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Morehead State Downs Valpo in PFL Opener
Eric Hoffman and Cole Anderson celebrate a first quarter touchdown. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Hoffman and Cole Anderson celebrate a first quarter touchdown. (Ray Acevedo)
Morehead State (2-3)
at
Valparaiso (0-4)
10/1/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 2654
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Morehead State7217338
Valparaiso707014
Scoring
1st Quarter
MORTD11:07JACKSON 4 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
VALPOTD10:09ANDERSON 10 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (WEINEL kick)
2nd Quarter
MORTD13:42THOMAS 2 Yd Run (DUZAN kick)
MORTD09:56COX 12 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
MORTD06:52THOMAS 26 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
3rd Quarter
MORTD12:40SAWYER 12 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
VALPOTD04:13BECKER 9 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (WEINEL kick)
4th Quarter
MORFG10:02DUZAN 33 Yd
Stats at a GlanceMORVALPO
1st Downs2815
3rd Down Conversions8-222-17
4th Down Conversions0-12-4
Passing (Comp-Att)371 (42-62)277 (25-51)
Rushing (Att)184 (37)51 (26)
Total Yards555328
Penalties6-556-40
Turnovers03
Fumbles Lost01
Interceptions02
Possession35:2024:40
Bruce Collins and Pat Derbak wrap up a Morehead State receiver. (Ray Acevedo)
Bruce Collins and Pat Derbak wrap up a Morehead State receiver. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Valparaiso opened the Pioneer Football League portion of its schedule on Saturday afternoon, dropping a Homecoming contest to Morehead State 38-14 at Brown Field.

Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln H.S.) threw for a career-high two touchdowns and as well as 277 yards in offense for Valpo, but the Eagles’ Zach Lewis answered with 335 yards and four scores.

“Our defense played better today and put our offense in position to score some points,” head coach Dale Carlson said.  “We were inside the 25 yard line numerous times and only scored two touchdowns.  We need to find that consistency inside the 25.” 

Morehead State found the scoreboard first on its opening drive of the game.  Lewis found Cory Jackson from four yards out on a pass to the right side for the game’s first touchdown.

Valpo answered less than a minute later, needing just four plays.  A tipped pass was caught by Game Ali-El (Randallstown, Md./Polytechnic Institute H.S.) for 27 yards down at the Morehead State 10-yard line.  A play later, Hoffman connected over the middle with Cole Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian H.S.) for his first collegiate catch, tying the game at seven.

The game stayed tied until the Eagles struck three times in the second quarter to take a 28-7 lead into the break.  Kevin Thomas scored on a two-yard run up the middle before Lewis found Desmond Cox from 12 yards out on a swing pass.  Lewis added his third touchdown pass of the game at the 6:52 mark, a 26-yard score to Thomas.

Donte Sawyer made a 12-yard scoring grab in the right corner of the end zone on Morehead State’s opening drive of the second half to increase the advantage. 

A big pass play set Valpo up for its second touchdown late in the third quarter.  Hoffman found Sean McCarty (Waukesha, Wis./West H.S.) for 53 yards, on a third-and 15 play, setting up the Crusaders in a goal-to-go situation.  On the next play, Hoffman connected with Kevin Becker (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson H.S.) across the middle from nine yards out to make it 35-14.

Rainer Duzan added a fourth quarter field goal from 33 yards out to close out the scoring for the Eagles.

The Crusaders had several other chances to score in the game, but went just 2-for-4 in the red zone and were 2-of-17 on third down tries.

“Our special teams played as well as they have all year and our defense tackled better today,” Carlson added.  “We just need to put points on the board.”

Morehead State (2-3, 1-1 PFL) ran 99 plays for 555 yards of total offense, including 371 through the air.  Lewis finished 38-of-55 for the 335 yards.  Valpo posted 328 yards with Hoffman completing 25-of-51 passes for the 277 yards throwing the football.

Ali-El led Valpo with 12 carries for 67 yards on the ground while Cox rushed 21 times for 131 yards for the Eagles.  Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont H.S.) had five catches for 52 yards while Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian H.S.) made five grabs for 45 yards to pace the Crusaders.

Valpo forced the Eagles to punt 11 times while John Edwards (Saint Louis, Mo./Cardinal Ritter H.S.) made a career-high 16 tackles.

“Edwards did a good job of wrapping up guys today and had a lot of stops,” Carlson added.  “We forced them to punt more than they have all year as well.”

Valparaiso (0-4, 0-1) will remain home next Saturday afternoon, entertaining San Diego.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Brown Field.

Game Notes: Morehead State leads the all-time series 14-3 and has won five straight meetings … the Eagles lead the NCAA I-FCS in total offense, averaging 550 yards per game … Becker’s touchdown reception was his first of the season and third of his career … Hoffman has thrown for three scores this year … Cody Gokan (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) made 12 tackles while Pat Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg H.S.) had 11 stops … Nikko Carson (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.) made two sacks … the Crusaders entered the game without a sack on the season and had three on Saturday … there were no possessions in the game which lasted longer than 3:59.

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
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
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