David Macchi, Valpo's all-time leader in total offense and passing yards, has signed a professional contract to play quarterback for the Bergamo Lions in Italy. Macchi, who established 11 school records, helped the Crusaders capture the Pioneer Football League Championship in 2003.
Valparaiso University head football coach Tom Horne announced the appointment of Stan Rettew as defensive coordinator.
Valparaiso University's Bill Marshall was selected as the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Crusaders' 33-0 season finale victory over Aurora.
On Saturday, Valpo will entertain Aurora at 12:30 p.m. in the season finale. Crusader players, coaches and fans will say goodbye to 17 seniors who will be playing their final collegiate game.
Valparaiso University football players Chris Daniels and Kevin Knutson were selected to the CoSida Academic All-District V University Division Team by the district's sports information directors.
Jeff Horton rushed for a career-high 211 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Doerffler passed for two scores as Valpo defeated Butler 31-26.
On Saturday, the annual rivalry game at 1 p.m. between Valpo and Butler at Valpo's Brown Field carries an extra incentive. The winner of the Parents' Day contest will earn its first Pioneer Football League victory of the season in the final conference game of the 2004 campaign.
Connor Jostes threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another to lead Drake to a 37-10 Pioneer Football League victory over Valpo. The Crusaders scored their touchdown on a 5-yard run by Joe Milazzo in the fourth quarter. Andrew McCawley added a 47-yard field goal in the final period.
Valpo is looking for its first win of the Pioneer Football League season when it travels to Des Moines, Iowa to oppose first-place Drake. The contest is the final road game of the regular season.
Todd Mortensen passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another as San Diego defeated Valpo 49-14. Valpo (3-5, 0-2 PFL) scored its touchdowns on a 4-yard pass from Dustin Shamburg to Kenny Keil and on a 5-yard run by Jeff Horton.
Valpo will head to the west coast to play San Diego on Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. PT).
Marques Warner and Ryan Wrobleski rushed for two touchdowns each to lead Dayton past Valpo 38-7 on Homecoming. Rob Giancola scored the Crusaders' touchdown - a 16-yard pass from Ryan Doerffler - and needs five points to become the school's all-time leading scorer.
Valpo (3-3, 0-0 PFL North) opens Pioneer Football League North Division action on Saturday by hosting Dayton (4-1, 0-0 PFL North) on Homecoming beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Morehead State scored 23 points off turnovers as the Eagles defeated Valpo 29-23. Valpo scored 16 fourth-quarter points to pull within six with over three minutes left. The Crusaders (3-3) scored their touchdowns on a 2-yard pass from Dustin Shamburg to Matt Van Daele, a 2-yard pass from Ryan Doerffler to Jeff Horton, and a 13-yard pass from Doerffler to Kevin Knutson.
Memories of last year's Pioneer Football League title game will be present when Valpo (3-2) travels to play at Morehead State (1-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).
Jeff Horton rushed for a career-high 125 yards and one touchdown and Dustin Shamburg tossed two touchdown passes to Kevin Knutson as Valpo (3-2) defeated Jacksonville 54-38.
On Saturday, Valpo looks to get back into the win column when it hosts Jacksonville at noon.
Valparaiso University punter Joe Blahowicz was selected as the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week.
Anthony Doria completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Luke Palko with two seconds left in the fourth quarter as Saint Francis (PA) defeated Valpo 17-13. Kevin Knutson caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Joe Milazzo and Saladine Washington ran for a 1-yard score for Valpo (2-2).
Following two straight victories at home, Valpo (2-1) travels to play Saint Francis (PA) on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT). The Crusaders are coming off a 24-14 win over Austin Peay last Saturday.
Joe Milazzo rushed for one touchdown and passed for another as Valpo (2-1) used a 10-point third quarter to defeat Austin Peay 24-14.
Valpo (1-1) will play its second consecutive home game on Saturday against Austin Peay (0-1) beginning at noon.
Valparaiso University's Brandon Sturman was selected as the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Crusaders' 41-0 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran Saturday.
The Crusaders begin a six-game home slate on Saturday by hosting Wisconsin Lutheran at 1 p.m.
Kyle Steffes rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries as North Dakota State defeated Valpo 52-0 in the season opener.
After a storybook 2003 Pioneer Football League Championship season, the Valparaiso University football team plays its season opener on Saturday at North Dakota State in Fargo. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at NDSU's Fargodome.
Valparaiso University football will host Wisconsin Lutheran on Sept. 4 beginning at 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Wisconsin Lutheran's stadium in Milwaukee, but the new facility will not be completed by the date of the contest.