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Gold Defeats Brown 51-32 in Annual Spring Game
The offense found found its way through some holes on the way to a 51-32 win over the defense. (Ray Acevedo)
The offense found found its way through some holes on the way to a 51-32 win over the defense. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring practice came to a close at Valparaiso University on Saturday morning at Brown Field as the Gold defeated the Brown 51-32 at the annual spring game.

The game used a modified scoring system with points as the offense (gold) battled the defense (brown).

“I liked out tempo today,” head coach Dale Carlson said. “Our players got an idea of how quickly we want to move the football in a game setting.”

The Gold posted the day’s first big play as Bobby Wysocki (Calumet City, Ill./Thornwood H.S.) connected with Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian H.S.) on a 55-yard touchdown pass early in the opening quarter.

JaVon Welch (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills H.S.) proved the Brown with its first big play, intercepting a pass midway through the first quarter.  Josh Keatley (Woodstock, Ohio/Triad H.S.) added a touchdown for the Golf on the final play of the opening period, a 1-yard run, to give the offense a 24-7 lead.

Chrision Rasberry (Chicago, Ill./King College Prep H.S.) intercepted the second play of the second quarter to add points on the scoreboard for the Brown.  Andrezj Skiba (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) booted a pair of second quarter field goals for the Gold in the second, one from 24 yards and another from 44 yards after connecting from 43 yards out in the first.

Nate Goergen (Golden, Colo./Golden H.S.) added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Niehus (Oak Park, Ill./Pak Park & River Forest H.S.) with 40 seconds remaining before halftime to give the Gold a 45-22 lead at the break.

After playing the first half under normal timing rules as two 15 minute quarters, the third quarter was played as a 12-minute running clock.

Matt Heinen (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.) made another big play for the defense in the third quarter, recovering a fumble in the backfield and returning it about 10 yards.  Gold led the Brown 49-30 after three quarters.

The final quarter was played as a two-minute drill with 1:50 on the clock with the Gold starting on the 35-yard line.  A third down 25-yard completion from Matt Upshaw (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central H.S.) to David Coneys (Sebastian, Fla./Sebastian River H.S.) kept the drive alive.  The Brown registered a sack at the 12-yard line on first and goal with 13 seconds to play and held the offense from scoring on the final play of the game.

“We had some positive plays both rushing and passing,” Carlson added.  “The defense got some good stops and adjusted nicely in coverage.

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