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Crusaders Fall on the Road at Dayton Saturday
Tom Oswald blocked a kick for the Crusaders.
Tom Oswald blocked a kick for the Crusaders.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Box Score

                Dayton scored five touchdowns and had 310 yards of offense in the first half on the way to a 43-7 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.

                “We ran into a strong Dayton team today and suffered a tough loss,” head coach Stacy Adams said. 

                Dayton took the opening kickoff and moved down field in seven plays, scoring on Rob Florian’s one-yard quarterback sneak.  After the Crusaders went three-and-out, the Flyers struck again.  Florian had his pass deflected up into the air, but Nick Collins pulled the ball out of the air and went the 36 yards to make the score 14-0 Dayton with 7:21 to play in the opening quarter.

                Valpo answered the drive, with a scoring strike of its own.  John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.) returned the kickoff to the Crusader 42-yard line, and following a 15-yard penalty on the Flyers, started the drive on the Dayton 43.  Six plays later, Warren Arnold (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) found a streaking Desmond Lewis (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) over the middle with 4:31 to play in the first for a 28-yard touchdown pass.  The reception was the first scoring grab of Lewis’ career.

                The ensuing drive saw Ben Shappie cap the first quarter scoring for Dayton with a nine-yard run around the left corner to put the Flyers back on top by 14, 21-7.

                Dayton threw for 154 yards in the first quarter on the way to piling up 216 yards of total offense in the first 15 minutes compared with Valpo’s 61 yards of total offense.

                After the two schools exchanged a pair of punts, Dayton’s Scott Vossler deflected a Valpo pitch and fell on the fumble at the Crusader one yard line with 5:20 to play before halftime.  Three plays later, Florian threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Bart Bergfeld over the middle to increase the lead to 27-7 after the extra point was blocked.

                With 1:19 to play before halftime, Florian tossed his third first half touchdown, a 20-yard slant to Nick Collins, giving Dayton a 34-7 lead at halftime.

                Dayton had a very time consuming drive on its first possession of the third quarter.  A 17-play, 9:02 drive was capped with a 31-yard field goal by Nick Glavin.  Jeff Pechan tacked on a one-yard touchdown run with 8:14 to play.

                Valpo finished the game with just 109 yards of total offense compared with 441 yards by Dayton (7-1, 4-0 PFL).  Florian completed 21-of-28 passes for 270 yards.

                “We need to continue to come out, play hard, and improve our passing game the rest of the season,” concluded Adams.

                Sean Dillon (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mount Carmel H.S.) led Valpo with 10 tackles defensively, including one for loss.

                Valparaiso (2-5, 1-3) remains on the road next Saturday as the Crusaders head to Morehead, Ky. for a 12 p.m. CDT contest against Morehead State.  All of the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

 

Game Notes: Nathan Richter (Saint Peters, Mo./Lutheran H.S. of Saint Charles County) made his first collegiate start at right tackle … Tom Oswald (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove H.S.) blocked an extra point in the second quarter for his sixth blocked kick of his career … Arnold moved past Rob Rayl (1990-1993) for fifth all-time at Valpo in total offense with 4,048 career yards … Dayton leads the all-time series 16-2 … the game took just 2:19 to play.

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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W 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 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