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Valpo's Rally Comes Up Short on Homecoming

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Valparaiso scored 21 fourth quarter points but it was not enough to overcome a 32-0 halftime lead by Saint Joseph's (Ind.) as the Crusaders dropped their annual Homecoming game 34-21 on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.

The Pumas found the end zone just 41 seconds into the game, as Valpo fumbled on its first play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Greg Ford rushed in from four yards out. Michael Binder's extra point attempt was blocked by Doug Howard (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy H.S.).

The Crusader offense struggled in the first quarter, and Saint Joseph's found the end zone again with 4:06 left. Anthony Lindsey threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Austin Capi and again Howard blocked the try for point.

The Pumas made it 19-0 before the end of the quarter when Lindsey connected with Dan Paulsen from 70 yards out with 1:36 left in the quarter. Another Crusader turnover set up a Kevin Marurice 3-yard run that gave the Pumas a 26-point lead just four seconds into the second quarter.

Saint Joseph's scored one more time before intermission on a 26-yard pass from Lindsey to Julius Taylor. Josh Bintzler (Sheboygan, Wis./Lutheran H.S.) blocked the kick this time but it was 32-0 at the half.

After the two schools played a scoreless third quarter, Valpo's offense came to life in the fourth. Ryan Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia H.S.) hooked up with Dustin Shamburg (Denver, Colo./Overland H.S.) for an 11-yard touchdown strike to cap off a 10-play drive with 12:39 left in the game.

Valpo struck again with 4:30 left as Pete Karamitos (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) caught a three-yard pass from Doerffler for his first career touchdown. Jeff Horton (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran North H.S.) then connected with Steve Ogden (Wauwatosa, Wis./West H.S.) on a half-back pass for the two-point conversion to make it 32-15.

On the Brown and Gold's next possession, Valpo went 52 yards in six plays capped off by a two-yard run by Horton to close to within 11. The Crusaders again went for two, however Cory Sanders picked off the pass and returned it 100 yards for two points for the Pumas.

Valpo finished the game with 301 total yards, including 236 through the air as Doerffler was 19-of-36. Joe Blahowicz (Buffalo, N.Y./Alden H.S.) caught five passes for 78 yards while Wade Overton (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North H.S.) hauled in six passes for 60 yards.

On the ground, Horton carried for just 44 yards on 16 carries to lead the Crusader ground attack.

Lindsey was 12-of-20 for 292 yards through the air for Saint Joseph's (4-3) while Paulsen had three catches for 103 yards. Maurice led the ground game with 52 yards on just six carries, as eight different Pumas carried the football.

Defensively, Mike Jones (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich H.S.) made ten stops for the Crusaders, forced a fumble, recovered two others, and broke up a pass to lead the way. Jones has now recovered four fumbles on the season. Valpo forced four Saint Joseph's turnovers, but committed four of their own.

Valparaiso (1-5) will look to snap its five-game losing skid next Saturday as the Crusaders open Pioneer Football League North Division play in Indianapolis against Butler. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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