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Valpo Drops Road Game at Saint Joseph's

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Valparaiso was unable to take advantage of several opportunities early in the game and committed several costly turnovers as the Crusaders fell to Saint Joseph's (Ind.) 43-14 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in Rensselaer, Ind.

The loss was the first of the season for the Crusaders away from Brown Field.

The Pumas jumped in front midway through the first quarter as Anthony Lindsey found Greg Ford down the left side for a 23-yard touchdown connection.

Valpo looked to answer immediately, driving 13 plays inside the Saint Joseph's five-yard line. A Puma sack on third-and-goal was nullified by a personal foul penalty, giving the Crusaders fresh life. However, an interception by Fred Blanton on the Puma three ended the threat.

The Crusader defense held, and Valpo's offense took over with good field position. After driving down inside the ten, the Puma's blocked a 23-yard field goal attempt and the game remained 7-0.

Saint Joseph's moved down field on the ensuing drive before settling for a 30-yard field goal off the foot of Michael Binder to increase the lead to 10-0. He added another field goal, this one from 41 yards, with just 51 seconds remaining in the first half as the Pumas took a 13-point advantage into the locker room.

Greg Ford increased the Pumas lead to 20-0 as he broke three tackles and found the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown run with 10:34 to play in the third quarter. Following a Crusader fumble, Lindsey hooked up with Julius Taylor for a five-yard scoring strike.

Trevor Jaskiw (Caro, Mich./Caro H.S.) made his first collegiate catch a memorable one with 6:00 to play in the third quarter, hauling in a 68-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia H.S.) to put the Brown and Gold on the scoreboard.

The Pumas added a safety with 2:31 remaining in the third as the Crusaders were called for intentional grounding in the end zone and the game headed into the final quarter with Saint Joseph's in front 29-7.

Lindsey threw his third touchdown pass of the day with a 14-yard touchdown toss to Dan Paulsen and Corrie Gregory blocked a punt and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown

Backup quarterback Zack Denny (Calumet City, Ill./Marian Catholic H.S.) led the Crusaders down field for a touchdown, scampering in from nine yards for his first career score. The sophomore carried the ball six times for 42 yards on the drive.

The Crusaders were held to just 94 yards rushing for the game and Doerffler finished 16-of-35 for 213 yards passing. Saint Joseph's totaled 401 total yards of offense with Lindsey throwing for 294 yards on 25-of-33 passing. Paulsen finished the game with 121 yards receiving.

The Crusaders were unable to take advantage of 11 Puma penalties in the game.

Valparaiso (2-4) will continue its three-game road trip next Saturday as the Crusaders head west to battle San Diego in Pioneer Football League action. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. CDT.
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