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Crusaders Fall on Late Field Goal
Eric Hoffman threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
Eric Hoffman threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
Valparaiso (0-2)
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Saint Joseph's (IN) (1-0)
9/7/2013 | Rensselaer, IN | Attendance: 2865
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Valparaiso6710831
Saint Joseph's (IN)61201634
Scoring
1st Quarter
VALPOTD14:13GLADNEY 73 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (YOUNG missed kick)
SJCTD06:27Walker 9 Yd Pass From VandeMerkt (Voss missed kick)
2nd Quarter
SJCTD14:25Walker 32 Yd Pass From VandeMerkt (Voss missed kick)
SJCTD06:35Shelton 3 Yd Run
VALPOTD00:43WARREN 10 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (NEWMAN kick)
3rd Quarter
VALPOFG09:49NEWMAN 37 Yd
VALPOTD03:44HALL 12 Yd Run (NEWMAN kick)
4th Quarter
SJCTD14:11Walker 18 Yd Pass From VandeMerkt
SJCTD10:44Hines 76 Yd Pass From VandeMerkt (Voss kick)
VALPOTD08:08KURAMATA 58 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN
SJCFG04:51Voss 29 Yd
Stats at a GlanceVALPOSJC
1st Downs2120
3rd Down Conversions9-185-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
Passing (Comp-Att)291 (22-40)404 (28-38)
Rushing (Att)140 (35)109 (34)
Total Yards431513
Penalties3-2012-118
Turnovers00
Fumbles Lost00
Interceptions00
Possession30:4929:11

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Valparaiso football team entered the fourth quarter at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) with a 23-18 advantage on Saturday, but the Pumas were able to put up 16 points in the quarter, including the eventual game-winning field goal with 4:51 to play, and a late Crusader fourth-down attempt came up short as Valpo fell by a 34-31 final.

The Crusaders entered the fourth quarter with a four-point lead thanks to a strong defensive effort that left the Pumas scoreless in the third period.  Down a field goal early in the third quarter, Valpo put together a five-play, 48-yard drive that result in a 37-yard made field goal by Jacob Newman (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg) to bring the Crusaders back to within two points at 18-16.

The Crusader defense then went to work.  With just under eight minutes left in the quarter, Nick Moffitt (San Diego, Calif./Escondido Charter) and Brandon Doepke (Fitchburg, Wis./Madison West)each came up with huge plays for the Crusader defense.  Having moved the ball to the Valpo 35-yard line, Moffitt stuffed Kobi Cook at the line of scrimmage on a 3rd and 1 play call.  The Pumas would then go for it on 4th and 1, only this time; it was Doepke who met James Wilson at the line of scrimmage for no gain and a loss of downs.

With the ball back on their own 35, the Crusaders put together a nine-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in a 12-yard scamper into the end zone by Brandon Hall (Muskegon, Mich./Orchard View).  On the drive, Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) was able to connect a 19 yard pass to Andrew Cassara (San Diego, Calif./Escondido Charter) on 3rd and long to move the chains and keep the drive alive.  Several plays later, Hoffman and Cassara would connect again for a 14 yard gain on 3rd and 8.  Hall then went to work and found the end zone to put the Crusaders up 22-18.  A Newman extra point ended the third quarter 23-18, advantage Valpo.

Starting the fourth quarter, Saint Joseph was able to move the chains on 3rd and 3 and pick up a first down at the Valpo 28.  Five plays later, the Puma quarterback found Julian Walker in the end zone for an 18 yard touchdown.  The Pumas elected to go for two but were denied by the Crusader defense, leaving the Valpo deficit at just one point at 24-23.

Unable to sustain a drive, the Crusaders were forced to punt with 11:28 remaining in the game.  The punt was downed inside the Pumas’ 20-yard line, but two plays later, a 76-yard touchdown pass gave St. Joe’s a 31-23 lead.

Not to be outdone, the Crusader offense would put together a six-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game at 31-31.  Starting on their own 25, Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella)and Hall picked up 17 yards to move the ball to the 42 yard line.  Hoffman then took over, completing a 58-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont).  Hoffman would find Kuramata again on the 2 point conversion to tie the game at 31-31.

The Pumas would respond with a nine-play, 3:31 drive that resulted in a 29-yard field goal from Gavin Voss, the eventual game-winning score.  Valpo moved the ball into St. Joe’s territory on the ensuing possession, but faced with a 4th and 12 to keep hope alive, Hoffman’s pass to Kent Warren (Mission, Texas/Veterans Memorial) came up three yards short, and the Pumas would run out the clock.

The game started well for Valparaiso, as the Crusaders came out of the gate early, scoring a touchdown on its first drive of the game.  With the ball on their own 25, the Crusaders needed just two plays to get on the scoreboard, as Fred Gladney (Milwaukee, Wis./Dominican) reeled in a 73-yard touchdown pass from Hoffman to take a 6-0 lead. 

St. Joe’s scored the next 18 points, but Valpo was able to respond before intermission to make it a one-score game.  After pinning the Pumas deep in their own territory and forcing a three-and-out, the Crusaders took possession on the SJC 38 and scored five plays later on a 10-yard pass from Hoffman to Warren, making it 18-13 at the break.

Hoffman totaled 291 yards on Saturday on 22-of-40 passing while throwing for three touchdowns.  A trio of Crusaders ended up with at least 50 yards receiving: Gladney (98 yards), Kuramata (87 yards), and Warren (50 yards). 

The Crusaders rushed for 164 yards, led by 129 yards from Hutson, who averaged better than five yards per carry.  Defensively, Alex Green (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) totaled a career-best 14 tackles.

Valparaiso (0-2) returns to the gridiron on Saturday, Sept. 14 when the Crusaders welcome William Jewell to Brown Field for the home opener.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m, and the game can be seen and heard live on ValpoAthletics.com, with live stats available through the official Crusader website as well.

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Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
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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
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)
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Apr 13 Valpo 7
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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
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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
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Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
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Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
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Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
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Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
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M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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Apr 27
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