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Valpo Football Hosts First Place Jacksonville Saturday
Nate Blair and Valpo take on the Dolphins Saturday at Brown Field. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Nate Blair and Valpo take on the Dolphins Saturday at Brown Field. (Stacey LaCalamita)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Valparaiso (0-6, 0-3 PFL)
Game #7: Saturday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. CDT
vs. Jacksonville (5-1, 3-0 PFL)
Brown Field (5,000 - ProGrass) - Valparaiso, Ind.

This Week in Crusader Football: Valparaiso closes out its homestand on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field with another Pioneer Football League battle as the Crusaders host Jacksonville.  Valpo is looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to Marist while the Dolphins are looking to remain atop the PFL standings.

On the Air: For the sixth straight season the Valpo Sports Radio Network will be home to all 11 Crusader football games in 2010.  The Valpo Sports Radio Network consists of WAKE (1500-AM, Valparaiso) and WE-FM (95.9-FM, Michigan City).  Todd Ickow will handle all the play-by-play with Adam Amin adding the color commentary this week.  The game can also be heard live online at www.valpoathletics.com as well as seen live through the Horizon League Network.  Live stats will also be available for the game through www.valpoathletics.com.

Head Coach Dale Carlson:
Dale Carlson is 0-6 in his first season with the Crusaders and 110-109-3 overall entering his 22nd season as a collegiate head coach.  He arrived at Valpo from Ohio Dominican where he was 7-3 last season and 36-27 over six years.  Carlson began the Ohio Dominican program from scratch in 2004, just as he did at Tri-State University prior to his tenure with the Panthers.  He is now the 16th head coach in Valpo history, and just the seventh since 1946.

Series Notes: Jacksonville leads the all-time series with the Crusaders 4-2 dating back to the 2003 season.  The Dolphins have won the last two meetings between the two schools, including a 49-20 victory last year in Jacksonville.  Valpo’s last win in the series came in the Sunshine State back in 2007, a 29-27 come-from-behind victory.  The Crusaders are 1-2 all-time against the Dolphins at Brown Field.

Wrapping Up Marist: Valparaiso pulled within 17-7 on a touchdown pass from Nate Goergen to Antonio Lovelace just before halftime, but the Red Foxes scored the game’s final 34 points on the way to a 51-7 win over the Crusaders last Saturday at Brown Field.  Valpo posted a season-high 358 yards of total offense, but turned the ball over four times in the setback.  Marist racked up 550 yards of total offense, and had four scoring drives of less than 35 seconds.

Scouting Jacksonville: The Dolphins are currently tied with Dayton at the top of the Pioneer Football League standings after a 39-34 win over Drake last Saturday in Florida.  Quarterback Josh McGregor, the reigning PFL Offensive Player of the Week, has thrown for 1,859 yards and 18 touchdowns already this season.  Rudell Small leads the PFL in rushing, averaging 88 yards per game.  Defensively, Jacksonville has forced 17 turnovers, and ranks third in the nation in turnover margin at +1.5.

Lovelace Scores First Career Touchdown: Antonio Lovelace found the end zone for the first time in his Crusader career last Saturday against Marist, hauling in a 13-yard reception from Nate Goergen.  The sophomore’s scoring grab capped a 14-play, 95-yard drive for Valpo.  Lovelace, who did not have a career reception until two weeks ago, now has seven catches on the year.

Wood Among Nation’s Top Punters:
Greg Wood’s stellar season punting the football has the sophomore climbing the national rankings.  He enters this week ranked 12th in all of NCAA I-FCS averaging 42.1 yards per punt, which also leads the Pioneer Football League.  Wood has landed eight of his 34 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, and has had seven boots of 50 yards or more.

Getting the Offense Rolling:
Valpo posted a season-high 358 yards of total offense last Saturday against Marist.  Nate Goergen threw for 205 yards while the ground game also posted a season-high 139 yards. 

Controlling the Football:
Valpo won time of possession for the first time all season last week against Marist.  The Crusaders controlled the football for 31:37.

McCarty Leads Receiving Corps:
Sean McCarty has grabbed a team-leading 24 passes for 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season.  He hauled in a 58-yard touchdown pass from Nate Goergen against Dayton,  McCarty’s third reception of more than 30 yards already this season.  He caught a 31-yard pass at Franklin and had a 47-yard reception in the home opener against Saint Joseph’s (Ind.).

Among the Nation’s Best Getting in the Backfield: Valparaiso has already registered 43 total tackles for loss this season, averaging 7.2 per game.  That total is tied for 21st among all NCAA I-FCS schools this season. 

Check Your Roster: Valparaiso has had 68 different Crusaders see action on the field this season, with only 32 players appearing in all six contests thus far.  The starting lineup has been even more inconsistent, as 38 different players have drawn starting assignments, with just eight Crusaders starting ever game.

Team Captains:
Valpo has co-captains for the 2010 season.  Senior defensive back Eli Crawford represents the defense while redshirt-sophomore Eddie Morelli represents the offense.

Crusaders Picked 10th in Preseason Poll:
The head coaches selected Valparaiso to finish 10th in the Pioneer Football League this season according to the preseason poll.  The prognosticators selected Dayton to take home the 2010 championship.

This and That:
Offensive linemen Sean Cook and Ferdinand Velez were credited with their first collegiate forced fumble and fumble recovery respectively last week against Marist ... Matt Heinen leads Valpo in tackles with 41 ... Valpo averages just 29.2 yards per game in penalties.

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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
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 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
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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
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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
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