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St. Joseph's edges Valparaiso 34-31

RENSSELAER, Ind. -- Billy VandeMerkt logged 404 yards passing and four touchdown passes, leading St. Joseph's to a 34-31 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday.

St. Joseph's (1-0) edged Valparaiso (0-2) with late-game scoring for the second consecutive year in the 66th contest between the two teams.

St. Joseph's Gavin Voss converted a field goal with less than five minutes left in the game to break a tie and cap a 16-point quarter for the Pumas.

VandeMerkt helped spark the fourth-quarter offense, completing two of his four touchdown passes early in the quarter. A 76-yard touchdown pass to Alphonso Hines gave the Pumas a 31-23 lead.

Valparaiso responded with a 58-yard touchdown pass from Eric Hoffman to Tanner Kuramata. A successful 2-point conversion tied the game at 31-31 before Voss' field goal broke the tie for good.

Hoffman had 291 yards passing and three touchdowns to lead the Crusaders.

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2015 Pioneer Football League Standings

TEAMCONFOVR
Dayton7-110-2
San Diego7-19-2
Jacksonville6-29-2
Morehead State6-27-4
Butler4-46-5
Drake4-45-6
Marist4-45-6
Campbell3-55-6
Stetson1-73-8
Davidson1-72-9
Valparaiso1-72-9

2015 Great Lakes Standings

TEAMCONFOVR
Indianapolis8-010-2
McKendree6-29-2
Missouri S&T5-35-5
Truman State4-45-6
William Jewell College4-44-7
Southwest Baptist3-54-6
St. Joseph's (IN)3-54-6
Quincy3-53-7
Lincoln (MO)0-81-10