Ratelle helps Drake beat Valparaiso 35-21

Updated: October 13, 2012, 5:29 PM ET
Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Mike Ratelle returned a kickoff for a touchdown, helping Drake beat winless Valparaiso 35-21 on Saturday afternoon.

Ratelle's 88-yard kickoff return, followed by a kick by Cam Bohnert, gave Drake (5-2, 4-0, Pioneer League) its first touchdown of the day

Adding to the score, Mike Piatkowski threw for one touchdown -- a 10-yard pass to T.J. James -- and 1 yard for another. Piatkowski was 22 of 36 for 327 yards. Trey Morse also scored on a 29-yard run.

Trey Morse also scored on a 29-yard run for the Bulldogs.

For the Crusaders, Eric Slenk had two touchdowns -- a 24-yard catch from Ben Lehman in the first quarter and a 23-yard catch from Quinn Schafer in the fourth. Lehman was 11 of 26 for 100 yards and Schafer was 6 of 8 for 78 yards.

Ryan Leher ran 3 yards for a Valparaiso (0-6, 0-3 Pioneer League) touchdown.

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