The Crusaders hit the road for the first time in 29 days as they head to the Bluegrass State to take on the Morehead State Eagles. The last four meetings have all been shootouts with Valpo and Morehead State combining for no fewer than 52 points.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow talked about the Crusaders' defensive performance this past Saturday, the quarterback scenario heading into Morehead State, as well as the re-emergence of running back Jake Hutson in this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview.
Saturday will be a battle of first-year head coaches as Rick Fox guides his Bulldogs into Valparaiso versus the Dave Cecchini-led Crusaders. Drake's defensive line touts 12.5 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss through the team's first six games. Meanwhile, Valpo's offensive line has yielded just two sacks all season, the second-fewest in the nation.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini joined Todd Ickow on the Valpo Football Preview Monday. The two revisited the Crusaders' 55-7 victory over Missouri Baptist, touched upon wide receiver Andrew Cassara's status, and discussed what the Brown and Gold need to do to knock off a 3-3 Drake squad on Saturday.
Valpo football gave a packed Homecoming crowd at Brown Field Saturday afternoon quite the show, recording the highest point total by a Crusader team in over 18 years as they rolled to a 55-7 victory over Missouri Baptist.
Saturday's Homecoming football game will represent the first-ever athletic contest between Valparaiso and Missouri Baptist. The Brown and Gold are looking to give head coach Dave Cecchini his first home victory while the Spartans aim for their inaugural win as a football program. 1400 Crusader Scholarship Challenge points are up for grabs in the 1 pm tilt at Brown Field.
Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dave Cecchini Monday afternoon. Ickow and Cecchini recapped Saturday's loss to Marist, discussed receiver Tanner Kuramata's role in the offense, and looked ahead to what fans expect this week with Missouri Baptist coming to town for Homecoming.
Marist continued its winning ways over the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon with a 35-7 victory at Brown Field. The Red Foxes took advantage of a pair of gaffes on Valpo's special teams while yielding just 239 yards of total offense.
The Crusaders played three of their first four games away from Brown Field. Saturday's noon kickoff represents the start of a three-game set at home as Marist comes to town in search of its first win. At halftime, Valparaiso University will recognize the 1964 Indiana Collegiate Conference Co-Champion team led by Hall of Famers Emory G. Bauer and Walt Reiner.
Seniors Ben Lehman and Andrew Cassara tallied career offensive numbers. Fellow senior Tanner Kuramata turned in a monster 2014 PFL debut as well, as he snagged six catches for 151 yards, but two critical turnovers proved too much to overcome for the Crusaders Saturday night in Buies Creek, N.C.
Valpo football will play under the lights for the third time in a month Saturday night when Campbell plays host to the Brown and Gold at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. It will represent the seventh straight season the two teams have faced each other, with the Crusaders having won the last three meetings.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini sat down with Todd Ickow, the Voice of the Crusaders, on Monday. Cecchini and Ickow revisited Valpo's win last Saturday at William Jewell, the defense's role in the Crusader comeback, and what his team can expect from Campbell.
Trailing 22-7 after thirty minutes, Valparaiso rattled off 32 unanswered points to collect its first non-conference victory since Sept. 12th, 2009. Junior John Guilford piled up 13 tackles - 3.5 for a loss - and a sack as the Crusader defense recorded three takeaways over the final two quarters.
The Crusaders invade Liberty, Missouri this weekend seeking revenge for a 36-34 loss to William Jewell last September. Tanner Kuramata leads NCAA Division I FCS in receptions per game with 10.5 and is 8th in receiving yards per game (112).
Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on Monday. The pair discussed how the team handled its bye week, Valpo's upcoming matchup versus William Jewell, and the team's confidence level heading into this weekend.
Behind running backs Mike Anderson and Braxton Shelton, Saint Joseph's spoiled Valpo's home opener Saturday night with a 31-10 win over the Brown and Gold. Though the Crusaders manufactured just ten points, senior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata snagged a career-high 14 passes as part of a monster game.
Head coach Dave Cecchini's first game on Brown Field will be the 66th meeting between Valparaiso and Saint Joseph's. A victory Saturday night would not only snap a seven-game losing skid versus the Pumas, but it would signal the Crusaders' first win in a home opener since 2008.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow sat down with head football coach Dave Cecchini ahead of the home opener Saturday versus Saint Joseph's. The two reflected on the season opener at Western Illinois, the quarterback play, and the long-standing rivalry between the Pumas and Crusaders.
Freshman Kye Hall shined in his Crusader debut, leading the Valpo defense with 10 tackles - including one for a loss. But a speedy, strong Western Illinois squad prevailed with a 45-6 victory in its home opener. Tanner Kuramata hauled in seven catches for 76 yards as the senior wide receiver set game highs in both categories.
The last time Dave Cecchini was in Macomb, he helped lead Lehigh to a convincing 37-7 win over Western Illinois in the NCAA Div. I-AA playoffs on Nov. 25th, 2000. The first-year head coach looks to deliver similar results as the Crusaders and Leathernecks face each other for the second time in four years.
The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, talked with head football coach Dave Cecchini in the first Valpo Football Preview of 2014. The two discussed the culture change within the program, the quarterback situation, and Coach Cecchini's last trip to Macomb.
With the 2014 football season just eight days away, Brad Collignon chatted with head coach Dave Cecchini, junior linebacker Alex Green, redshirt junior RB Jake Hutson, junior defensive end John Guilford, and senior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata as the Crusaders embark on a new chapter. Click on the video to see what they had to say about how this team has progressed since the spring, the transition to a new playbook, and goals for the upcoming season.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the hiring of Tony Rouse and Adam Logan to the coaching staff Friday. Rouse will serve as the defensive line/strength and conditioning coach while Logan will take over as defensive backs coach.
As the Valparaiso football team prepares for its season opener at Western Illinois Aug. 28, catch a glimpse of a Crusader practice with first-year head coach Dave Cecchini as he gets Mic'd Up for Inside Valpo Athletics.
The 2014 football season opener is less than three weeks away. As energy in camp remains high, new coaching staff seeks to take advantage of a deep receiving corps heading into Aug. 28th debut in Macomb.