Seven Vikings Earn All-Conference Recognition

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FOR RELEASE: Thursday, November 10, 2005

Seven Hudson Valley Community College football players were named to the Northeast Football Conference All-Star team as voted on by the league's coaches.

Hudson Valley's offense had five players recognized. Leading the way were freshman wide receiver Tim Bush (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs High School) and sophomore tight end Jamal Harrod (Baltimore, MD/Southwestern High School), who each earned First Team recognition. Bush led Hudson Valley with 31 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Harrod caught 14 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown.

Earning Second Team All-Conference recognition on offense were sophomore running back Dane Samuels (New City/Clarkstown High School), sophomore tackle John Rescott (Troy/Lansingburgh High School) and sophomore center Josh Nelson (Cambridge/Greenwich High School). All three players were two-year starters for the Vikings. Samuels rushed for 638 yards and nine touchdowns in 2005 and finished his Hudson Valley career ranked second on the college's all-time rushing list with 1,763 yards.

The Vikings defense only allowed 152.1 total yards per game, which ranks fourth in the NJCAA and tops the conference. Freshman safety Lamar Gordon-Holmes (Sayreville, NJ/Sayreville High School) earned First Team All-Conference recognition after finishing the year with 49 tackles, three sacks and an interception.

Sophomore linebacker John Fuschino (Clifton Park/Shenendehowa High School) was named to the Second Team after leading the team with 81 tackles and four sacks.

Hudson Valley finished the 2005 season with a 6-4 record – its 14th winning season in the last 16 years. The Vikings also captured the Region III championship for the fifth time in the last six years.