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Butler Rallies to Down Valpo 23-14
Zac Griffin had his first career interception. (Ray Acevedo)
Zac Griffin had his first career interception. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Eli Crawford (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee H.S.) returned an interception for a touchdown and Valparaiso took a lead into the fourth quarter on Saturday afternoon for the first time this season, but Butler rallied with two touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to defeat the Crusaders 23-14 at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.

With the win, the Bulldogs retain the Hoosier Helmet, the traveling trophy that goes to the winner of this rivalry game.

“Butler is a good football team,” head coach Stacy Adams said afterwards.  “They are one of the best teams in the league.  We played hard but we made some key mistakes in key situations today that you just can’t make against good teams.”

The Crusader defense kept the Brown and Gold in the football game, limiting the Pioneer Football League’s leading offense to just 94 first half yards.  Valpo moved the football on the opening drive before being stopped on downs at the Butler 48-yard line.

Butler drove into Valpo territory but fifth-year senior Zac Griffin (Apple Valley, Calif./Granite Hills H.S.) intercepted his first collegiate pass to end the scoring threat.

The Bulldogs finally cracked the scoreboard with 1:56 to play in the opening quarter, as David Lang connected on a 38-yard field goal.  Valpo looked to answer on its next possession, but Chris Smith’s (Manistee, Mich./Manistee H.S.) field goal attempt from 45 yards out came up short.

Both teams traded punts throughout the second quarter until Roger Satur (Mansfield, Texas/Nolan Catholic H.S.) picked off a pass and returned it to the Bulldog 27-yard line right before halftime.  A Crusader interception ended the threat and the teams went into the locker room with Butler holding a 3-0 lead.

Butler (6-0, 3-0 PFL) got the ball to start the second half but Crawford picked off his third pass of the year and raced down the sidelines for the score to put Valpo on top 7-3. 

After a Bulldog punt, the Crusaders marched down field again.  Quinn Schaefer (Roanoke, Ind./Bishop Luers H.S.) connected with Nicholas Henton (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle H.S.) for 44 yards to set Valpo up at the one-yard line.  Schaefer then snuck the ball in from a yard out to put the Brown and Gold on by 11, 14-3, with 6:48 to play in the third.

The Bulldogs answered the score with a touchdown of their own on a four-yard run by Ryan Hitchcock.  Butler then forced a fumble on the final play of the third quarter, and moved the ball 58 yards before Scott Gray scored from seven yards out for the go ahead touchdown.

Butler tried to run the clock out, but a fumble recovery by Brett Heber (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South H.S.) at the Valpo five gave the Crusaders one more chance with 2:03 to play in the game.  Valpo could not manage a first down though, and turned the ball over on downs, setting up a two-yard run by Hitchcock in the final two minutes for the final score of the game.

Isaac Wildermuth (Sidney, Ohio/Upper Arlington H.S.) led Valpo offensively with 23 carries for 87 yards while Henton had two receptions for 63 yards.  Gray led Butler with 22 carries for 99 yards.

“Wildermuth had to step up with two starters down,” Adams said.  “He went out and played well.  He ran the ball hard.  Our defense played hard as well and created some turnovers.  I was happy with how they played.”

Valparaiso (1-5, 0-3) will return to Brown Field next Saturday for a Parents’ Day battle against Dayton.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Wildermuth’s 87 yards rushing marked a new career high … Valpo held quarterback Andrew Huck, the PFl’s leading passer averaging just under 250 yards per game, to just 77 yards passing … Crawford now has eight career interceptions … Satur’s interception and Heber’s fumble recover were their first of their careers … Butler leads the all-time series 44-24 and has won two straight.

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. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo