Hudson Valley Defense Shines in Preseason Workout
CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063 or (518) 629-0115
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, August 23, 2003
After its first full week of practice, the Hudson Valley Community
College football team stepped on to Veterans Memorial Field for the first
time this year for a 90-play controlled scrimmage earlier today.
The defensive line, which returns All-Northeast Football Conference
sophomores Frantzy Dorlean (Spring Valley/Ramapo High School), Ernest
Jones (Bronx/Lehman High School) and Jermaine Price (Browns Mill,
NJ/Pemberton High School), made it difficult all day for the offense. The
offense gained only 54 rushing yards on 35 carries. Hudson Valley
quarterbacks also were sacked eight times. Freshman Jonel Saint Dic
(Elizabeth, NJ/Elizabeth High School), who won the defensive Most
Valuable Player of New Jersey's North-South High School All-Star Game
last season, had three sacks. Freshman Dan Hughes
(Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius High School) contributed two sacks.
"We've had some good senior leadership so far this summer, especially on
the defensive side of the ball," said head coach Bob Jojo, who is
entering his sixth season at the helm of the Vikings. "Our defensive
front eight returns a lot of good players and is playing real well right
Hudson Valley quarterbacks completed 22 of 46 passes for 284 yards.
Freshmen Jonah Chappell (Brownfield, ME/Fryeburg Academy) and Aaron Pack,
Jr. (Baltimore, MD/Dundalk High School) saw most of the time at
quarterback. Chappell directed the offense to its only score, leading
them on a nine-play, 65-yard drive. During the scoring drive, he
completed four-of-six passes for 54 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown
Sophomore quarterbacks Ryan Gribulis (Kerhonkson/Rondout Valley High
School) and Marquis Ingram (Queens/Lyndon Institute) each worked two
drives before giving way to Chappell and Pack.
"We wanted to get a good look at the freshmen today," said Jojo. "We know
what Ryan and Marquis can do."
Other offensive highlights included a 16-yard run by sophomore
All-American running back Emmanuel Marc (Spring Valley/Spring Valley High
School), who carried the ball only three times on the afternoon, and a
24-yard pass completion from Gribulis to tight end J.J. Nesheiwat
(Poughkeepsie/Arlington High School).
"I thought we did some good things today," added Jojo. "We made some
little mistakes, but those are mistakes that can be corrected before our
Hudson Valley begins its 35th season on Saturday, September 6 against
visiting Navy Prep. The opening kickoff is scheduled for noon.