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Horton and Arnold Help Valpo Run Past Saint Francis
Jeff Horton rushed for 167 yards and three TDs in Valpo's win.
Jeff Horton rushed for 167 yards and three TDs in Valpo's win.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

 Final Stats 

                Jeff Horton (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran North H.S.) and Warren Arnold  (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) combined to rush for 339 yards and four touchdowns as Valparaiso opened the 2007 season with a 28-21 victory over Saint Francis (Ill.) at Brown Field on Saturday afternoon.

                 Horton carried 26 times for 167 yards and three scores while also catching four passes for 73 yards, while moving into ninth place on the Crusaders’ all-time scoring list with 156 career points.  Arnold, starting for just the second time in his collegiate career, rushed for 172 yards on 20 carries while also completing 10-of-16 passes for 130 yards.

                 The Fighting Saints struck first just 2:51 into the new campaign as Sean Hughes caught a three-yard touchdown pass from John Goolsby.  Valpo answered on its ensuing possession, though.  A 30-yard completing from Arnold to Horton set the Crusaders up at the Saint Francis 22, and four plays later Horton scored on a four-yard run.

                 Late in the opening quarter the Fighting Saints scored again, as Javon Stewart scored from seven yards out.  Again the Crusaders responded on the next possession.  An 11-play, 60-yard drive was capped by Horton’s six-yard run with 11:28 to play in the second, and the Crusaders and Fighting Saints eventually went into the locker room tied at 14.

                  Valpo scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter.  Horton’s 1-run run at the 10:48 mark of the third put the Crusaders in front for the first time on the afternoon.  After a 3-and-out by the Brown and Gold’s defense, Valpo marched 80 yards in eight plays, capped by an eight-yard run from Arnold, giving the Crusaders a 28-14 lead.

                 Saint Francis (0-1) cut the deficit in half early in the third quarter as Goolsby found Hughes again, this time from seven yards out with 12:17 remaining.  The Fighting Saints were threatening to tie the game late, with a first-and-goal from the Valpo eight inside of three minutes.  A fumble by Jeremiah Jobe was recovered by David Wright (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville H.S.), allowing Valpo to take over.  Arnold and Horton each had runs of more than 30 yards in the final drive, as the Crusaders ran out the clock to wrap up their third straight season-opening victory.

                 “Credit needs to go to both of our lines, the offensive and defensive,” head coach Stacy Adams said afterwards.  “They helped us earn this victory with their outstanding play.”

                 Valpo finished the game with 505 yards of total offense, including 389 yards on the ground.  Saint Francis was held to just 254 total yards, including seven tackles for loss.  Goolsby led the Fighting Saints with 186 yards passing, including 66 to Hughes.

                 Defensively, Matt Watkins (Mason, Ohio/Mason H.S.) led the way with eight tackles and a fumble recovery for the Brown and Gold while Clayton Norberg had 13 stops, including 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage.  He also forced a pair of fumbles and recovered one loose ball.

                 Valparaiso (1-0) will look for its second straight win next Saturday as the Crusaders head to Deerfield, Ill. to battle Trinity International.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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