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Valpo Returns Home For Senior Day Matchup With Davidson
The Crusaders will honor their senior class as part of Senior Day Saturday. (Aran Kessler)
The Crusaders will honor their senior class as part of Senior Day Saturday. (Aran Kessler)
Davidson (2-8)
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Valparaiso (1-9)
11/10/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 1827
1st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
Davidson7707728
Valparaiso7770627
Scoring
1st Quarter
DAVTD07:52 14 Yd Run ( kick)
VALPOTD02:27LEHR 1 Yd Run (PANDO kick)
2nd Quarter
VALPOTD10:57HUTSON 4 Yd Run (PANDO kick)
DAVTD00:34 1 Yd Run ( kick)
3rd Quarter
VALPOTD07:46GADSON (PANDO kick)
4th Quarter
DAVTD13:50 1 Yd Run ( kick)
1OT
VALPOTD15:00KURAMATA 4 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (PANDO missed kick)
DAVTD15:00 2 Yd Pass From ( kick)
Stats at a GlanceDAVVALPO
1st Downs2714
3rd Down Conversions7-184-13
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Passing (Comp-Att)400 (37-56)219 (26-39)
Rushing (Att)117 (34)96 (26)
Total Yards517315
Penalties9-9112-119
Turnovers31
Fumbles Lost30
Interceptions01
Possession33:4226:18

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Valparaiso (1-8, 1-5 PFL)
Game #10: Saturday, Nov. 10 - 1 p.m.
Davidson (1-8, 1-5 PFL)
Brown Field (5,000 - ProGrass) - Valparaiso, Ind.

This Week in Crusader Football: Valparaiso returns home for its final home game of the season when it hosts Davidson College as part of Senior Day at Brown Field.

Previously: The Crusaders notched their first win of 2012 with a 41-21 come-from-behind win against Campbell University at Barker-Lane Stadium. Jake Hutson ran for 248 yards and three touchdowns, while Sterling Summerville caught two touchdown passes in the first half. The Crusaders overcame a 14-point first-half deficit and rattled off 34 unanswered points to earn the victory.

Next Up: Valpo closes out the season with a road contest against Morehead State on Nov. 17 at Jayne Stadium. The Crusaders are seeking their first win against Morehead State since 2006 when they earned a 42-35 win in Kentucky.

On the Air: For the eighth straight season, the Valpo Sports Radio Network will be home to all 11 Crusader football games in 2012. All 11 games can be heard live on WAKE (1500 AM, Valparaiso), online through www.valpoathletics.com or by downloading the WAKE Radio app for Android or iPhone devices. Todd Ickow will handle all the play-by-play with Travis Lucian adding color commentary. In addition, Saturday’s game will be video streamed via the Horizon League Network.

Head Coach Dale Carlson: Dale Carlson is 2-29 in his third season with the Crusaders and 112-132-3 overall entering his 24th season as a collegiate head coach. He arrived at Valpo from Ohio Dominican where he began the Ohio Dominican program from scratch in 2004, just as he did at Tri-State University prior to his tenure with the Panthers. He is the 16th head coach in Valpo history, and just the seventh since 1946.

Series Notes: Valparaiso and Davidson are meeting for the eighth time in a series that dates back to 2001. The Crusaders lost 30-22 against the Wildcats last November at Richardson Stadium in Davidson, N.C. The two schools last met at Brown Field on Oct. 11, 2008 when the Crusaders claimed a 35-29 overtime win against the Wildcats.

Scouting Davidson: The Wildcats are currently riding a two-game losing streak after beating Campbell for their lone win of the season on Oct. 20. All eight of the Wildcats’ defeats have been by double figures, including a 49-14 loss to Morehead State last week. The Wildcats enter with one of the top passing games in the PFL but have struggled to establish a running game. Davidson has the PFL’s fourth best passing offense (282.9 yards/game) and has attempted the most passes (420) in the league. Meanwhile, Davidson is averaging only 52.4 yards per game on the ground and is the only PFL squad not averaging more than 100 yards per game on the ground.

Last Season: The Crusaders captured their first win of the Dale Carlson era in the home finale last year by defeating Campbell, 34-31. Valpo ended the season 1-10 and 1-7 in PFL play, but returns plenty of experience for 2012, as six starters are back on both sides of the ball.

Grask Wraps Them Up: With a team-high 10 tackles against Campbell, defensive back Alex Grask has been the team’s leading tackler seven times this season. The junior has four double-digit tackles efforts and ranks fifth in the PFL, averaging 9.9 tackles per game.

What a Rush: Running back Jake Hutson ran for 248 yards and three touchdowns in Valpo’s road win against Campbell. The performance is the second-highest single game rushing yards total in Valpo football history and the most by a PFL rusher since 2005, when Crusader running back Jeff Horton ran for 253 yards against Wisconsin Lutheran. The rookie also posted the most rushing yards among FCS freshman in a single game this season.

Hutson, Wood Garner National Honors: Redshirt freshman running back Jake Hutson was named the The Sports Network FCS National Co-Freshman of the Week following his record-setting performance against Campbell. The College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) named Crusader punter Greg Wood its FCS Punter of the Week. The senior punted three times against Campbell, averaging 53 yards per kick, including one that pinned the Camels inside the two-yard-line.

Senior Day: The Crusaders will be honoring the following seniors in a pregame ceremony on Saturday at Brown Field: RB Jabril Baker; WR Tim Bennett; OL Bill Bodzianowski; DL Bruce Collins; TE Mike Gerton; RB Chris Giehon; LB Cody Gokan; LB Chris Howard; RB Ryan Lehr; QB Quinn Schafer; C Matt Schroll; WR Eric Slenk; RB Sterling Summerville and P Greg Wood.

Yards for Bennett: Senior wide receiver Tim Bennett has compiled 872 receiving yards since 2009, the second-highest total among any Crusader during that stretch. Bennett trails only Sean McCarty who compiled 1,184 career receiving yards, 1,127 of which came between 2009-11.

Road Win in PFL: With the Crusaders’ 41-21 win against Campbell last Saturday, the Crusaders earned their first conference road win since beating Campbell University 47-14 on Nov. 15, 2008.

Team Captains: Valpo entered the 2012 season with a pair of captains, with senior tight end Mike Gerton representing the offense and senior cornerback Alan Porter Jr. representing the defense. Due to a season-ending injury to Porter, junior safety Alex Grask has been appointed defensive captain for the rest of the season.

Crusaders Picked Tenth in Preseason Poll: The head coaches selected Valparaiso to finish tenth in the Pioneer Football League this season according to the preseason poll. The prognosticators selected San Diego to take home the 2012 championship.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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