The Valparaiso University football team had its best rushing performance in seven years on Saturday, racking up 299 yards on the ground in a 41-28 defeat to Pioneer Football League powerhouse Dayton at Brown Field. Quarterback Chris Duncan (Woodland Hills, Calif. / Woodland Hills-Taft) had his most productive day of the year, highlighting the reunion game between head coach Landon Fox and his former colleagues at Dayton.
When Valparaiso University football coach Landon Fox glances at the visiting sideline on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, he’ll see old friends turned new foes. After spending the last 11 seasons on staff at the University of Dayton, Fox is in his first year at the helm of the Valpo football program. This week, his former players and Dayton colleagues will provide the opposition as he attempts to garner his first victory as a head coach.
This week, head coach Landon Fox will coach against his former team as Valpo football hosts Dayton. He talks about that and more on this edition of Valpo Football Weekly!
Senior Dimitrios Latsonas (Westmont, Ill. / Westmont) connected twice from longer than 40 yards in the second quarter of Saturday’s game, but that was the extent of the scoring for the Valparaiso University football team in a 35-6 defeat to Drake in the Pioneer Football League opener. Fifth-year senior Nick Turner (Gurnee, Ill. / Warren Township) was again the team’s leading tackler, racking up 10 including 3.5 tackles for a loss.
Now the games really start counting for the Valparaiso University football team. The Brown & Gold will be thrown right into the fire in Pioneer Football League play to begin head coach Landon Fox’s first season as the squad faces the top three teams in the PFL Preseason Poll over the first three weeks of league action, including two road dates. That gauntlet starts with a trip to Drake, which has long proved to be a tough place to play for Valpo football.
Each team had a touchdown in the first 10 minutes, but it was all field goals from then on out on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field. Charleston produced four field goals to Valpo’s two, accounting for a 19-13 win for the Golden Eagles on Homecoming Saturday at Valparaiso University. The Valpo defense forced three first-half turnovers to highlight the day for the hosts.
Homecoming festivities will get underway on Friday afternoon as Valparaiso University host its Kickoff Luncheon with head coach Landon Fox ahead of this weekend’s events.
Valpo Football coach Landon Fox checks in with Brandon Vickrey in advance of this week's Homecoming game.