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Franklin Downs Valpo 42-7 Saturday Afternoon
Eddie Morelli scored Valpo's lone touchdown at Franklin. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Eddie Morelli scored Valpo's lone touchdown at Franklin. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Eli Crawford intercepted a pair of passes on Saturday. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Eli Crawford intercepted a pair of passes on Saturday. (Stacey LaCalamita)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Valparaiso wrapped up its season-opening two-game road trip on Saturday afternoon, suffering a 42-7 loss to Franklin at Faught Stadium in Franklin, Ind.

Franklin’s Kyle Ray threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Grizzlies racked up 568 yards of total offense.

The Grizzlies struck quickly, returning the opening kickoff to the Crusader 26 yard line.  Two plays later, Reece Craig went around the left side and scored from 16 yards out.

After Valpo went three-and-out, Ray completed a 66-yard pass to put the Grizzlies first-and-goal.  Two plays later, Ray found Kam Silcock on the right side from seven yards out and Franklin led 14-0 just 3:36 into the game.

“I really thought we would come out ready to play today,” head coach Dale Carlson said.  “Instead we came out flat.  We gave them a couple of plays early and never recovered.”

The Crusaders finally found the scoreboard with 10 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.  Eddie Morelli (Racine, Wis./Saint Catherines H.S.) ran right and scored from four yards out, pulling Valpo within 14-7 heading into the second quarter.

Franklin (1-1) immediately answered as Ray found Mitch Deffner in the left corner of the end zone from 11 yards out.  One possession later, the duo hooked  up again, this time from four yards out despite a pass interference  call on the Crusaders, and the Grizzlies took a 28-7 lead  into the locker room.

Valpo’s offense struggled in the second half, holding the ball for just 6:19 total while gaining 33 in the stanza. 

The Grizzlies added a touchdown in each of the final two quarters to close out the scoring.  Ray threw an eight-yard pass to Kyle Linville in the third while rushing for a one-yard scoring in the fourth.

Eli Crawford (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee H.S.) was one of the lone bright spots for the Crusader defense, intercepting a pair of passes, one in the end zone at the other at the Valpo 12 yard line.

“Eli’s played well two weeks in a row,” Carlson added.  “He’s playing tremendous football right now.”

Valpo’s offense totaled just 209 yards of offense on the afternoon, 183 of which came through the air.  Nate Goergen (Golden, Colo./Golden H.S.) completed 16-of-34 passes for 170 yards, but was intercepted once as well.

Ray completed 27-of-36 for 382 yards and the four touchdowns for the Grizzlies.  Craig added 73 yards on the ground as Franklin also rushed for 169 yards.

Cody Gokan (Round Lake, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) finished with a team-high 13 tackles for the Crusaders while Alex Soller (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City H.S.) added 11 stops, including two for loss.

Valparaiso (0-2) will return home to Brown Field next Saturday evening as the Crusaders host region rival Saint Joseph’s (Ind.).  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Communiversity Day at Valparaiso.

Game Notes: Gokan has 30 tackles on the season already … Crawford now has 11 career interceptions … Franklin leads the all-time series 11-3, and has won four straight meetings  … Valpo recorded 14 tackles for loss on the afternoon … Mike Gerton (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) caught a 56-yard pass, Valpo’s longest offensive play of the season.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
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
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
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
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
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