Football Improves to 2-0 in PFL Action with Dominant Home Win over Valparaiso

first_imgAfter a scoreless first quarter, Drake’s offense opened the scoring early in the second quarter with a demoralizing 15-play, 64-yard drive. The Bulldogs gashed the Crusaders for chunk plays, including an 11-yard gain by Lauer on a third-down screen pass, and a 14-yard run by Lauer to get into Valpo territory. Full Schedule Roster Two plays later, Meis hauled in a screen pass and weaved through defenders for an 11-yard touchdown to give Drake its second touchdown in three-and-a-half minutes. PDF Box Score Next Game: On its fifth drive, Valparaiso moved the chains for the first time with a 13-yard run. Following a roughing the passer call, the Crusaders knocked home a 46-yard field goal to cut Drake’s lead to 14-3. The Bulldogs found pay dirt again in the second quarter after starting a drive near midfield. Corwin found fullback Jackson Ostroski (Bixby, Okla.) on a flag route for 23 yards, and Cross Robinson (Naperville, Iowa) took a sweep 15 yards. In the blink of an eye, the Bulldogs were on Valpo’s 23-yard line. Devin Cates (Yuba City, Calif) set the Bulldogs up in the red zone with a 20-yard catch on a post route before Lauer took a handoff out of shotgun and bulldozed his way into the end zone from one yard out. The score gave Drake a 7-0 lead with 13:34 left in the second quarter, and it was all Bulldogs from there.  Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team improved to 2-0 in the Pioneer Football League and 2-3 overall with a 35-6 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday at Drake Stadium in front of 3,060 fans. Preview The Bulldogs will look to add to that advantage in their next game at Butler on Oct. 12. Kickoff in Indianapolis is scheduled for 12 p.m. CDT. Quarterback Ian Corwin (Tulsa, Okla.), who last week was named the FCS Stats National Freshman of the Week, continued his strong form by completing 13-of-20 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs, Drew Lauer (St. Peters, Mo.) and Caden Meis (Parker, Colo.) spearheaded Drake’s rushing attack, combining for 167 yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns. Valparaiso failed to mount much offensively throughout the game, and especially struggled early. The Crusaders’ first four drives ended with three three-and-outs and an interception by Warner. As a result, Drake’s offense benefitted with great field position throughout the contest. Drake was its own worst enemy on Valpo’s ensuing two-minute drill. The Bulldogs jumped offside, and the Valparaiso quarterback, realizing he had a free play, took a deep shot. The pass fell incomplete but Drake was flagged for defensive holding. The defense stiffened to force a punt, but the Crusaders’ punter took the snap and scampered around the right side for 10 yards and a first down. The Bulldogs’ defense turned in an outstanding performance, limiting the Crusaders to 66 yards passing and 65 yards rushing. Collin Seymour (Peosta, Iowa) and Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) each intercepted a pass, and Drake’s defensive line got home for three sacks. Of Valpo’s 13 drives, seven ended in three-and-outs and two culminated in turnovers. at Butler 10/12/2019 – 12 p.m. Following Seymour’s interception, Drake dialed up two deep shots, the second of which resulted in a 24-yard reception by Doran. Corwin sold a play-action to Lauer before hooking up with Cates for 14 yards, and the two connected again moments later. Cates ran a slant out of the left slot and made an impressive catch in traffic between three Valpo defenders for a 4-yard touchdown. The play made it 35-6 with 8:10 left in the third quarter, and the game ended with the scoreboard reading the same score. A few plays later, the Bulldogs were penalized for pass interference, setting up the Crusaders for a 41-yard field goal as the clock hit zeroes. The Bulldogs scored all 35 of their points in a span of 20 minutes and 24 seconds between the second and third quarters. With Saturday’s result, Drake has outscored its opponents 76-23 through two PFL games. Drake (2-3, 2-0 PFL) has won 16 games in a row against Valpo (0-5, 0-1 PFL). HTML Box Score The Bulldogs needed only two plays and 35 seconds to add to their lead in the second half. Corwin found Isaiah Skinner (Glendale Heights, Ill.) for 22 yards, and Meis exploded for a 53-yard touchdown on the next play to extend Drake’s advantage to 28-6. The Bulldogs cruised down the field to answer minutes later. Lauer gained the edge, hurdled a defender, and was tackled 15 yards later at the Valparaiso 27-yard line. On 3rd and 12, Corwin delivered a strike to Steven Doran (Germantown, Wis.) for 14 yards and a fresh set of downs. Lauer sprung loose for a 15-yard touchdown on the next play to give the Bulldogs a 21-3 advantage with 2:05 left in the half. Story Links Watch Live Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines YOUTUBE TVlast_img read more