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Crusader Football Travels to Youngstown State This Saturday
Play Video Eric Hoffman and the Crusaders travel to YSU this Saturday. (William Liu)
Eric Hoffman and the Crusaders travel to YSU this Saturday. (William Liu)
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#6 Youngstown State (2-0)
9/8/2012 | Youngstown, Ohio | Attendance: 15347
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Scoring
1st Quarter
YSUTD13:00Bryan 24 Yd Pass From Hess (Brown kick)
YSUTD10:53Shaw 11 Yd Pass From Hess (Brown kick)
YSUTD09:56Edwards (Brown kick)
2nd Quarter
YSUTD14:58Pace 3 Yd Run (Brown kick)
YSUTD12:54Cook 2 Yd Run (Brown kick)
YSUTD07:00Hymes 1 Yd Run (Brown kick)
YSUTD03:09Pace 14 Yd Run (Brown kick)
3rd Quarter
YSUFG11:55Brown 27 Yd
4th Quarter
YSUTD05:27Hymes 3 Yd Run (Brown kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOYSU
1st Downs1125
3rd Down Conversions5-164-9
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Passing (Comp-Att)143 (29-39)190 (14-21)
Rushing (Att)47 (25)334 (46)
Total Yards190524
Penalties9-656-40
Turnovers20
Fumbles Lost20
Interceptions00
Possession33:4826:12

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Valparaiso (0-1, 0-0 PFL)
Game #2: Saturday, Sept. 8 - 3 p.m. CDT
at Youngstown State (1-0, 0-0 MVFC)
Stambaugh Stadium (20,630 - PowerBlade HP+) - Youngstown, Ohio

This Week in Crusader Football: The Valparaiso football team continues the 2012 season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Youngstown State to battle a traditional NCAA I-FCS national power. This week’s contest is the second of three straight non-conference games to open the season for the Crusaders prior to the start of Pioneer Football League action.

Previously: Valparaiso entered the fourth quarter of its season opener at Brown Field on Thursday night with a 34-27 lead, but Saint Joseph's (Ind.) scored twice in the final 15 minutes, including a six-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds to play, to down the Crusaders, 36-34. Gabe Ali-El paced the Valpo running attack with 80 yards and a pair of TDs, while Eric Hoffman went 23-of-44 through the air for 221 yards to ten different receivers. Defensively, Alex Grask led the way with 11 tackles.

Next Up: The Crusaders conclude the non-league slate back at Brown Field next Saturday at 1 p.m. as Valpo hosts Duquesne.

On the Air: For the eighth straight season, the Valpo Sports Radio Network will be home to all 11 Crusader football games in 2012. All 11 games can be heard live on WAKE (1500 AM, Valparaiso), online through www.valpoathletics.com or by downloading the WAKE Radio app for Android or iPhone devices. Todd Ickow will handle all the play-by-play, with Travis Lucian adding the color commentary this week. Live video of the game is also available through the Youngstown State website.

Head Coach Dale Carlson: Dale Carlson is 1-22 in his third season with the Crusaders and 111-125-3 overall entering his 24th season as a collegiate head coach. He arrived at Valpo from Ohio Dominican where he began the Ohio Dominican program from scratch in 2004, just as he did at Tri-State University prior to his tenure with the Panthers. He is the 16th head coach in Valpo history, and just the seventh since 1946.

Series Notes: Valpo and Youngstown State have met just once on the gridiron, that meeting coming in Youngstown last season on Sept. 10. The Penguins scored the first 56 points of that game en route to a 77-13 victory. Dale Cook led the way offensively with 39 rushing yards and a 63-yard reception.

Scouting Youngstown State: The Penguins enter Saturday’s game at 1-0 this year after going on the road and winning at D-I FBS Pittsburgh last Saturday,31-17. Following the victory, YSU moved up to #6 nationally in The Sports Network FCS poll, earning seven first-place votes. The Penguins were led against Pitt by MVFC Offensive Player of the Week Andre Stubbs, who ran for 71 yards and a TD while also catching four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Dale Peterman led the way with nine tackles, while Jeremey Edwards and Twin Fernandez each recovered fumbles.

Wrapping Up 2011: The Crusaders captured their first win of the Dale Carlson era in the home finale last year by defeating Campbell, 34-31. Valpo ended the season 1-10 and 1-7 in PFL play, but returns plenty of experience for 2012, as six starters are back on both sides of the ball.

Putting Up Points: While the Crusaders came up just short of the victory in their season opener, they lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 34 points. The 34 points scored matches the second-most in a single game by a Valpo team since the start of the 2009 campaign, eclipsed only by last year’s season opener, when the Crusaders scored 35 in a loss to Franklin.

Running It In: All four of the Crusaders’ offensive touchdowns last Thursday came via the ground, as Gabe Ali-El scored from 11 and 5 yards out, while Jake Hutson ran one in from 2 yards and Ryan Lehr snuck it across from 1 yard out. It was the first time Valpo had a four-touchdown day on rushes since Oct. 11, 2008, when the Crusaders scored four rushing touchdowns in an overtime win over Davidson.

Scoring on Defense: The defense also contributed to the Crusaders’ 34-point effort on Thursday, as Devan Gadson returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown near the start of the second half against the Pumas. It marks the second straight game that the Crusaders have scored a touchdown on defense, as Bruce Collins had an interception return for a score in the season finale last year at Davidson. Ironically, it was Collins who forced the fumble that Gadson ran in on Thursday.

Ali-El Leads the Backfield: Sophomore Gabe Ali-El, who led Valpo in rushing as a rookie last season, picked right up where he left off to open the 2012 season. Ali-El set new career highs in the season opener, carrying the ball 14 times for 80 yards. He also scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground after scoring just one rushing touchdown during his freshman season.

Grask on the Tackle: Junior Alex Grask led the Crusader defense against the Pumas last Thursday, posting a career-high 11 tackles, including nine of the solo variety. Grask, who posted one tackle for loss and also had a pass breakup, previously tallied 10 tackles as a freshman at Morehead State.

Preseason Honorees: Senior punter Greg Wood and junior linebacker Pat Derbak both have earned various preseason honors. Wood was tabbed a Preseason All-PFL honoree, as released by the league office, and was also a member of the Preseason First Team All-PFL squad as announced in Phil Steele’s 2012 FCS College Football Preview. Meanwhile, Derbak was a Second Team selection in Phil Steele’s publication as well.

Team Captains: Valpo entered the 2012 season with a pair of captains, with senior tight end Mike Gerton representing the offense and senior cornerback Alan Porter Jr. representing the defense. Due to a season-ending injury to Porter, junior safety Alex Grask has been appointed defensive captain for the rest of the season.

Crusaders Picked 10th in Preseason Poll: The head coaches selected Valparaiso to finish 10th in the Pioneer Football League this season according to the preseason poll. The prognosticators selected San Diego to take home the 2012 championship.

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