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Valpo Suffers Road Loss at Marist
Tim Bennett had a team-high four catches. (Ray Acevedo)
Tim Bennett had a team-high four catches. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Valparaiso began its final road trip of the 2009 season on Saturday afternoon, suffering a 24-0 setback to Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

Valpo’s defense led the way throughout the first half keeping the game close.  JaVon Welch (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills H.S.) ripped a ball away from a Marist receiver for an interception in the opening quarter and the Brown and Gold made four tackles for loss in the opening 30 minutes.

Offensively the Crusaders moved the ball in the first half, only to have two drives stopped inside of the 30-yard line, one because of a fumble and another on a blocked field goal. 

“Early in the game our defense kept us in the game,” head coach Stacy Adams said.  “Offensively though we need to generate offense and come away with points when we have the opportunity.”

Marist finally got on the scoreboard with 33 seconds remaining before halftime as Chris Debowski found Chris Ortner open in the end zone from five yards out to give the Red Foxes a 7-0 lead at the break.

Valpo outgained Marist 107-91 in the first half, holding the Red Foxes to just 29 yards passing and five first downs.

“For 29 minutes we went toe-to-toe with a good team both offensively and defensively,” Adams added.  “We had them outgained and our defensive kept giving us opportunities.”

The Red Foxes added to the lead on the opening possession of the third quarter as O’Neil Anderson scored from seven yards out to make it 14-0 Marist.  Just 1:45 later, following a Crusader interception, Debowski found James LaMacchia from 48 yards out to make it 21-0.  Marist would add 28-yard field goal before the end of the third quarter and that would close out the scoring for the game.

Valpo managed just 46 yards of offense in the second half while Marist (5-3, 4-2 PFL) picked up 250 to finish with 341 yards for the game.

“Coming into the game we felt good about what we could do,” Adams added.  “We have to come out and play a better second half though.  If we play the same way we did in the first half it is a different ball game.”

Debowski finished  6-of-9 passing for 114 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Foxes while Anderson  on 15 carries and a score. rushed for 101 yards

Bobby Wysocki (Calumet City, Ill./Thornwood H.S.) was 10-of-25 passing for 73 yards while Issac Wildermuth (Sidney, Ohio/Upper Arlington H.S.) had 16 carries for 34 yards to lead the ground game.  Welch had a team-leading 12 tackles in addition to the interception to lead the defense.

Valparaiso (1-7, 0-5) will close out the road portion of the regular season next Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.  Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CST. against the Dolphins of Jacksonville.

Game Notes: This was the first meeting ever between Valpo and Marist … Welch’s interception was the first of his career … Cody Gokan (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) had a career-high 10 tackles.

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Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
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W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
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Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
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Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
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W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
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M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 Emory G. Bauer Field
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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 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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
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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
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Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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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
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Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
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Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
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Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
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Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
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