Senior Day for Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, defeating the
Crusaders 48-0 to retain the “Hoosier Helmet” in the annual rivalry game.
With 12 Crusaders
appearing for the final time at home, it was the Bulldogs that jumped on top on
the opening drive. Valpo’s defense
stalled the drive at the Crusader 23 before David Lang connected on a 41-yard
The Brown and Gold
tried to answer on its opening drive, moving inside the Butler 40 before a
fumble turned the ball back over to the Bulldogs.
“We moved the ball early but didn’t respond after our fumbles,” head coach Dale Carlson said.
After the Crusader
defense forced Butler to punt, Valpo again put the ball on the ground and Tyler
Skaggs scooped up the loose ball and returned in 12 yards for a touchdown.
“We put the ball on
the ground too many times,” Carlson added.
“We can’t turn the ball over and when we do we have to be able to
respond to the adversity.”
Another long drive
by Butler, this one 15 plays, was again capped against by a Lang field goal, this
one from 32 yards out with 9:42 to play in the half.
Butler added three
more scores before halftime, including a 73-yard pass from Andrew Huck to Eddie
McHale, to take a 34-0 lead into the break.
touchdown pass of the game along with a 64-yard scoring run by Trae Heeter,
closed out the Bulldog scoring in the third quarter.
“We’re a team of
peaks and valleys this year,” Carlson concluded. “”We get to the peak only to fall back into a
valley. We need consistency in
Valpo tallied just
188 total yards on Saturday, 108 of which came on the ground. Bobby
Wysocki (Calumet City, Ill./Thornwood H.S.) led the ground attack with 18
carries for 41 yards while Nick Malantis
(Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta H.S.) had 12 rushes for 40 yards.
9-of-11 passes for 77 yards as well, four of which went to Sean McCarty (Waukesha, Wis./West H.S.) who had 34 receiving yards.
Butler (4-5, 2-4
PFL) finished the day with 483 total yards, including 262 on the ground. Scott Gray had 87 yards rushing on nine
carries while Heeter had four rushed for 82 yards. Huck completed 12-of-15 passes for 186 yards,
eight of which went to Zach Watkins for 92 yards.
Grant Bushong (Ionia, Mich./Ionia H.S.) led Valpo’s
defense with 10 tackles.
0-6) begins its final two-game road trip next Saturday in Buies Creek, N.C.
facing Campbell. Kickoff is slated for
Game Notes: Wysocki became the fifth Crusader to throw a
pass this season … punter Greg Wood
(Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) averaged 43.0 yards per punt on six
attempts, including a career-long 58-yard boot … Josh Keatley (Woodstock, Ohio/Triad H.S.) made his first appearance
in the backfield, carrying twice for 16 yards … Butler leads the all-time
series 45-24 and has captured three straight “Hoosier Helmets” … Valpo has
faced Butler more than any other opponent in program history.