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Marist Jumps Out to Early Lead, Controls Second Half in 37-0 Win over Valpo
Dale Cook had a pair of tackles Saturday versus Marist.
Dale Cook had a pair of tackles Saturday versus Marist.
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Marist Red Foxes (3-2)
10/5/2013 | Poughkeepsie, N.Y. | Attendance: 2089
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Scoring
1st Quarter
MARTD10:16 1 Yd Run ( kick)
MARTD09:22 ( kick)
2nd Quarter
MARTD09:39 49 Yd Pass From ( kick)
3rd Quarter
MARFG10:45 41 Yd
MARTD05:11Diomede 10 Yd Pass From ( kick)
4th Quarter
MARTD05:40 4 Yd Run ( missed kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOMAR
1st Downs1222
3rd Down Conversions4-147-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Passing (Comp-Att)127 (18-30)250 (19-24)
Rushing (Att)42 (29)159 (42)
Total Yards169409
Penalties9-736-71
Turnovers32
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions21
Possession28:5328:30

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Freshman Brandon Doepke (Fitchburg, Wis./Madison West) had a breakout game Saturday afternoon against Marist, but the Crusaders were unable to put any points on the scoreboard as they fell 37-0 to the Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie, New York. Doepke, along with sophomore Alex Green (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) and John Guilford (Spencer,Ohio/Black River) each recorded at least ten tackles as the defense kept the Brown and Gold in the game until late in the second half.

"I was disappointed with how we played today. The score is not indicative of the effort our defense gave. Marist did a good job stopping our offensive attack which is something we're going to have to improve for Mercer next week," head coach Dale Carlson said. 

On their first possession of the game, the Red Foxes let Atiq Lucas do much of the heavy lifting. The running back broke loose for a 37-yard carry on the first play. A 22-yard completion from Charlie Looney to Bartley Leneghan granted Marist a goal-to-go situation at the Valpo 1. Lucas was called upon again as he dove across the plane to give Marist a quick 7-0 lead.

The Crusader offense was just getting its bearings when quarterback Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) completed a short pass to freshman Denzell Conway (New Orleans, La./Mary Institute Country Day [Mo.]) who had the ball jarred loose by cornerback Zach Quarles. Paul Sakowski scooped up the fumble and ran it 18 yards for a touchdown, giving Marist a 14-0 lead after five minutes and 38 seconds of play.

Valpo assembled a lengthy drive on its ensuing possession. Hoffman went 8-for-8 as he dispersed passes to four different receivers but an aggressive Marist defense got to the QB on a 3rd and 6 for a ten-yard sack. The loss on the play moved the Crusaders back to the Marist 37 and they were forced to punt. 

The defense forced a quick three-and-out from the Red Foxes and a 29-yard punt to the 42-yard line of Marist essentially gave Valpo the same field position it had just sacrificed.

Valparaiso held the ball for twelve minutes in the first quarter but trailed 14-0.

Hoffman and the rest of the offense took over and converted a key 3rd down pass to Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont) to advance into the red zone. Sophomore running back Brandon Hall (Muskegon, Mich./Orchard View), in for an injured Jake Hutson, burst ahead for nine yards and a goal-to-go scenario.

However, on first down, Hoffman threw a pass intended for Kuramata, but Quarles was there to pick it off for a touchback.

Thanks to a 49-yard touchdown reception on the first play of a drive later in the quarter, Marist took a 21-0 lead into the half.

The Red Foxes had possession of the ball for just 6:09 of the first half, a trend that took a complete 180-degree turn in the second half.

Marist added three insurance points on its first possession of the second half via a 41-yard field goal to cap an eight-play drive. Valpo followed with a four play, 1:40 drive that resulted in an Alex Kozlowski (Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) punt. 

Looney tossed his second touchdown pass of the day on the following Red Fox possession. The quarterback threw for 65 of the 75 total yards on the eight-play drive. The ten-yard touchdown connection to David Diomede made it 31-0 and put the game in hand for Marist.

Spelling relief for Lucas, Red Fox running back Jared Lynch recorded a rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 37-0. 

Overall, Marist had a 22:21-7:39 time of possession advantage in the second half. After establishing a three-score lead, the Red Foxes were content to pound the ball on the ground and bleed out the clock.

Hoffman finished the afternoon 18 of 29 for 127 yards and two interceptions. A blitz-happy Marist defense sacked him six times and instilled constant pressure on the quarterback. Andrew Cassara (Mokena, Ill./Aurora Christian) corralled eight passes on the afternoon, a season-high for the junior receiver. Hall registered 68 yards on 14 carries, averaging a shade under five yards per rush. 

Melvin Graham III (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) had a highly productive day as he compiled six tackles, recovered a fumble, and picked off a Duell Smith pass attempt.

For the third time in five games, Green led the Crusader defense in tackles. He added 14 to his stat sheet Saturday.

Valparaiso (1-4, 1-1 PFL) will travel to Macon, Georgia next Saturday to challenge the Mercer Bears (4-1) in an 11:00 am CT kickoff.

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
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
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
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
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
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
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo