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Valpo to Open PFL Play Saturday at San Diego
Warren Arnold is now eighth all-time in total offense.
Warren Arnold is now eighth all-time in total offense.

Monday, September 29, 2008

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Game #4: Saturday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m. CDT
Valpo (1-2, 0-0 PFL) at
San Diego (4-0, 2-0 PFL)
Torero Stadium (7,000, Grass) - San Diego, Calif.

This Week in Crusader Football: After a week off from action, Valparaiso will return to the gridiron this week to open up Pioneer Football League play at San Diego.  The game will be a part of Homecoming West for Valpo, and will mark the kickoff to the Crusaders’ 16th PFL season.

On the Air: For the fourth straight season, the Valpo Sports Radio Network will be home to all 11 Crusader football games in 2008.  The Valpo Sports Radio Network consists of WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso), WAKE (1500-AM, Valparaiso), and WE-FM (95.9-FM, Michigan City).  Todd Ickow will handle all the play-by-play with David Schroeder adding the color commentary.  The game can also be heard online at www.valpoathletics.com

Series Notes: Valparaiso and San Diego are meeting for the 16th time in a series that dates back to 1993.  The Toreros hold a 10-5 all-time advantage, including a 5-2 edge in San Diego.  Valpo last won at Torero Stadium 32-10 on October 28, 2000.  Overall, the Toreros have won four straight meetings, including a 41-27 victory in Valparaiso last season.  The Crusaders’ last victory came on October 18, 2003, a 41-34 victory at home.

Scouting San Diego: The Toreros, the preseason favorite in the PFL, are a perfect 2-0 in league play already after defeating Drake 43-17 last Saturday afternoon.  San Diego is leading the PFL averaging 41.0 points per game and piling up over 400 yards per game offensively.  Quarterback Seb Trujillo has thrown for 1,031 yards already while Phil Morelli is averaging 90.0 yards per game on the ground.  Receiver John Matthews has caught eight touchdowns in four games and is averaging 131.2 yards per contest.  The Toreros are converting on 52% of their third downs and are a perfect 7-for-7 on fourth down.

Wrapping Up Marian (Ind.): Valparaiso jumped out to a 10-0 lead at halftime behind a 21-yard field goal by David Hamaker and a two-yard touchdown run by Jake Riedel.  The Crusaders could not hold the advantage though, and a William Stubbs two-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter gave the Knights the lead and a 13-10 victory at Brown Field two Saturday’s ago.  Warren Arnold threw for 207 yards, including 97 to Steve Ogden, to lead the offense.

A Big Turnaround for the Defense: Valpo’s defense has been vastly improved from last year through three games this season.  The Crusaders are allowing just 14.7 points per game this year after surrendering 29.2 points per contest in 2007.  In addition, Valpo is giving up just 288.3 yards in total offense thus far compared with last year’s 347.6. 

Creating Turnovers: Valpo is +5 in turnover margin thus far this season after intercepting seven passes and recovering three fumbles.  The 10 takeaways are already half of its entire 2007 total.  On the other side of the football, the Crusaders have thrown just one interception and lost four fumbles.

Valpo in PFL Openers: The Crusaders are 5-10 in PFL openers during the first 15 years of the league’s existence.  Valpo has faced San Diego in four previous openers for the Brown and Gold.  Last year the Crusaders fell to Drake 48-20 in the conference opener after downing Morehead State’s in the 2006 opener.

Mack Tallies Career High in Tackles: Andrew Mack recorded a career-high with 10 tackles two weeks against Marian (Ind.), including 0.5 for loss.  His previous high had been seven last season against Morehead State.  On the season, Mack is second on the team with 22 stops.

Change in Possession: Valpo has held onto the football for an average of 16:58 in the first half, but its defense has been on the field for most of the second half as Valpo has spent just 11:00 with the ball.

Arnold Moves Into Eighth in Total Offense: Senior quarterback Warren Arnold moved past Cortie Wilson (1977-1979) into eighth place on Valpo’s total offense list for a career after racking up 237 yards against Marian (Ind.).  Arnold now has 3,574 yards combined rushing and passing.  Gordon Helms (1953-1955) is seventh all-time with 3,581 total yards, just seven yards ahead of the senior.  Ryan Doerffler (2003-2006) ranks sixth with 3,861 yards, 287 ahead of Arnold.

Ogden Fourth All-Time in Receiving: Steve Ogden has moved into fourth place on Valpo’s career receiving list with 2,332 yards, passing Kevin Knutson’s (2001-2004) fourth place total of 2,308 for a career.  Ogden hauled in eight passes for 97 yards against Marian (Ind.) to move up the list.  He is still nearly 500 yards shy of Dan Bogar’s (1981-1984) third place total of 2,816 yards.

Hamaker Makes First Career Field Goal: David Hamaker made his first collegiate field goal attempt, a 21-yarder, against Marian (Ind.) and made his only extra point attempt against the Knights.

Koepke Surpasses 200 Career Tackles:
Senior linebacker Ryan Koepke passed the 200 tackle mark for his career against Marian (Ind.) with seven stops.  He now has 202 tackles over his four years wearing the Brown and Gold.

Valpo’s Pass Defense the Nation’s Best: Valpo’s pass defense put up some impressive numbers through three games this season.  The Crusaders are tops in all of NCAA I-FCS through week five allowing 48.67 yards per game through the air while their passing efficiency defense also ranks number one at 51.70.  Valpo’s defense has also intercepted seven passes already this year.

Arnold to Move Into the Top-10 in Passing: Warren Arnold is just 75 passing yards shy of moving into the top-10 all-time at Valparaiso.  The senior quarterback enters play with 2,571 passing yards, trailing Jon Dimitri’s (1965-1967) 10th place mark of 2,646.  With 218 more yards, Arnold would move all the way into eighth place.  Arnold threw for a season-high 207 yards against Marian (Ind.).

Valpo Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll: The Crusaders were selected to finish in a tie for seventh place in the Pioneer Football League this season according to the head coaches.  San Diego was selected to win the league followed by Dayton.  The PFL champion will face the Northeast Conference champion in the Gridiron Classic on December 6.

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 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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 12th/15 (314)
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