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Valpo Heads to Morehead State For Season Finale
The Crusaders head to Morehead State for the season finale. (William Liu)
The Crusaders head to Morehead State for the season finale. (William Liu)
Valparaiso (1-10)
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Morehead State (4-7)
11/17/2012 | Morehead, Ky. | Attendance: 1607
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Scoring
1st Quarter
MORTD10:20SAWYER 33 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
MORTD06:09STANLEY 3 Yd Run (DUZAN missed kick)
MORTD02:51BORNHAUSER 80 Yd Run (DUZAN kick)
2nd Quarter
MORTD12:37SAWYER 1 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
MORTD10:59SCOTT (DUZAN kick)
VALPOTD06:36HUTSON 3 Yd Run (PANDO kick)
MORTD06:19SAWYER (DUZAN kick)
VALPOFG01:57PANDO 27 Yd
MORTD00:56BORNHAUSER 53 Yd Pass From LEWIS (DUZAN kick)
3rd Quarter
MORTD13:37SAWYER 64 Yd Pass From GOLDSMITH (DUZAN kick)
MORTD13:26LESTER (DUZAN kick)
VALPOTD07:15ANDERSON 9 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (PANDO kick)
4th Quarter
MORTD07:33STANLEY 8 Yd Run (DUZAN kick)
VALPOTD04:32BAKER 37 Yd Pass From LEHMAN (PANDO kick)
MORTD00:53SLUPSKI 2 Yd Run (DUZAN kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOMOR
1st Downs2925
3rd Down Conversions8-209-11
4th Down Conversions3-41-1
Passing (Comp-Att)269 (32-53)348 (20-24)
Rushing (Att)180 (39)348 (38)
Total Yards449696
Penalties7-509-94
Turnovers32
Fumbles Lost12
Interceptions20
Possession38:0821:52

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Valparaiso (1-9, 1-6 PFL)
Game #11: Saturday, Nov. 17 - Noon
Morehead State (3-7, 2-5 PFL)
Jayne Stadium (10,000 - Astroturf Gameday Grass) - Morehead, Ky.

This Week in Crusader Football: The Crusaders wrap up the football season with a road contest against Morehead State on Saturday afternoon. A win against the Eagles would be the team’s first in a regular season finale since 2006.

Previously: The Crusaders battled through a 43-minute lightning delay Saturday before losing in overtime, 28-27, against Davidson College at Brown Field. Tanner Kuramata caught a touchdown pass from Eric Hoffman on the first possession of overtime, but after a missed extra point and a penalty, the Wildcats got in the end zone three plays later and earned the one-point win. It was the Crusaders first overtime game since 2008 and the first in Dale Carlson’s tenure.

On the Air: For the eighth straight season, the Valpo Sports Radio Network will be home to all 11 Crusader football games in 2012. All 11 games can be heard live on WAKE (1500 AM, Valparaiso), online through www.valpoathletics.com or by downloading the WAKE Radio app for Android or iPhone devices. Todd Ickow will handle all the play-by-play with Travis Lucian adding color commentary.

Head Coach Dale Carlson: Dale Carlson is 2-30 in his third season with the Crusaders and 112-133-3 overall entering his 24th season as a collegiate head coach. He arrived at Valpo from Ohio Dominican where he 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 the 16th head coach in Valpo history, and just the seventh since 1946.

Series Notes: Morehead State leads the all-time series between the two schools 14-3 dating back to 1996. The Eagles have won the last five meetings, including a 38-14 win in week four last season. Valpo’s last win in the series came in 2006, a 42-35 victory on the road. The two schools met in the 2003 PFL Championship game at Brown Field, with the Crusaders earning a 54-42 win.

Scouting Morehead State: Morehead State was picked to finish eighth in the Pioneer Football League Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Eagles, who boast the top scoring offense (34.6 ppg) in the PFL, return from the West Coast where they dropped a 41-28 decision against San Diego. Overall, the Eagles come in winners of two of their last three games. MSU is 3-2 at home this season, averaging 42.8 points per game at Jayne Stadium. The Eagles are led by senior quarterback Zach Lewis who is third in the PFL in passing yards (274.8 yards/game) while sophomore running back, Rees Macshara, is the PFL’s second leading rusher, averaging more than 80 yards per contest. Linebacker Jordan Hendrix enters as the league’s leading tackler with 112 stops on the season.

Last Season: The Crusaders captured their first win of the Dale Carlson era in the home finale last year by defeating Campbell, 34-31. Valpo ended the season 1-10 and 1-7 in PFL play, but returns plenty of experience for 2012, as six starters are back on both sides of the ball.

Grask Wraps Them Up: With a game-high and career-high 15 tackles against Davidson, defensive back Alex Grask has now been the team’s leading tackler eight times this season. The junior has five double-digit tackles efforts and ranks fourth in the PFL, averaging 10.4 tackles per game.

Derbak Attack: Junior linebacker Pat Derbak had one of the top tackling games of his career against Davidson College. Derbak tallied a career-best 13 stops against the Wildcats. Eight of his tackles were solo and three went for a loss.

Wood Dazzles Again: Senior punter Greg Wood was named the Pioneer Football League co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Davidson College. Wood averaged a PFL single-game best 48.9 yards per punt, two of which traveled more than 60 yards. All eight of his kicks pinned Davidson inside its own 25 yard line.

PFL Championship Rematch: Valpo won its first-ever outright PFL Championship when it defeated Morehead State 54-42 in the PFL title game on Nov. 22, 2003. It was an offensive battle as the two teams combined for 956 total yards - 488 by Valpo and 468 for Morehead State. Former Crusader quarterback David Macchi, the program’s all-time leading passer, had a big game, throwing for 360 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for a game-high 88 yards and two scores. The Crusaders had never played in a conference championship game dating back to 1919.

Pay Dirt for Hutson: Redshirt freshman running back Jake Hutson scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season last Saturday against Davidson. Last season, the Crusaders amassed seven rushing touchdowns as a team. The seven touchdowns is the most by a Crusader running back since Ross Wiemer scored 10 touchdowns on the ground in 2008.

Wildcats Exact Revenge: The Crusaders overtime loss against Davidson was the team’s first overtime game since beating the Wildcats 35-29 in overtime in October of 2008.

Team Captains: Valpo entered the 2012 season with a pair of captains, with senior tight end Mike Gerton representing the offense and senior cornerback Alan Porter Jr. representing the defense. Due to a season-ending injury to Porter, junior safety Alex Grask has been appointed defensive captain for the rest of the season.

Crusaders Picked Tenth in Preseason Poll: The head coaches selected Valparaiso to finish tenth in the Pioneer Football League this season according to the preseason poll. The prognosticators selected San Diego to take home the 2012 championship.


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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M 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 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