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Gessinger's kick return sparks Valparaiso past Butler 35-17

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Bailey Gessinger took the second-half kickoff and raced 97 yards for a touchdown to spark Valparaiso to a 35-17 victory over Butler in Pioneer Football League play on Saturday.

Cody Boxrucker added three TD runs for the Crusaders (1-5, 1-2), who picked up their first win of the season and laid claim to the Hoosier Helmet for a second straight year in the battle between long-time rivals.

Valparaiso jumped out to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter on Jimmy Seewald's 22-yard scoring strike to Griffin Norberg and Boxrucker's 1-yard TD plunge.