Duquesne garners their first win of the 2017 campaign

Posted on Sep 10 2017 - 6:13pm by Danny Beeck
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The Duquesne Dukes totaled 542 offensive yards on their road victory against the Valparaiso Crusaders yesterday at Brown Field.

Tommy Stuart and the Dukes marched right down the field on their first possession, and found Nehari Crawford on a 26 yard pass that found pay-dirt. Crawford wasn’t finished there either, as he hauled in yet another pass from his experienced quarterback, this time from nine yards out.

The second quarter saw multiple scores from either side, and the run game also flipped a switch, with a 17 yard rush from last years Jerry Rice award winner A.J. Hines that found the endzone. Hines would get back on the board later in the third, tallying his first two scores of the season, and accumulating 100 yards on the ground.

A last ditch effort from the Crusaders shortened the gap to five, with a 45-40 score. With one minute left to play in the contest, Valparaiso took over at their own 33-yard line, but a big interception from Brandon Stanback closed out the game for the Dukes.

Stuart went 28 of 38 for 292 yards and four scores (3 passes, 1 rush), and three rushers for the Dukes combined for 236 yards.

Duquesne’s usage of both the run and pass game proved to be too much for the Crusaders, and the Dukes hope to continue that play style against yet another Pioneer League opponent in the Dayton Flyers. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on the road in Dayton, Ohio.

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