SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Todd Mortensen passed for three touchdowns and
ran for another as San Diego pulled away in the second half to top
Valparaiso 49-14 on Saturday.
Evan Harney rushed for 191 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries
for the Toreros in a game that matched the two schools who tied for
first place in the division last year.
San Diego (3-4, 1-1 Pioneer North) took a 21-7 halftime lead en
route to avenging a 41-34 loss at Valparaiso last year and handing
the Crusaders (3-5, 0-2) their third straight loss.
Mortensen, who went 17-of-27 for 264 yards, extended San Diego's
lead to 42-14 with a 56-yard TD toss to Nick Garton with 7:54 left
in the game. The scoring strike came after the Toreros stopped
Valparaiso on the San Diego 5 as the Crusaders threw three straight
Garton also had a 16-yard TD catch to open scoring in the third
quarter. The Crusaders followed with a 5-yard TD run by Jeff
Horton, but San Diego answered with a 3-yard TD catch by Matt
Dustin Shamburg started at quarterback for Valparaiso but gave
way in the second half to Joe Milazzo. The Crusaders passed for 161
yards overall, going 13-of-27.
With 3:31 left in the first quarter, San Diego's Michael
Gasperson blocked a punt and scored on the play to increase the
Toreros' lead to 14-0. Chris Ramsey recovered the ball and pitched
it to Gasperson for the 4-yard return.
In the second, the Crusaders cut the deficit to 14-7 on a 4-yard
TD catch by Kenny Keil.
Valparaiso advanced to the Toreros 10 in the closing minute of
the first half, but Scott Cooper intercepted a pass in the end zone
20 seconds before halftime.