Hudson Valley Defense Shines in Preseason Workout

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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 now."

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 pass.

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 first game."

Hudson Valley begins its 35th season on Saturday, September 6 against visiting Navy Prep. The opening kickoff is scheduled for noon.