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Crusaders Fall to Bulldogs in Indy
Eric Hoffman threw for 205 yards and a touchdown in Valpo's 72-12 loss at Butler Saturday.
Eric Hoffman threw for 205 yards and a touchdown in Valpo's 72-12 loss at Butler Saturday.
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BUTLER (8-3)
11/9/2013 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Attendance: 3049
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Valparaiso660012
BUTLER212420772
Scoring
1st Quarter
VALPOTD08:30TAIBI 86 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (NEWMAN missed kick)
BUTD07:50HEETER 58 Yd Run (TRELOAR kick)
BUTD03:52SHANNON 35 Yd Pass From LANCASTER (TRELOAR kick)
BUTD02:25SHANNON 57 Yd Pass From LANCASTER (TRELOAR kick)
2nd Quarter
BUFG13:51TRELOAR 34 Yd
BUTD05:27SHANNON 51 Yd Pass From LANCASTER (TRELOAR kick)
BUTD04:43KELSEY (TRELOAR kick)
VALPOTD00:58HALL 5 Yd Run (NEWMAN missed kick)
BUTD00:46HEETER 84 Yd Pass From LANCASTER (TRELOAR kick)
3rd Quarter
BUTD10:05WATSON 21 Yd Run (TRELOAR kick)
BUTD06:02WATSON 28 Yd Run (TRELOAR kick)
BUTD05:10MARKLEY 14 Yd Run (TRELOAR missed kick)
4th Quarter
BUTD11:32DiBALSAMO 6 Yd Run (TRELOAR kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOBU
1st Downs1628
3rd Down Conversions6-166-12
4th Down Conversions2-22-2
Passing (Comp-Att)267 (24-43)389 (16-23)
Rushing (Att)124 (27)328 (47)
Total Yards391717
Penalties6-503-99
Turnovers30
Fumbles Lost10
Interceptions20
Possession29:4030:20

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) and Tony Taibi (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) teamed up for an 86-yard touchdown pass for the second straight week, but the Butler Bulldogs handed the Brown and Gold a 72-12 loss Saturday at the Butler Bowl.

The Crusader scoring play represented the sixth time this season that Valpo put points on the scoreboard first.

Butler answered right back though. Just 40 seconds later, running back Trae Heeter broke loose for a 58-yard touchdown run on the second play of the ensuing drive. Jon Treloar's extra point gave the Bulldogs the lead 7-6 with 7:50 to play in the first quarter.

Bulldog receiver Brendan Shannon hauled in a Matt Lancaster pass near the Valpo 20. Shannon pinballed off a pair of Crusader defenders, but managed to stay on his feet as he completed the 35-yard touchdown pass. Butler led 14-6 

The Butler defense forced a Crusader three-and-out on the following series.

Beginning their next drive near midfield, the Bulldogs wasted no time padding their lead. On the first play from scrimmage, Lancaster fired his second touchdown pass of the quarter, a 57-yard toss to make it 21-6. 

Treloar added a 34-yard field goal early in the second quarter to extend Butler's advantage to 24-6.

With five minutes to play in the half, Hoffman floated a pass towards the sidelines on a 2nd and 10 that was intercepted and returned all the way for a defensive score.   

Valpo did score a touchdown just before the end of the second quarter. With Ben Lehman (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward Central Catholic) inserted at quarterback, the Crusaders assembled a 14-play, 76-yard drive capped off by a 5-yard rushing touchdown from Brandon Hall (Muskegon, Mich./Orchard View). The PAT sailed wide right, keeping it a 38-12 game with 58 seconds remaining.

Butler wasn't done just yet. On the first play of the drive, Lancaster tallied his fourth touchdown pass of the half with an 86-yard throw to Heeter. The halftime score read 45-12.

The Crusader defense allowed three touchdowns on either the first or second play of a drive in the calamitous first half.

Butler tacked on 27 points in the second half to beat the Brown and Gold 72-12.

Valparaiso (1-9, 1-6 PFL) will close out its season next Saturday at Brown Field. The Dayton Flyers come to town for a 1:00 pm kickoff on Senior Day.

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