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Football Travels to Dayton Saturday to Battle the Flyers
Bobby Wysocki found the end zone last Saturday against Drake. (Ray Acevedo)
Bobby Wysocki found the end zone last Saturday against Drake. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Valparaiso (0-4, 0-0 PFL)
Game #5: Saturday, Oct. 2, 12 p.m. CDT
at Dayton (3-1, 1-0 PFL)
Welcome Stadium (11,000 - Field Turf) - Dayton, Ohio

This Week in Crusader Football: After back-to-back weeks at home, Valparaiso returns to the road on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders visit the Buckeye State to battle Dayton.  Valpo is looking for its first victory of the season after suffering a narrow two-point setback last week against Drake.

On the Air:
For the sixth straight season the Valpo Sports Radio Network will be home to all 11 Crusader football games in 2010.  The Valpo Sports Radio Network consists of WAKE (1500-AM, Valparaiso) and WE-FM (95.9-FM, Michigan City).  Todd Ickow will handle all the play-by-play with Ryan Wronkowicz adding the color commentary this week.  The game can also be heard live online at www.valpoathletics.com.  Live stats will also be available for the game through www.valpoathletics.com.

Head Coach Dale Carlson: Dale Carlson is 0-4 in his first season with the Crusaders and 110-107-3 overall entering his 22nd season as a collegiate head coach.  He arrived at Valpo from Ohio Dominican where he was 7-3 last season and 36-27 over six years.  Carlson began the Ohio Dominican program from scratch in 2004, just as he did at Tri-State University prior to his tenure with the Panthers.  He is now the 16th head coach in Valpo history, and just the seventh since 1946.

Series Notes: Valparaiso and Dayton are meeting for the 20th time in a series that dates back to 1988.  The Flyers have won the last six meetings between the two schools, including a 38-7 victory over the Crusaders last season at Brown Field.  Valpo’s last win in the series came on October 11, 2003, a 33-28 triumph in Dayton as part of the Crusaders last Pioneer Football League championship season.

Wrapping Up Drake: The Crusaders fell behind 21-6 following the first play of the second half after the Bulldogs returned an interception for a touchdown, but Valpo battled back before falling 21-19 last Saturday on Homecoming at Brown Field.  Bobby Wysocki and Chris Giehon both had touchdown runs and Nate Goergen found Sean McCarty for an eight-yard touchdown pass.  Valpo had the ball in the closing minutes, but turned the ball over on downs as the Brown and Gold approached midfield.

Scouting Dayton:
The Flyers have won back-to-back games following a 45-13 victory over Central State last Saturday.  Dayton is a perfect 3-0 at home this season, and has scored at least 28 points in each of its four contests this year.  Steve Valentino leads the Flyer offensive attack.  The senior quarterback has thrown for 783 yards and seven touchdowns already this season while rushing for 255 more yards and a pair of scores.  Defensively, Devon Langhorst has 26 total tackles, including 4.5 for loss.  Three of the tackles for loss have been quarterback sacks and he has three other hurries.

The Nation’s Best Getting in the Backfield: Valparaiso has already registered 36 total tackles for loss this season after recording 13 more last week against Drake.  The 9.0 average per game is tied with Texas Southern, Murray State, and Saint Francis (Pa.) for best in all of NCAA I-FCS.  The Crusaders registered a season-high 14 tackles for loss at Franklin on September 11.  Valpo is also tied for 15th in the nation, and shares the PFL lead, with 2.75 sacks per contest as well. 

Sharing the Wealth Behind the Line: A variety of players have participated in the act of registering tackles for loss this season.  While Grant Bushong leads the way with 4.5, 20 different players have recorded at least a share of a stop behind the line of scrimmage this year. 

Walking Wounded: Valpo has suffered a rash of injuries already this season which has affected nearly every part of the game.  A total of 36 different players have already drawn starting assignments.  Not one position has been immune from the injuries, as even a punter (Greg Wood) and return specialist (Tim Bennett) have been sidelined.

Defense Steps Up Against Drake: Valpo’s defense had its best showing of the season last week against the Bulldogs, allowing just 210 total yards.  The Crusaders allowed just 19 yards after halftime, including -6 in the final quarter, helping Valpo attempt to rally.  The Brown and Gold gave up even run/pass splits as well, allowing just 104 yards on the ground and 106 through the air.

Well Behaved Men: Valparaiso has not been penalized in the first half in either of the last two games against Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) or Drake.  In fact, Valpo has been flagged just three times for a total of 21 yards during those entire two contests.  The Crusaders rank second in the PFL averaging just 27.8 yards per game in penalties while the opponents have been flagged for an average of 76.8 yards per contest, second most in the conference.

Who’s Throwing Today?: Nate Goergen stepped in last week in relief of Eric Lemon at quarterback and completed 9-of-14 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.  Lemon had completed 14 passes for 54 yards before being relieved.  Goergen is 40-of-78 for 328 yards this season while Lemon has completed 36-of-63 for 238 yards.

Team Captains: Valpo has co-captains for the 2010 season.  Senior defensive back Eli Crawford represents the defense while redshirt-sophomore Eddie Morelli represents the offense.

Crusaders Picked 10th in Preseason Poll: The head coaches selected Valparaiso to finish 10th in the Pioneer Football League this season according to the preseason poll.  The prognosticators selected Dayton to take home the 2010 championship.

This and That:
Valpo scored three touchdowns last week against Drake, the first time November 7, 2009 at Jacksonville the Brown and Gold had scored more than one touchdown in a game, a span of six games.  

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W 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 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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