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San Diego Defeats Valparaiso Saturday at Brown Field
Brett Heber makes the stop on a Torero. (Ray Acevedo)
Brett Heber makes the stop on a Torero. (Ray Acevedo)
San Diego (5-1)
at
Valparaiso (0-5)
10/8/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 2073
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San Diego141420755
Valparaiso0014014
Scoring
1st Quarter
USDTD10:22James 4 Yd Run (Levine kick)
USDTD04:24Mills 12 Yd Run (Levine kick)
2nd Quarter
USDTD09:13Hoekstra 23 Yd Pass From Mills (Levine kick)
USDTD02:32James 40 Yd Run (Levine kick)
3rd Quarter
VALPOTD12:30SMARWT 23 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (WEINEL kick)
USDTD10:49James 49 Yd Run (Levine kick)
VALPOTD09:25ALI-EL 75 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (WEINEL kick)
USDTD03:01Hoekstra 11 Yd Pass From Mills (Levine kick)
USDTD02:42Scudellari 3 Yd Run (Levine missed kick)
4th Quarter
USDTD11:18Scudellari 15 Yd Pass From Stompro (Levine kick)
Stats at a GlanceUSDVALPO
1st Downs2914
3rd Down Conversions9-155-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Passing (Comp-Att)248 (19-31)272 (19-42)
Rushing (Att)355 (52)35 (24)
Total Yards603307
Penalties3-305-37
Turnovers12
Fumbles Lost10
Interceptions02
Possession37:4622:14
Eric Hoffman takes the snap before throwing one of two second half touchdowns. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Hoffman takes the snap before throwing one of two second half touchdowns. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Touchdown drives on the first two possessions of the second half highlighted Valparaiso’s offense on Saturday afternoon but the Crusaders were not able to overcome a large halftime deficit in falling to San Diego 55-14 at Brown Field.

Gabe Ali-El (Randallstown, Md./Polytechnic Institute H.S.) had five catches out of the backfield for a career-high 118 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception, to lead the Valpo offensive attack.  He got behind the Torero defense and caught a pass from Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln H.S.) before racing down field to cut the Crusader deficit to 35-14 at the 9:25 mark of the third quarter.

“Ali-El did some good things for us on the field today,” head coach Dale Carlson said.  “He had a big reception which led to a score.”

Valpo had also scored on its first drive out of the locker room as Hoffman connected with Kelvin Smarwt (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Boca Ciega H.S.) from 23 yards out.  Hoffman had to scramble on the play but found Smarwt in the corner of the end zone for the team’s first score.

San Diego (5-1, 3-0 PFL) jumped on top quickly with the game’s first drive.  Kenny James went up the middle from four yards out for the first of three touchdown runs on the day.  He added scoring runs of 40 and 49 yards in the second and third quarters respectively and finished the day with 22 carries for 207 yards.

Mason Mills also added a pair of touchdown tosses to Sam Hoekstra, one in each half, while scrambling before running into the end zone for another first half score.  San Diego led 28-0 at intermission.

“We’re still very inconsistent,” Carlson added.  “We have got to get 11 guys winning their individual one on one battles each play.  We’re not winning on first down so it puts us in a hole and we’re not winning on third down.”

Nick Scudellari scored on a three-yard run following a Crusader interception late in the third quarter while Sam Scudellari caught a 15-yard pass from Bo Stompro for the game’s final score at the 11:18 mark of the fourth quarter.

Hoffman completed 14-of-26 passes for 213 yards, with Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont H.S.) making four grabs for 52 yards to go along with Ali-El’s big receiving day.  Valpo struggled on the ground, rushing 24 times for just 35 yards.

Mills completed 18-of-27 passes for 233 yards to pace the Toreros as San Diego registered 603 total yards for the game.  Valpo finished the day with 307 yards of offense.

One bright spot for the Crusaders on the afternoon was punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.).  He averaged 50.3 yards per punt on nine kicks, including a career-best 76-yarder to start the game.  He finished with four punts of 50 yards or more, including another 64-yarder.

“Greg had a great day punting the football,” Carlson concluded.  “He helped us out of some field position situations by turning the field around.”

Valparaiso (0-5, 0-2) will take to the road next Saturday afternoon, heading to Indianapolis, Ind. for the “Battle for the Hoosier Helmet” against longtime rival Butler.  Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CDT.

Game Notes: San Diego leads the all-time series 14-5 and has won eight straight meetings … Sean McCarty (Waukesha, Wis./West H.S.) had two catches for 47 yards and now has 956 yards for his career … Christopher Howard (Crown Point, Ind./Andrea H.S.), Dylan Storm (Denver, Colo./J.K. Mullen H.S.), Cody Gokan (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.), and Pat Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg H.S.) share team high honors with seven tackles each … Derbak had 2.5 tackles for loss … Cole Gridley (Redlands, Calif./Redlands H.S.) recovered his second career fumble and first of the season.

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 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 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