November 21, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Valparaiso330713
Jacksonville212014358
Scoring
1st Quarter
JUTD09:49Austin LEACH 42 Yd Pass From Rylan WELLS (Brandon BEHR kick)
JUTD06:49Armani SAMPSON (Brandon BEHR kick)
VALPOFG04:59NEWMAN 39 Yd
JUTD02:05Ulysses BRYANT 27 Yd Run (Brandon BEHR kick)
2nd Quarter
JUFG14:04Brandon BEHR 22 Yd
JUTD09:17Jamal ADJAMAH 3 Yd Run (Brandon BEHR kick)
VALPOFG03:40NEWMAN 33 Yd
JUTD01:32Andy JONES 32 Yd Pass From Rylan WELLS (Brandon BEHR kick)
JUFG00:58Brandon BEHR 30 Yd
3rd Quarter
JUTD12:40Jamal ADJAMAH 1 Yd Run (Brandon BEHR kick)
JUTD07:05Orlando THOMAS 30 Yd Run (Brandon BEHR kick)
4th Quarter
JUFG14:38Brandon BEHR 20 Yd
VALPOTD01:19DUGAN 11 Yd Pass From STAAL (NEWMAN kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOJU
1st Downs2022
3rd Down Conversions8-204-10
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)218 (26-49) 280 (15-26)
Rushing (Att)128 (33) 296 (34)
Total Yards346576
Penalties5-807-52
Turnovers21
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions10
Possession34:4525:15
Crusaders Drop Season Finale to Dolphins
Freshman Jean Rene logged five receptions for 52 yards Saturday at Jacksonville. (Joe Vogan)


Crusaders Drop Season Finale to Dolphins
Saturday, November 21, 2015

The 2015 football season came to a close Saturday with Valpo falling to Jacksonville, 58-13, at D.B. Milne Field in Florida. 

Injuries plagued the Crusaders all season long, but the Valparaiso athletic training staff really logged overtime Saturday as Jarrett Morgan (Cooper City, Fla./Cooper City), Legend Choudhry (Houston, Tex./Goose Creek Memorial), A.J. Bradley (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), Matt Mallon (Rockford, Ill./East) and Nick Scoville (Saint Charles, Ill./Saint Francis) all suffered ailments that prematurely ended their day. 

The Dolphins raced ahead to a 14-0 lead before Jacob Newman (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg) put the Brown and Gold on the scoreboard with a 39-yard field goal. Jacksonville responded by reeling off 17 consecutive points to extend its second-quarter lead to 31-3.

Newman again provided the Crusaders with three points following a 33-yarder with 3:40 remaining in the first half. 

Unfortunately, Jacksonville's offense wasn't finished. Andy Jones hauled in a 32-yard TD pass from Rylan Wells to swell the lead to 38-6. Valpo fumbled the subsequent kickoff allowing Brandon Behr to add a 30-yard field goal.

The Crusaders trailed 41-6 at halftime. 

Valpo had a golden opportunity to burst into the end zone midway through the third stanza, but Jacksonville answered with a staunch goal-line stand. Staal completed a 13-yard pass to Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) on a 3rd and 6 to move the chains and establish a goal-to-go scenario from the JU 5. Both teams traded penalties before the Brown and Gold enjoyed a first-and-goal from the two-yard line.

Brandon Hall (Muskegon, Mich./Orchard View) was met at the line in both rushing attempts from the one-yard line, and Valpo turned the ball over on downs. 

The Crusader offense atoned for its previous miscue in the latter stages of the game when Staal hit Ryan Dugan (Southfield, Mich./Eisenhower) for an 11-yard touchdown play. 

Staal finished the day 26 of 49 for 218 yards. Hutson snagged a game-high seven passes for 57 yards. Freshman Jean Rene (Delray Beach, Fla./Wellington Community) added six catches for 52 yards in his return to the Sunshine State. 

Hall led the ground game with 59 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Choudhry broke loose for a 39-yard gain on his lone carry of the day, but was forced to leave the game with a leg injury.

Jacksonville advanced to 9-2 overall, 6-2 in PFL play thanks to the 58-13 victory. 

Senior linebacker Alex Green (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) accumulated 11 tackles on the defensive side of the ball for Valpo. Sophomore Kye Hall (New Smyrna Beachl, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) pitched in ten stops, a fumble recovery, and a QB hit. Senior defensive end John Guilford (Spencer, Ohio/Black River) recorded a nine-yard sack in his final game for the Crusaders.

"It's been incredibly gratifying to coach men with such character and intelligence. We're going to take what this senior class provided as a base and build upon it for the future," Cecchini said.