Two Hudson Valley Athletes Earn NFC Player of the Week Accolades

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 3, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College's Emmanuel Marc (Spring Valley, NY/Spring Valley) was named Northeast Football Conference (NFC) Offensive Player of the Week, and teammate Antoine Cunningham (East Orange, NJ/Clifford J. Scott) earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. The student-athletes were recognized for their efforts in Hudson Valley's 19-10 victory over Dean College on September 28.

Marc carried the ball 10 times for 111 yards and one touchdown, all of which came in the second half. The team's leading rusher this season and the fourth leading runner in the NFC, Marc is averaging 78.8 rushing yards per-contest.

Cunningham provided a key stop for the Vikings when he intercepted a Dean pass at the Hudson Valley 3 yard line with 11 seconds remaining in the first half. He also recorded four tackles, including one for a four-yard loss, and a pass breakup.

Hudson Valley's football program was established in 1969. At the time, Hudson Valley was one of only two junior colleges in New York to field a varsity football team. Since then, nearly 300 Hudson Valley football players have earned scholarships to four-year schools and 15 have gone on to play professionally. The Vikings competed in the Coca Cola Bowl in Iowa in 1980. In 1996, Hudson Valley posted an 8-0 record, part of a dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.