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.