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Big Plays Lead Dayton Past Valpo

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Maat Mong rushed for three touchdowns and Dayton returned both a fumble and punt for a touchdown as the Flyers defeated Valparaiso 52-7 on Saturday afternoon at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.

Valpo trailed by just 14 late in the first half, and was driving for a touchdown when the Crusaders fumbled, which was returned for a score and changing the momentum.

Dayton took the opening kickoff and marched down field. Valpo's defense forced a 4th-and-2 at the Crusader 29 but the Flyers went for it. Ryan Wrobleski took an end around from his wide receiver position and scampered down the right sideline for a touchdown to cap off the ten play drive to put Dayton in front.

After the Crusaders were held on their first possession, Wrobleski took the punt and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown, breaking several tackles in the process and put the Flyers in front 14-0 with 7:22 left in the first quarter.

Valpo's offense struck quickly following the punt return. On the third play of the drive, Ryan Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Dwenger H.S.) found a wide open Steve Ogden (Wauwatosa, Wis./West H.S.) about 30 yards down field. The redshirt freshman hauled in the pass and raced the rest of the way for a 62-yard scoring strike.

Just before the end of the first quarter, the Crusaders forced a 3rd-and-11at the Dayton 25 before Kevin Hoyng kept the ball and scrambled before racing 64 yards to set up a Flyer score early in the second. Mong scored from 1 yard out to increase the lead to 21-7.

Just before halftime, Doerffler and Ogden hooked up once again. A 50-yard pass down the right side set the Crusaders up first and goal at the Flyer five. With the Crusaders knocking on the door to close within a score at the break, Doerffler scrambled on the next play, ran to the one and was hit, fumbling the football. Brandon Cramer picked up the football and raced 98 yards for the fumble return touchdown to put Dayton (7-1, 2-1 PFL North) up 28-7 at intermission.

The Flyers added three points on the first possession of the second half as Josh Heyne converted a 20-yard field goal to push the lead to 24. Mong tallied his second one-yard run of the game for a score on the ensuing possession and Robert Dence followed with a 23-yard touchdown run as Dayton extended its lead to 45-7 after three quarters.

Mong's third touchdown score of the day was a 32-yard run on a 4th-and-1 with 9:03 left in the game to cap off the scoring.

Ogden finished the game with three catches for 129 yards for the Crusaders and Joe Blahowicz (Buffalo, N.Y./Alden H.S.) grabbed three passes for 61 yards. Doerffler completed 12-of-26 for 207 yards while Jeff Horton (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran North H.S.) led the way rushing with 16 carries for 60 yards.

Hoyng led Dayton with 85 yards rushing while completing 8-of-13 for 104 yards.

Valpo finished the game with 266 yards of total offense, but just 61 after halftime. Dayton tallied 493 yards of offense, including 368 on the ground.

Valparaiso (2-6, 1-1 PFL North) will return home to Brown Field next Saturday after playing three of the last four games on the road. The Crusaders will entertain San Diego with kickoff set for 12 p.m.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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