Hudson Valley Dominates Dean, 39-9

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, September 23, 2000

Troy, September 23 – Hudson Valley Community College's football team evened its record with a 39-9 thumping of Northeast Football Conference (NFC) rival Dean Junior College at Veteran's Memorial Stadium today. Playing under windy conditions, the Vikings (2-2, 1-2 NFC) used a strong third quarter and a solid defensive effort to pull away from Dean (2-1, 1-1 NFC).

Leading 12-9 with 12:41 left in the third quarter, Hudson Valley's La'Ronn Paulk (Corcoran, NJ) forced a fumble at Dean's 42-yard line. Linebacker Keith Hill (Schenley, PA) scooped the ball up and rumbled to Dean's 10. As Dean defenders dragged Hill down, he tossed the ball defensive end Deshong Roach (Kingston), who took it in for his first collegiate touchdown.

About five minutes later, Gary Jones (Ravena) scored his second rushing touchdown of the game. The Vikings never looked back, and Jones led all running backs with 123 yards on 23 carries. Quarterback Justin Kastner (Hudson) closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a one-yard keeper. Derrick Black (Tarboro, NC) added some excitement in the fourth quarter, returning an interception 98 yards for a touchdown, the longest interception return in Hudson Valley history. Jim Canfield (Troy) also had two interceptions for the Vikings.

Hudson Valley travels to SUNY Canton for a 1:30 p.m. contest on September 30.

Hudson Valley Community College 39
Dean Junior College 9

1234 Total
Hudson Valley0 1221639
23:36Hudson ValleyGary Jones 15-yard run
(James Muscatello kick blocked)/td>
23:36DeanDavidree Reese returned blocked extra-point attempt 97 yards
(play was good for two points)
21:24 DeanSteven Silva 65-yard pass to Jeff Cupe
(Erik Hoffsis kick)
20:14Hudson ValleyJustin Kastner 15-yard pass to Shawn Miller
(pass failed)
312:41Hudson ValleyDeshong Roach 42-yard fumble return
(Muscatello kick)
37:50Hudson Valley Jones 5-yard run
(Muscatello kick)
34:32Hudson Valley Kastner 1-yard run
(Muscatello kick)
414:43Hudson ValleyDerrick Black 98-yard interception return
(kick failed)
Rushing31-136 yards48-198 yards
Passing Yards114107
Comp-Att/INT/TD10-26, 4 INT, 1 TD9-22, 0 INT, 1 TD
Total Offense Plays-Yards57-25070-305
Interception Returns-Yards0-04-131


Rushing: Hudson Valley – Gary Jones 23-123, Lamar Grier 7-32, Quian Davis 6-22, Derrick Dyer 2-18, Delino White 5-16, Abiodan Laniyan 1-2, Justin Kastner 1-1, James Muscatello 2-(-8), Jason Owens 1-(-8); Dean – Che Santos 13-75, George LeBlanc 6-30, Nygiem Calhoun 5-26, Anthony Smith 4-11, Steven Silva 2-3, Dermaine Jones 1-(-9).

Passing: Hudson Valley – Justin Kastner 9-21-0-107, Jason Owens 0-1-0-0; Dean – Steven Silva 10-20-3-114, Dermaine Jones 0-6-1-0.

Receiving: Hudson Valley – Derrick Dyer 5-75, Shawn Miller 3-32, Delino White 1-0; Dean – Jeff Cupe 1-65, Che Santos 2-19, Antonio Roscia 2-16, Nygiem Calhoun 3-8, George LeBlanc 2-6.

Interceptions: Hudson Valley – Jim Canfield 2-26, Derrick Black 1-98, Roland Ware 1-7.

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 dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.