of his career. Jostes threw his second touchdown pass of the game to cap off the scoring.

Horton finished the game with 292 total yards and three touchdowns for Valpo, while Arnold was 10-for-12 through the air for 95 yards. Senior receiver Joe Blahowicz (Buffalo, N.Y./Alden H.S./Erie CC) contributed 46 yards receiving. Phaydavong racked up 175 yards rushing for the Bulldogs (5-4, 2-2 PFL). Jostes finished the game 11-for-19 with 217 yards passing in the winning effort, spreading the ball around to eight different receivers. Defensively, senior linebacker Brandon Sturman (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood H.S.) led Valpo, registering ten tackles. Senior James Riker (Tekonsha, Mich./Tekonsha H.S.) added 1.5 sacks for the Crusaders.

20 Crusader seniors were recognized prior to the game as they took the field for their last appearance at Brown Field. They finish their careers with an 11-13 mark at home, including a win in the 2003 Pioneer Football League championship game.

Valparaiso (2-8, 1-3 PFL) closes out the 2005 campaign next Saturday afternoon, traveling to Aurora to take on the Spartans. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, or online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay