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Second Half Outburst Pushes San Diego Past Valpo
Warren Arnold scored from a yard out to tie the game at halftime.
Warren Arnold scored from a yard out to tie the game at halftime.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Box Score

                San Diego scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half to break open a tie game on the way to defeating Valparaiso 42-14 on Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Calif.  The Crusaders tied the game 14-14 at halftime, but was unable to get the offense moving in the second half.

                Valpo took the opening kickoff and slowly and methodically moved it down field.  A 12-play, 70-yard drive, all on the ground, put the Crusaders on the scoreboard.  Five different ball carries shouldered the load, keyed by a 28-yard scamper by John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.).  Jake Riedel (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee H.S.) scored down through left tackle from three yards out to open the scoring.

                San Diego quickly responded in just five plays.  A 29-yard touchdown strike over the middle from Sebastian Trujillo to Ben Hannula tied the contest at seven with 6:17 to play in the first quarter.

                Following a Valparaiso interception that set the Toreros up in Crusader territory, the Valpo defense stiffened.  San Diego drove to the three, only to be stuffed on a fourth-and-one by the interior of the Crusader line.

                Valpo was forced to punt on the second play of the second quarter, but Laurence Treadaway (Detroit, Mich./Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s H.S.) stripped the ball from Hannula on the return and JaVon Welch (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills H.S.) fell on it for the Crusaders at the San Diego 42-yard line.  This time it was San Diego’s defense that stopped Valpo on a fourth-and-one at the Torero 33.

                Both teams defense stepped up in the second quarter, with the Crusaders forcing San Diego to miss a field goal midway through the quarter to keep the game knotted at seven.  The hosts took the lead just before halftime as Hannula connected down the right sideline with Godfrey Smith on a wide receiver pass for a 37-yard touchdown with 1:18 to play to give the Toreros a 14-7 lead.

                The Crusader two minute offense took over starting with a Warren Arnold (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) scramble for a first down on a third-and-13.  He then completed an 18-yard pass to Ryan Myers (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) down to the San Diego 27 with under 30 seconds to play.  Another completion to Desmond Lewis (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) at the half-yard line with just three seconds left gave Valpo a first and goal.  Arnold then dove over the top of the line for a touchdown with no time remaining to tie the game at 14 at the half.

                Valpo finished the first half with 186 total yards, 145 of which were on the ground compared with San Diego’s 247 total yards.

                “Our players came out and played hard, fast, and executed in the first 30 minutes,” head coach Stacy Adams said. 

                San Diego scored quickly to start the second half, needed just 2:01 out of the break.  Trujillo found John Matthews between defenders down the middle of the field for a 47-yard touchdown pass, putting the Toreros back on top by seven.

                After the Crusaders went three-and-out, the Toreros moved down field again, and a two-yard run by Matt Jelmini put San Diego in front 28-14 with 6:10 to play in the third quarter.

                Just before the end of the quarter, Sean Dillon (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mount Carmel H.S.) forced a fumble, and then recovered it at the Toreros 35-yard line.  The Crusaders moved down field, all the way to the one-yard line before two penalties set them back.  On fourth-and-goal from the five, Arnold’s pass to Lewis misfired and San Diego took over on downs with 9:47 to play.

                “San Diego scored early in the second half and we didn’t get the score we needed early in the fourth, or it would have been a different ball game,” added Adams.  “The score was no indication of the way the game was played.”

                Jelmini moved the Toreros from the shadow of their own goal line with an 88-yard run, setting up a first-and-goal.  Three plays later, Vincent Atofau scored from a yard out to build a 35-14 lead with 7:42 to play.  San Diego added one more touchdown with 3:44 to play on a 35-yard pass from Trujillo to Matthews on a third-and-31 play.

                Arnold finished the game as the team’s leading rusher with 84 yards on 16 carries.  Valpo had 201 yards rushing on the day and 260 yards of total offense.

                San Diego (5-0, 2-0 PFL) finished the game with 578 yards of total offense, including 332 through the air.  Trujillo completed 20-of-25 passes including three touchdowns.  Matthews had seven catches for 144 yards and two scores while Jelmini had seven carries for 130 yards and one touchdown.

                Valparaiso (1-3, 0-1) will return home next Saturday afternoon for its annual Homecoming game as the Crusaders host Davidson.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. with all the action carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

 

Game Notes: San Diego leads the series 11-5 … when Valpo stopped San Diego on fourth down in the first quarter, it was the first failed fourth down conversion in eight attempts this season for the Toreros … Valpo is now 5-11 all-time in Pioneer Football League openers … Arnold had 143 yards of total offense in the game moving into seventh place all-time on the career total offense list with 3,724 total yards.

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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 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 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
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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
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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
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