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Davidson Defeats Valpo to Close 2011 Season
Tanner Kuramata had his first career 100-yard receiving day. (Tim Cowie)
Tanner Kuramata had his first career 100-yard receiving day. (Tim Cowie)
Valparaiso (1-10)
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Davidson (4-7)
11/19/2011 | Davidson, N.C. | Attendance: 3312
1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Valparaiso0140822
Davidson7914030
Scoring
1st Quarter
DAVTD02:19Funsten 18 Yd Pass From Carkhuff (Habliston kick)
2nd Quarter
VALPOTD12:21COLLINS (SMITH kick)
DAVFG08:31Habliston 19 Yd
VALPOTD06:32BENNETT 6 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (SMITH kick)
DAVTD00:51Funsten 5 Yd Pass From Carkhuff
3rd Quarter
DAVTD12:44Carkhuff 1 Yd Run (Habliston kick)
DAVTD00:29Culbertson 4 Yd Run (Habliston kick)
4th Quarter
VALPOTD01:55ANDERSON 10 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN
Stats at a GlanceVALPODAV
1st Downs1927
3rd Down Conversions5-197-16
4th Down Conversions2-40-1
Passing (Comp-Att)364 (33-57)371 (34-55)
Rushing (Att)-18 (22)92 (30)
Total Yards346463
Penalties13-1146-45
Turnovers13
Fumbles Lost00
Interceptions13
Possession29:4330:17

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The 2011 football season came to a close on Saturday afternoon for the Valparaiso Crusaders as the Brown and Gold fell to Davidson 30-22 at Richardson Stadium in Davidson, N.C.

The Crusaders led 14-10 late in the first half, but a Wildcat touchdown before halftime started a 20-0 run for the hosts and Valpo was unable to recover.  Valpo scored late but an onside kick attempt was recovered by Davidson with under two minutes to play.

“We just were out of synch offensively a bit today,” head coach Dale Carlson said.  “We weren’t getting the five, six, and seven yard plays that you need to sustain drives.  That’s the biggest difference from last week.”

Valpo’s defense started strong as Laurence Treadaway (Detroit, Mich./Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s H.S.) intercepted a Jonathan Carkhuff pass on the Wildcats’ first drive.  The Crusaders threatened on their ensuing drive, but were stopped on downs.

Davidson (4-7, 2-6 PFL) struck first as Carkhuff threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Lanny Funsten late in the opening quarter.

The Crusader defense responded early in the second quarter as Jalen Johnson (Columbus, Ohio/Dublin Scioto H.S.) got pressure on Carkhuff, forcing him to throw the ball away.  Bruce Collins (Chicago, Ill./Rich East H.S.) stepped in and intercepted the pass, his first of his career, and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at seven at the 12:12 mark.

“What a great play that was,” Carlson said.  Jalen Johnson put great pressure on the quarterback and Bruce got his dream running it back.”

The Wildcats retook the lead 10-7 with a 15-play drive, capped by a Chazzo Habliston 19-yard field goal.  Again the defense stepped up as Davidson had the ball first-and-goal at the six, but Valpo kept them out of the end zone.

Valpo’s offense gave the Crusaders the lead on the next drive.  Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln H.S.) connected with Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont H.S.) for 41 yards, moving the ball into the red zone.  Two plays later, Hoffman found Tim Bennett (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic H.S.) in the back of the end zone and the Crusaders had a 14-10 advantage.

Davidson retook the lead just before halftime as Carkhuff and Funsten hooked up for their second score, this one from six yards out and the Wildcats had a 16-14 halftime advantage.

A three-and-out by the Crusaders to start the third gave Davidson good field position and the Wildcats took just three plays to add to the lead.  Carkhuff scored on a quarterback keeper from a yard out to make it a nine-point advantage. 

The lead grew to 30-14 when Chase Culberton scored from four yards out with less than a minute to play in the third quarter.

Valpo moved deep into Davidson territory on the first drive of fourth quarter before an interception in the end zone ended the 16-play drive without points.  The Crusaders continued to battle though, and scored with 1:55 to play when Hoffman lobbed the ball over a defender to Cole Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian H.S.) from 10 yards out.  Hoffman then found Kuramata on the two-point conversion attempt to pull the Crusaders within eight.

Davidson recovered the onside kick attempt though, and was able to run the clock out.

Hoffman finished the game 33-of-57 for 364 yards and the two touchdowns.  Kuramata had six receptions for 107 yards, a career-high in both categories.  Valpo finished the game with 346 yards of total offense though, as the Crusaders could not establish the running game.

“Hoffman played better late in the year than he did early on,” Carlson commented.  “He did some good things and made progress.  We’ll continue to have competition at that position throughout the offseason though.”

Carkhuff finished 34-of-55 for 371 yards for Davidson, with Funsten making 13 grabs for 175 yards and Jonathan Adams adding 12 catches for 122 yards.  The Wildcats finished with 463 total yards.

“We knew he’d (Carkhuff) get his catches and yards,” Carlson added.  “Early on our defense was out there for a lot of snaps.  We were a bit gassed on their scores with our offense not producing.  We were inside the 30 several times and came away with no points.”

Ryan Mundy (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison H.S.) led the Valparaiso (1-10, 1-7) defense with nine tackles, including one for loss.  The Crusaders registered three sacks, including two from Nikko Carson (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.).  The Wildcats finished with five sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

“We didn’t win enough games,” Carlson concluded.  “We had some opportunities but did finish.  Our competitive level was so much better this year though.  Those are things to build on and what we will do so heading into the offseason.”

Game Notes: Davidson leads the all-time series 6-1 … Colin Burke (Orlando, Fla./Freedom H .S.) added an interception as Valpo picked off three passes on the day … the Crusaders broke up five passes defensively … Valpo was whistled for a season-high 13 penalties for 114 yards and were just 5-of-19 on third downs.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M 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