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VALPO HOSTS SAINT JOSEPH'S FOR ANNUAL HOMECOMING GAME ON SATURDAY

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

SAINT JOSEPH'S (IND.) (3-3, Independent) at VALPARAISO (1-4, 0-0 PFL North)

WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2005, 1:30 p.m. CDT.

WHERE: Brown Field (5,000), Valparaiso, Ind.

RADIO: Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1-FM, Valparaiso; WAKE, 1500-AM, Valparaiso; Relevant Radio 1270-AM, Gary; and WE-FM, 95.9-FM, Michigan City). Also available on the web at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Todd Ickow will handle the play-by-play with Brent Whitlock providing the color commentary.

TV: None.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is led by Stacy Adams, who is in his 1st season as the Crusader head coach. He is 1-4 overall and at Valpo. Saint Joseph's is led by Lou Esposito, who is 3-3 in his 1st season overall and with the Pumas.

SERIES RECORD: Saint Joseph's leads the all-time series with the Crusaders 29-28-2 and are meeting for the 60th time. Valpo has won two straight meetings at Brown Field.

LAST MEETING: Saint Joseph's defeated Valparaiso 54-43 on September 28, 2002 in Rensselaer, Ind.

Valparaiso looks to get back to playing winning football on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Saint Joseph's (Ind.) for the annual Homecoming Game. The Crusaders are coming off of a 30-20 loss at Austin Peay last Saturday.

Looking for Home Cooking: Valparaiso is looking to record a Homecoming victory for the first time since 2001. The Crusaders have dropped three straight contests on the special occasion.

Howard a Menace in the Backfield: Doug Howard has made a living behind the line of scrimmage this season for the Crusaders. The sophomore has recorded 5.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks of the quarterback. In addition, Howard has broken up a pass, forced a fumble, and recovered two loose balls.

Doerffler Sets Career High: With his 169 yards passing last weekend, sophomore quarterback Ryan Doerffler has set a career high for passing yards in a season. He has thrown for 661 yards this year after passing for just 558 yards as a rookie.

Washington Finds the End Zone: Sal Washington scored his first touchdown of the season on a 13-yard run against the Governors last Saturday. The score was just his second while wearing the Brown and Gold.

Penalties Way Down: After Valpo committed 14 penalties for 92 yards in the season opener against Wisconsin Lutheran, the Brown and Gold have had just 15 miscues for 106 yards the past four games. The Crusaders were flagged just once for five yards last Saturday at Austin Peay.

A Booming Foot: Punter Joe Blahowicz has punted 28 times already this season, but has made the most of his opportunities. He has posted six punts of 50 or more yards, including three against Davidson. Blahowicz has also landed eight kicks inside of the 20-yard line, including at least one in every game.

Seeing Red: Valpo has struggled inside the red zone this season, converting just 10-of-16 opportunities into scores.

TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK...
Offensive:
9/3 - Jeff Horton
9/10 - Joe Blahowicz
9/17 - Ryan Palonka
9/24 - Steve Ogden
10/1 - Mike Schilling
Defensive:
9/3 - Mike Jones
9/10 - Brandon Sturman
9/17 - Brandon Sturman
9/24 - Andrew Akinpelu
10/1 - Matt Mancl
Special Teams:
9/3 - Sal Washington
9/10 - Andrew McCawley
9/17 - Andrew Akinpelu
9/24 - Joe Blahowicz
10/1 - Joe Blahowicz
Offensive Scout:
9/3 - Rob Clark
9/10 - Daniel Engelhardt
9/17 - John Coffey
9/24 - James Stokes
10/1 - Erik Lindamood
Defensive Scout:
9/3 - Steve Lyons
9/10 - Brett Maynard
9/17 - Josh Bintzler
9/24 - Dave Daniels
10/1 - Jordan Allodi

DOWN THE ROAD: Valparaiso will take to the road over the next two weekends as the Brown and Gold begin PFL North Division play. Next Saturday, the Crusaders head to Indianapolis, Ind. to battle Butler in a 1 p.m. game. On October 22 Valpo will head into Ohio for a 12 p.m. CDT game at Dayton before returning home on October 29 to host San Diego.

SAINT JOSEPH'S NOTES: Saint Joseph's has won three straight games after opening the season 0-3. The Pumas are coming off of a 13-7 victory at home against Upper Iowa last Saturday. Saint Joseph's is looking for its first road victory of the season, having dropped the first two away from home.

Quarterback Anthony Lindsey has thrown for 1,418 yards and seven touchdowns this season, finding 18 different receivers, 14 of which have a long grab of at least ten yards this year. Dan Paulsen leads the receiving corps with 24 catches for 303 yards and two scores for Saint Joseph's. On the ground, Greg Ford is the team's leading rusher, carrying the ball 41 times for 154 yards.

Defensively, the Pumas have returned two interceptions and three fumbles for touchdowns over the first six games of the season. Kevin Rees leads the team in tackles with 49, including eight for loss, and has recovered a pair of fumbles.
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. #21/21 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