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Dayton Downs Valpo 49-10 Saturday Afternoon
Play Video Eric Slenk makes one of his three catches on the day. (Ray Acevedo)
Eric Slenk makes one of his three catches on the day. (Ray Acevedo)
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Valparaiso (0-8)
10/29/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 1243
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Dayton72171449
Valparaiso030710
Scoring
1st Quarter
UDTD08:57HARRIS 2 Yd Run (MILLER kick)
2nd Quarter
UDTD07:46BOYKIN 55 Yd Pass From BARDO (MILLER kick)
VALPOFG03:24WEINEL 31 Yd
UDTD00:54BARDO 5 Yd Run (MILLER kick)
UDTD00:19JOHNSON 44 Yd Pass From BARDO (MILLER kick)
3rd Quarter
UDTD14:48HUNTER (MILLER kick)
4th Quarter
UDTD11:06JACOB 33 Yd Run (MILLER kick)
UDTD04:31MACK 10 Yd Run (MILLER kick)
VALPOTD01:11TAIBI 41 Yd Pass From LEHMAN (WEINEL kick)
Stats at a GlanceUDVALPO
1st Downs2211
3rd Down Conversions8-153-14
4th Down Conversions0-21-2
Passing (Comp-Att)200 (15-22)179 (17-29)
Rushing (Att)262 (49)75 (30)
Total Yards462254
Penalties2-255-60
Turnovers03
Fumbles Lost01
Interceptions02
Possession35:5024:10
Sterling Summerville looks up field against the Flyers. (Ray Acevedo)
Sterling Summerville looks up field against the Flyers. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Valparaiso’s offense was unable to get on track until late in the game on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field as Dayton defeated the Crusaders 49-10.

Ben Lehman (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward Central Catholic H.S.) connected with Tony Taibi (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) deep down the left sideline with 1:11 to play in the game for a 41-yard touchdown pass, marking the first touchdowns both of their careers.

“It was good to see Lehman get the touchdown pass at the end,” head coach Dale Carlson said after the game.  “We have some good young receivers and Taibi got a chance to show what he could do.”

Unfortunately for the Crusaders, three Flyer touchdowns in a span of 1:06 between the second and third quarters proved too much to overcome.

Leading just 14-3 with under a minute to play in the first half, Dayton got a five-yard touchdown run from Will Bardo.  Valpo threw an interception just before the break and Bardo connected with Branden Johnson from 44 yards out with just 19 seconds remaining before intermission to give the Flyers a 28-3 lead at the break.

Gary Hunter returned the second half kickoff 88 yards for a score and the Flyers built a 32-point advantage.

“That kickoff return to start the second half was a big momentum shift,” Carlson added.

Dayton scored first on a two-yard run by Taylor Harris on the Flyers’ opening drive before Valpo’s defense stiffened.  The Flyers added a touchdown at the 7:46 mark of the second quarter on a 55-yard pass from Bardo to Jordan Boykin before the Crusaders cut into the deficit.

Adam Weinel (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands H.S.) kicked his first collegiate touchdown, a 31-yarder, with 3:24 to play in the half and pulled the Brown and Gold within 11 before the Flyers went on their run.

“I thought our defense was playing well early,” Carlson said.  “We need both sides to play well and contribute and the offense was not doing it.”

Dayton added fourth quarter touchdown runs by Dan Jacob and Brian Mack before Valpo’s late touchdown.

Valpo finished the game with 254 total yards with Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln H.S.) completing 14-of 25 passes for 118 yards and rushing for another 39. 

Bardo was 15-of-22 for 200 yards for Dayton (6-3, 4-2 PFL) as the Flyers racked up 476 yards for the game, including 276 on the ground.

“We gave up some big plays today and it hurt us,” Carlson concluded.  “We’re still inconsistent.  We play well for a few series and then give up a big play.”

Valparaiso (0-8, 0-5) returns to the road next Saturday afternoon, traveling to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to battle Marist.  Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT.

Game Notes: Dayton leads the all-time series 19-2 and has won eight straight … Pat Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg H.S.), Valpo’s leading tackler on the season, led Valpo with 10 stops … Taibi led Valpo with 41 yards receiving … Hoffman’s 39 yards rushing were a career high … Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian H.S.), Cole Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian H.S.), and Sterling Summerville (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) led Valpo with three catches each … the Crusader defense registered eight tackles for loss.

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M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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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
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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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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
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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
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)
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
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May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
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