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Valpo Downed by Morehead State in Season Finale
Sean McCarty (89) and Ryan Myers (1) led Valpo in receiving on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Sean McCarty (89) and Ryan Myers (1) led Valpo in receiving on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Valparaiso saw its 2009 season come to a close on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 29-6 game to Morehead State on Senior Day at Brown Field.

“I wish it would have been a better ending for our seniors,” head coach Stacy Adams said after the game.  “They did a lot of good things over their careers and worked hard for us.”

The Crusaders jumped on top early, as Sean McCarty (Waukesha, Wis./West H.S.) hauled in an 11-yard touchdown reception from Nate Goergen (Golden, Colo./Golden H.S.) just 7:06 into the opening quarter.  The point after try was blocked, but Valpo led 6-0.

Morehead State (3-8, 1-7 PFL) answered on its ensuing possession as Ranier Duzan connected from 43 yards out with a field goal to cut the Crusader advantage in half with 3:13 to play in the first.  Duzan’s second field goal of the game, this time from 29 yards, tied the game at six early in the second quarter.

The two schools went into the locker room deadlocked.  Following a Crusader interception, Duzan connected from 28 yards out for his third field goal of the game, putting Morehead State on top 9-6 heading into the final quarter.

A pair of J.D. Cecil interceptions in the fourth helped the Eagles pull away.  He returned a pick 23 yards for a touchdown with 13:59 remaining to push the lead to 15-6.  Late in the fourth he returned another interception down to the Crusader six and three plays later Jerrod Pendleton found the end zone from three yards out.

On the ensuing kickoff, a Valpo (1-10, 0-8) fumble allowed the Eagles to recover at the Crusader 25 and Kevin Thomas pulled in a 25-yard touchdown grab from Zach Lewis.

“As has been the case all year, we have to learn how to play for 60 minutes,” Adams added.  “We played three good quarters but not four.  At this point we need to put this season in the past and start getting ready for next year.”

Valpo tallied just 137 yards of offense on the afternoon, with the Eagles limiting the Crusader run game to just 15 yards.  McCarty led the receiving corps with five grabs for 52 yards while Ryan Myers (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) had four catches for 46 yards.

The Eagles finished the game with 274 total yards of offense, as Zack Lewis completed 17-of-33 passes for 164 yards.

Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan H.S.) and Zac Griffin (Apple Valley, Calif./Granite Hills H.S.), two of 15 seniors playing in their final game, led the defense.  Rundh has 12 tackles, 10 solo, including three for loss.  He had two sacks, two pass break-ups, a hurry, and blocked an extra point try.  Griffin added nine tackles, including one for loss.

Game Notes: Morehead State leads the all-time series 12-3 and has won three straight meetings … Rundh finished his career at Valpo with 33 tackles for loss, including 12.5 sacks … he blocked four kicks, including the PAT on Saturday … JaVon Welch (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills H.S.) finished with a team-leading 71 tackles on the season, including eight against Morehead State … Nicholas Henton (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle H.S.) finished with three catches for 14 yards to finish with 932 career yards.

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
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