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Valpo Rallies for Fourth Quarter Win at Kalamazoo
Kyle Himmelwright had 2 interceptions and 11 tackles at Kalamazoo.
Kyle Himmelwright had 2 interceptions and 11 tackles at Kalamazoo.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Box  Score

                Valparaiso rallied from a one-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to defeat Kalamazoo 38-24 on Saturday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich.

                “We had to refocus our team to play after a tough game last week,” Valpo head coach Stacy Adams said.  “Our players did just that today.”

                The Hornets jumped in front on their first possession with a 22-yard field goal off the foot of Jon Rea.  Following an interception that set Kalamazoo up at the Crusader three, Jordan Tallman completed a pass to Jimmy Semelsberger for a touchdown.  Valpo blocked the point after attempt but the hosts led 9-0 after the opening quarter.

                Following a 54-yard kickoff return by John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.), Valpo needed just four plays to get on the scoreboard.  Warren Arnold (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) tossed a 30-yard scoring strike to Steve Ogden (Wauwatosa, Wis./West H.S.).

                Arnold found Bret Jaskiw (Caro, Mich./Caro H.S.) from 14 yards out to put the Crusaders on top 13-9 with 3:26 to play before halftime.  Ryan Koepke (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) then intercepted a Hornet pass and one play later Arnold connected with Bill Burgett (Ann Arbor, Mich./Dexter H.S.) for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 remaining in the second.

                Valpo’s defense forced a three-and-out, allowing the Crusader two-minute offense to move the ball in position for a Dan Van Aartsen (Brookfield, Wis./East H.S.) field goal from 35 yards out, giving the Brown and Gold a 23-9 lead at intermission.

                Kalamazoo (0-1) rallied in the third quarter.  Tallman threw an eight-yard pass to Chris Coriasso for a touchdown to start the second half and following the two-point conversion the Hornets were within six points.  An interception by the Crusaders on Valpo’s first possession of the second half set the Hornets up in scoring position again, and Tallman threw his third touchdown pass of the game, this one to Brandon Baity from three yards out to put Kalamazoo in front 24-23 with 7:07 left in the third.

                The Crusaders used a 13-play, 91-yard drive that took more than five minutes off of the clock to retake the lead.  Arnold scampered the final 27 yards down the middle of the field for the touchdown, then tossed a two-point conversion pass to Jeff Horton (Saint Louis, Mo./Lutheran North H.S.) to put Valpo in front  31-24 with 12:58 to play in the game.

                Following a Kyle Himmelwright (Coplay, Pa./Whitehall H.S.) interception, his first of two on the day, Valpo used another 4:45 off of the clock before  Arnold threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day, this one eight yards to Horton, to complete the scoring.  For Horton, he moved into fourth place on the Crusaders’ career scoring list with 170 points.

                Valpo finished the game with 464 yards of total offense while holding the Hornets to just 185 on the afternoon.  The Crusader defense limited Kalamazoo to -34 yards on the ground.  Himmelwright, who had the two interceptions, also led Valpo’s defense with 11 tackles.

                “Even though it was a close game, both sides of the ball played well,” Adams said.  “We had an outstanding performance by the defense holding them to negative rushing yards and less than 225 yards passing.”

                Arnold, who started the game 2-of-9 passing, finished 21-of-32 for 256 yards and the four touchdowns, while also rushing 11 times for 63 yards and another score.  Horton carried 26 times for 109 yards while seven different receivers made receptions.

                Tallman finished 28-of-49 for 207 yards and the three touchdowns for the Hornets, but was also picked off three times.  Mike Benson had 10 grabs for 98 yards to lead Kalamazoo.

                The Crusaders were hurt by penalties, though, committing 12 infractions for 154 yards while also turning the ball over three times on the day.

                Valparaiso (2-1) will play game three of its current four-game road trip next Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind. against Marian in a 1 p.m. CDT kickoff.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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