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Crusader Football Falls in Season Finale
Jake Hutson broke the 100-yard barrier and ran for a touchdown in the season finale. (Avery Webster Davis)
Jake Hutson broke the 100-yard barrier and ran for a touchdown in the season finale. (Avery Webster Davis)
Valparaiso (1-10)
at
Morehead State (4-7)
11/17/2012 | Morehead, Ky. | Attendance: 1607
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Scoring
1st Quarter
MORTD10:20SAWYER 33 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
MORTD06:09STANLEY 3 Yd Run (DUZAN missed kick)
MORTD02:51BORNHAUSER 80 Yd Run (DUZAN kick)
2nd Quarter
MORTD12:37SAWYER 1 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
MORTD10:59SCOTT (DUZAN kick)
VALPOTD06:36HUTSON 3 Yd Run (PANDO kick)
MORTD06:19SAWYER (DUZAN kick)
VALPOFG01:57PANDO 27 Yd
MORTD00:56BORNHAUSER 53 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
3rd Quarter
MORTD13:37SAWYER 64 Yd Pass From GOLDSMITH (DUZAN kick)
MORTD13:26LESTER (DUZAN kick)
VALPOTD07:15ANDERSON 9 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (PANDO kick)
4th Quarter
MORTD07:33STANLEY 8 Yd Run (DUZAN kick)
VALPOTD04:32BAKER 37 Yd Pass From LEHMAN (PANDO kick)
MORTD00:53SLUPSKI 2 Yd Run (DUZAN kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOMOR
1st Downs2925
3rd Down Conversions8-209-11
4th Down Conversions3-41-1
Passing (Comp-Att)269 (32-53)348 (20-24)
Rushing (Att)180 (39)348 (38)
Total Yards449696
Penalties7-509-94
Turnovers32
Fumbles Lost12
Interceptions20
Possession38:0821:52

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Valparaiso football team dropped its season finale Saturday afternoon, falling 76-24 to the Morehead State Eagles at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky.  The Crusaders’ offense compiled a season-high 29 first downs and amassed 449 total yards in a losing effort.

“We just did not react to the adversity very well today,” head coach Dale Carlson said. “We had some ball movement early, but unfortunately we didn’t capitalize on it.”

The Crusaders (1-10, 1-7 PFL) struggled to contain the Pioneer Football League’s top scoring offense, surrendering 696 total yards and five scoring plays that went for more than 50 yards.

“In the last two weeks, I thought we did a pretty good job of if we gave up a big play, we kept our head in the game, we kept executing,” Carlson said. “Today we just kind of fell back on just trying to do too much.”

The Eagles jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead after the Crusaders first three drives stalled in Morehead State territory. The Crusaders took the opening kickoff and drove the ball inside the Eagles 40 yard line, but a pair of penalties backed Valpo up into a punting situation.

The Eagles, utilizing a no huddle offense for much of the game, put together a seven-play, 81-yard drive. On fourth and six from the Valpo 33, senior quarterback Zach Lewis hit Donte Sawyer for a 33-yard touchdown.

The Crusaders began their second possession at their own 49-yard line but were forced to punt three plays later from just across midfield. On the ensuing possession, Blake Stanley ran it in from three yards out and a missed extra point made it 13-0 with 6:09 remaining in the first quarter.

Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) got the offense churning and the Crusaders threatened to slice into the Eagles lead. The sophomore quarterback picked up a first down on a nine-yard scramble and then found Matt Mallon (Rockford, Ill./East) for a 26-yard catch and run. The Crusaders penetrated inside the Eagles’ five yard line, but on fourth and inches from the two, a false start penalty forced a field goal attempt. Mike Pando’s (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) 23-yard try missed wide left.

Following a touchback, Brandon Bornhauser ripped off an 80-yard touchdown to put the Eagles in front 20-0 with 2:51 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Morehead State lead swelled to 34-0 before the Crusaders got on the board in the second quarter. Hoffman led the Crusaders on an 11-play, 75-yard march before Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) scampered in from three yards out for his eighth touchdown of the year. Cole Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) had a career-long catch and run of 21 yards to set up the score while Tim Bennett (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) caught three passes on the series. Valpo trailed 34-7 with 6:36 remaining in the half.

After Sawyer returned a kickoff for a touchdown, the Crusaders were forced into a punting situation. Greg Wood’s (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) punt was misplayed by Justin Grier and recovered by Alex Grask (Naperville, Ill./Central) at the Eagles’ 27-yard line.

The Crusaders moved inside the Eagles’ 10-yard line and settled for a 27-yard field goal from Pando cutting the margin to 41-10 with 1:57 remaining in the half.

In the second half the Crusaders pieced together two scoring drives of more than 70 yards. Anderson caught a nine-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 14-play, 76 yard drive in the third quarter. Ben Lehman (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward Central Catholic) entered in the fourth quarter and threw a 37-yard strike to running back Jabril Baker (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central (Wabash) ), who scurried in for the first touchdown of his career.

Hutson paced the Crusader’s ground game, amassing 107 yards on 18 carries. Through the air Hoffman was 26-of-39 for 200 yards and a touchdown. Bennett caught a team-high eight passes for 29 yards.

Grask led the Crusaders with nine tackles while senior linebacker Cody Gokan (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) racked up seven stops, including a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.

In his final collegiate contest, Wood punted five times, four of which pinned the Eagles inside the 20-yard line.

Morehead State’s Rees Macshara rushed for 211 yards on the ground while Sawyer made six catches for 186 yards as part of a four-touchdown performance.

“Our team has come out to practice everyday, practiced hard,” Carlson said. “Our next step is we have to get them to translate that to game situations.”

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 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
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 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 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
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
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