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Jacksonville Spoils Valpo's Homecoming with 34-17 Win

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Two Valparaiso turnovers in the third quarter led to a pair of Jacksonville touchdowns as the Dolphins turned a halftime deficit into a 34-17 victory over the Crusaders on Homecoming afternoon Saturday at Brown Field.

Valpo started quickly on the afternoon, moving the ball 76 yards on nine plays to begin the game, with John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.) scoring from 15 yards out to give the Brown and Gold a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest.

Jacksonville answered with a Jeremy Brown one-yard run to tie the game on the Dolphins' second possession of the game. Jerry Brant then game Jacksonville the lead 14-7, scampering up the middle 53 yards for the go ahead score.

The Crusaders tied the game midway through the second quarter as Ross Wiemer (Burlington, Wis./Burlington H.S.) scored his third touchdown of the season, this one on a nine-yard run set up by a wide receiver pass from Nicholas Henton (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle H.S.) to Steve Ogden (Wauwatosa, Wis./West H.S.) for 30 yards.

Mike Krieg (Romeo, Mich./Romeo H.S.) then connected from 32 yards out for a field goal with just 23 seconds remaining until halftime, giving the Brown and Gold a 17-14 lead at the break.

Valpo's defense held the Dolphins three-and-out on the first possession, but a fumble on the punt return set Jacksonville up at the Crusader 20-yard line. Brant scored his second touchdown of the game from a yard out, but the point after attempt was blocked so the Dolphins led 20-17.

Quarterback Chris Horton added another touchdown for Jacksonville (2-2, 2-0 PFL) following a Valpo interception on the Crusaders' next drive, as he ran in from 21 yards out to put the guests on top by ten.

Brant added his final touchdown of the game on the final play of the third quarter, a 42-yard reception from Horton to close out the scoring.

Valpo finished the game with a four-yard advantage in total offense, 349-345, but 11 penalties for 74 yards hindered Valpo's attack. The Crusaders entered the game with ten total miscues in the first four games of the season.

Ryan Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia H.S.) was 18-of-37 throwing the football for 163 yards. Ogden finished the game with four catches for 90 yards while Popper had 15 carries for 72 yards.

Brant led the Dolphins with 159 yards on the ground as well as his touchdown reception. Winston Ward made 14 tackles in the win for Jacksonville.

Valparaiso (2-3, 1-2) will look to snap its two-game losing skid next Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Rensselaer, Ind. for a noon kickoff against Saint Joseph's.
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo