VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Elias Earley ran for 112 yards and Chris Duncan scored a rushing touchdown and Valparaiso won its first game of the season with a 19-10 win over Stetson on Saturday.
Following Dimitrios Latsonas’ 40-yard field goal to give the Crusaders (1-7, 1-3 Pioneer League) an early 3-0 lead, Jalen Leary put Stetson up with a 67-yard touchdown run 16 seconds later. Johnny Messina’s 31-yard field goal made it 10-3 in the Hatters’ (5-2, 2-2) favor.
In the second quarter, Duncan ran it in from 2-yards out and Latsonas made a 43-yard field goal with 70 seconds for a 13-10 Valpo lead. Latsonas ended the scoring with field goals of 20 and 34 yards in the third quarter.
Elias Ealy ran for 112 yards on 22 carries for the Crusaders.
Both teams struggled in the passing game as Duncan completed just 6 of 27 passes for 72 yards and an interception.
For the Hatters, Gaven DeFilippo was 5-of-23 passing for 40 yards and two interceptions. Leary ran for 122 yards on 22 carries.