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Valpo Throws Scare into #1 San Diego
John Popper scored two touchdowns including a kickoff return of 96 yards.
John Popper scored two touchdowns including a kickoff return of 96 yards.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Box Score

                Valparaiso turned in a valiant Homecoming effort on Saturday afternoon, going toe-to-toe with NCAA I-FCS mid-major #1 San Diego for 60 minute before falling 41-27 at Brown Field.

                 The Crusaders led after the opening quarter and trailed by just seven at halftime, answering every score of San Diego’s (5-0, 2-0 PFL).

                 Valpo opened the game marching down field in just five plays with John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.) sprinted up the middle for a 42-yard touchdown just 2:21 into the game.

                 JT Rogan answered for the Toreros with a one-yard touchdown on the ensuing possession, but Valpo answered against.  A 14-play, 77-yard drive by Valpo was capped with a 25-yard field goal by Dan VanAartsen (Brookfield, Wis./East H.S.), putting the Brown and Gold up 10-7 with 3:04 remaining in the opening quarter.  

                Rogan again answered, scoring his second of four touchdowns on the day on a three-yard run, putting San Diego up 14-10 late in the first.  The lead did not last long for the visitors though, as Popper returned the kickoff and got several good blocks while racing 96 yards for a touchdown, giving the Crusaders a 17-14 lead after one.  

                The Toreros answered again, as Josh Johnson connected on a 13-yard touchdown strike to Derron Juarez on the first drive of the second quarter.  Valpo was forced to punt on its next drive, but Mitch Secrest (Elbrun, Ill./Kaneland H.S.) landed his kick at the four-yard line and the Crusaders were able to down the punt.  

                Valpo’s defense rose to the occasion, forcing a three-and-out, and Valpo took over on the San Diego 35.  The drive stalled at the 10, but a Van Aartsen 27-yard field goal pulled the Crusaders within one.

                 San Diego scored one more touchdown before intermission, as Rogan’s 23-yard run with 1:11 left gave the Toreros a 27-20 lead at the break.  Rogan found the end zone for a final time from 24 yards out just 1:04 out of the break, as San Diego need just three plays to take a 14-point lead.

                 Valpo had yet another answer with an 11-play, 76-yard drive capped off by a Ross Wiemer (Burlington ,Wis./Burlington H.S.) touchdown run from four yards out, bringing Valpo within 34-27.  The Crusader defense then forced another San Diego punt, but the offense was unable to capitalize this time.

                 The Toreros then moved the clock, using a 17-play, 90-yard drive that ate up 7:45 off the clock before Johnson tossed a five-yard touchdown to Nick Coppedge.  A Valpo interception on its next drive sealed the win for San Diego.

                 “I thought we played hard and did a good job for 60 minutes today,” Valpo head coach Stacy Adams said.  “We showed everyone what we are capable of doing.”

                 Valpo finished the game with 281 yards rushing and 377 total yards offensively.  Warren Arnold (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) led the ground game with 15 carries for 95 yards while also throwing for 96 more.  Wiemer added 82 yards and a score while Popper had nine carries for 75 yards in addition to his 30.0 yard-per-return average on kickoffs.

                 Johnson finished 20-of-31 for 208 yards and two touchdowns for San Diego, with eight of his completions going to Wes Doyle for 105 yards.  Rogan finished with 127 yards and the four scores as the Toreros finished the game with 452 yards of total offense.

                 Ryan Koepke (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) led the way with 11 tackles, including a half of a sack while Matt Watkins (Mason, Ohio/Mason H.S.) and Sean Dillon (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mount Carmel H.S.) had 10 stops each.  Tyler Evans led San Diego with 13 tackles.

                 “Hopefully we can learn from our performance this week and bring home the Hoosier Helmet next Saturday against Butler,” Adams concluded.

                 Valparaiso (3-3, 0-2) will continue its homestand next Saturday afternoon against the Bulldogs beginning at 1 p.m. at Brown Field.  The “Battle for the Hoosier Helmet” will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.

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