On the season's final edition of Valpo Football Preview, head coach Dave Cecchini and broadcaster Todd Ickow recap a dramatic season finale, which propelled the Crusaders to their first winning season since 2003, discuss the contributions of this year's senior class and look ahead to what could be an even better 2018.
After taking a team that was picked to finish 10th of 11 in the Pioneer Football League to its first winning season since 2003, Valparaiso University football coach Dave Cecchini has been named one of 18 finalists for the 2017 STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award, which is given annually to the FCS Coach of the Year.
The farewell tour for nine Valparaiso University football seniors had a majestic final stop on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
Play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow chats with head coach Dave Cecchini about winning the Hoosier Helmet and the chance to finish with Valpo's first winning season since 2003 with a win on Saturday.
Going on the road to defeat rival Butler and winning the Hoosier Helmet? That’s hard to top. But sending off the seniors by beating perennial Pioneer Football League power Dayton at Brown Field to secure the program’s first winning season since 2003? That’d be about as special as it gets. The stage is set for what figures to be a competitive showdown between two evenly-matched teams who enter the game with identical records both overall and in league play. The Crusaders would enjoy nothing more than to craft an unforgettable ending to a memorable season.
Valparaiso University sophomore Dimitrios Latsonas added to an already enjoyable weekend for the Crusader kicker on Sunday afternoon, as he was named the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week.
The list of milestones the Valparaiso University football team reached with Saturday’s victory is a lengthy one, but the day can easily be summarized in one sentence that has a nice ring to it: The Hoosier Helmet is coming back to Valparaiso. The Crusaders knocked off rival Butler 36-28 at the Sellick Bowl, in the process reaching five wins for the first time since 2007, notching their fourth league win in a single year for the first time since 1968 and moving within one victory of their first winning season since 2003.
There's no game on the calendar quite like Valpo against Butler - broadcaster Todd Ickow and head coach Dave Cecchini look ahead to Saturday's Battle for the Hoosier Helmet on this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview.
For the Valparaiso University football team, every game is important. But there’s one game each year where the stakes are higher than any other. The Hoosier Helmet and the bragging rights that go along with it will be on the line on Saturday as the Crusaders head to Indianapolis to meet their instate rivals, the Butler Bulldogs.
On a day where the defense did its part and the offense moved the football, turnovers hurt the Valparaiso University football team in a 20-17 loss to Jacksonville at D.B. Milne Field in Florida. Kyle Cartales was Valpo’s offensive standout, rushing for 63 yards while picking up 67 through the air, while Nick Turner racked up 10 tackles to pace the defense.
On this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview, play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow checks in with head coach Dave Cecchini in advance of this week's game at Jacksonville. They also look back at last week's 63-32 win over Morehead State.
The Valparaiso University football team will look to carry its recent home success on to the road with it as the Crusaders travel for the first time since Oct. 7 for Saturday’s game in Jacksonville. Valpo is coming off its most dominant two-game stretch of PFL play ever, scoring 112 points in two games to down Marist and Morehead State at Brown Field.
The Valparaiso University football team has turned heads over the course of the season – and the program’s progress hasn’t gone unnoticed. The latest recognition for Valpo football rolled in on Sunday as the team was named the STATS FCS Team of the Week.
For the second straight game, Valparaiso University sophomore quarterback Jimmy Seewald turned in a performance worthy of the Pioneer Football League’s Offensive Player of the Week Award.
The 2017 Valparaiso University team continued to establish new precedents on a chilly Saturday at Brown Field. The Crusaders once again did something no Valpo team had done before – this time scoring over 60 points in a Pioneer Football League game. Valpo dominated visiting Morehead State 63-32, turning in the fifth-highest scoring output in program history and the highest since 1996. The Crusaders forced six turnovers and racked up 597 yards of offense in the win.
Head coach Dave Cecchini joins play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow to look ahead to Saturday's game against Morehead State.
The Valparaiso University football team will look to sustain its recent home success this week when it welcomes Morehead State to Brown Field for a Pioneer Football League showdown. The Crusaders come into the contest well rested after enjoying a bye week and will look to pick up a victory in a head-to-head matchup that has been tightly contested in recent years
Head coach Dave Cecchini sits down with play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow to look back at a wild Saturday at Brown Field that featured a 49-15 win over Marist.
Valparaiso University quarterback Jimmy Seewald was recognized as the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday for his efforts in Saturday’s convincing win over Marist.
The Valparaiso University football team dominated every aspect of a 49-15 victory over Marist on a stormy Saturday at Brown Field. The Crusader defense set the tone by forcing six turnovers including five interceptions, and the offense did the rest, racking up 475 total yards and scoring 49 points against a Marist program against whom Valpo had scored a total of 28 points in six all-time meetings before Saturday.
Head coach Dave Cecchini talks with Todd Ickow about last week's game at Campbell and looks ahead to this week's matchup with Marist.
The Valparaiso University football team will begin a three-week stretch that features a pair of home games sandwiched around a bye week by hosting Marist on Saturday. The Crusaders find themselves back at Brown Field, where they’ve had strong success this season, recording a Homecoming win over Stetson and coming within five points of scholarship foe Duquesne.
The Valparaiso University football team ran into a talented, complete Campbell team on Saturday afternoon at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C., as the Camels continued their run of recent dominance in the Pioneer Football League with a 49-10 victory over the Crusaders. Campbell is playing in its final season in the PFL before transitioning to the scholarship Big South Conference.
Head coach Dave Cecchini chats with play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow about last week's Homecoming win over Stetson and this week's game at Campbell.
The Valparaiso University football team will make the trip to Campbell this week to take on the Fighting Camels for the last time as Pioneer Football League foes. The Crusaders will look to build on last week’s Homecoming victory and secure back-to-back PFL wins for the first time since 2003.
Following Saturday’s thrilling 27-24 Homecoming victory over Stetson, the Valparaiso University football team captured its first Pioneer Football League weekly honor of the season on Sunday.
Before Saturday’s Homecoming game against Stetson, Valparaiso University football head coach Dave Cecchini identified three keys to success – turnovers, penalties and special teams. The goals of winning those areas were seemingly prophetic as they propelled the Crusaders to a dramatic 27-24 victory over the Hatters at Brown Field. The list of key plays for the Crusaders over the course of the afternoon is lengthy, but no play was larger than an interception by redshirt senior J.J. Nunes with 1:50 left, squashing a Stetson drive that had reached the Valpo 12 yard-line.
Head coach Dave Cecchini joins Todd Ickow to get you ready for Saturday's homecoming game against Stetson.
It’s a new week and a new game as the Valparaiso University football team turns the page to this week’s matchup with Stetson, which will take place at Brown Field on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders have hopes of repeating their success against the Hatters from a year ago and in the process washing away the memory of last week’s second half against Drake. It’s an important day as the Crusaders play in the annual homecoming football game.
The Valparaiso University football team looked like the group fans saw the first three weeks of the season in the first half of Saturday’s Pioneer Football League opener at Drake, but a veteran Bulldogs team pulled away after halftime for a 38-13 victory over the Crusaders. After amassing 237 first-half yards and trailing just 17-13 at the break, the Valpo offense was stymied in the second half.
Head coach Dave Cecchini joins the voice of the Crusaders Todd Ickow to discuss Saturday's win over Trinity International and preview this week's Pioneer Football League opener against Drake.
Pioneer Football League play will get underway on Saturday as the Valparaiso University football team begins the league slate with a trip to Drake. The Crusaders enter this week with a chance to do something no Valpo football team has done before – earn a win at Drake. They’ll also attempt to spoil Drake’s homecoming game.
The Valparaiso University football team entered the win column in resounding fashion on Saturday afternoon, pulling away for a 44-10 victory over Trinity International at Leslie Frazier Field in Deerfield, Ill. Sophomore Cody Boxrucker had three touchdown runs, senior Frank Catrine scored twice and senior Jarrett Morgan shattered a career high with 127 rushing yards. The Crusaders utilized a balanced attack, rushing for 266 yards and passing for 252 to total 511 yards of offense.
Head coach Dave Cecchini chats with Todd Ickow about last week's thrilling game against Duquesne and previews this week's trip to Trinity International.
The Valparaiso University football team will round out nonleague play with one final tune-up before Pioneer Football League action kicks off next week. It’s the back end of a home-and-home as the Crusaders look to repeat their success from last year’s Brown Field meeting with Trinity International. The Crusaders enter this game ranked second in the nation in passing offense at 377 yards per game.
Valparaiso University will hold a Valpo Alumni Reception prior to Saturday’s football game at Trinity International University.
The Valparaiso University football team surpassed 500 yards of offense and put together a late rally to give scholarship foe Duquesne everything it could handle on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, as the Dukes held on for dear life to secure a heart-pounding 45-40 win over the Crusaders. Valpo’s record may show 0-2, but a closer look at the outcomes reveals the best start to a Valpo football season in recent memory.
Valparaiso University Athletics has announced an exciting slate of promotions for the 2017 football season, beginning with the home opener on Saturday against Duquesne. All five home games kick off at 1 p.m. CT.
The Valparaiso University football team will crank up the home portion of the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon as Duquesne comes to town. The Crusaders will take the field at home in a game situation for the first time since the 2016 season finale against Jacksonville, a thrilling 42-39 win. This marks the first of five Brown Field dates this year.
After a strong Week 1 showing at Montana, the Valparaiso University football team is set for its home opener on Saturday at Brown Field at 1 p.m. Play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow chatted with head coach Dave Cecchini to look back at the game against the Grizzlies and ahead to Week 2 against Duquesne.
The Valparaiso University football team held the lead midway through the second quarter and faced just a four-point halftime deficit, but full-scholarship Big Sky foe Montana pulled away for a 45-23 victory on Saturday. The Crusaders enjoyed their most competitive visit to a full-scholarship team in recent memory, displaying numerous bright spots against a premier FCS program.
Head coach Dave Cecchini sits down with play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow to preview the season opener at Montana.
The Valparaiso University football team will kick off the new season on Saturday afternoon at Montana. This marks the beginning of a much-anticipated fourth season under Dave Cecchini and his staff, as the Crusaders bring back their most experienced group yet in an effort to build upon last year’s four-win campaign.
When comparing the Valparaiso University football team entering the 2017 season to where it was at this time in years past, there’s no doubt in the minds of players and coaches that the state of the program is far different.
With the season opener at Montana now less than two weeks away, the Valparaiso University football team held its annual media day at Brown Field on Monday. As part of the festivities, head coach Dave Cecchini addressed reporters to update camp and preview the upcoming season.
Ask any seasoned member of the 2017 Valparaiso University football team what stands out going into the start of fall camp on Wednesday, and the consensus is clear.
The Valparaiso University football team boasts three players on the 2017 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team, which was announced on Tuesday.
The Valparaiso University football team has been picked to finish 10th in the 11-team Pioneer Football League, according to a preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. The league released the poll on Monday and will announce its preseason All-PFL team on Tuesday.
Valparaiso University football coach Dave Cecchini has announced the addition of Rob Tulcin to his coaching staff as the team’s linebackers coach. Tulcin spent the last three seasons at the University of Chicago as a defensive assistant for the Maroons.