Hudson Valley Football Defeats Alfred State in Overtime

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, September 23, 2006

Four quarters of football has not been enough for Hudson Valley Community College lately. A week after losing a four overtime game, Hudson Valley (2-1/1-1 Northeast Football Conference) rebounded to take a 23-17 overtime decision over Alfred State College (3-1/0-1) this afternoon in Hornell.

Freshman running back Calvin Smith (McKeesport, PA/McKeesport High School) made the most of his first start for Hudson Valley. He rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner from two yards out in overtime.

Alfred State scored on its first play from scrimmage on a 62-yard reverse run by CJ Lee to take a 7-0 lead.

The Vikings responded to tie the game on its second offensive play when Smith ran the ball down the right side for a 50-yard touchdown.

The offensive fireworks would slow down after the first couple of minutes. Hudson Valley did manage to take a 14-10 lead into the half when sophomore quarterback Rodney Turner (Media/Strath Haven High School) hit wide receiver David Smith (Jersey City, NJ/Ferris High School) with a 38-yard touchdown strike with 25 seconds remaining in the half.

Hudson Valley stretched its lead to 17-10 on a 42-yard field goal by freshman kicker Paul Young (Stafford, VA/Forest Park High School) with 8:19 remaining in the game.

After the two teams traded punts, Alfred tied the game on a one-yard run by Jermell Corbit with 21 seconds remaining which capped a 13 play, 81 yard drive.

Alfred State’s last chance to score came on a fourth down and goal from the 11 yard line in overtime but sophomore Reggie Johnson (Tarboro, NC/Tarboro High School) knocked the pass away.

Turner completed 10-of-22 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown. Smith caught eight passes for a career-high 103 yards.

Freshman linebacker Jeremy Pruitt (Far Rockaway/Far Rockaway High School) led the Hudson Valley defense with 15 tackles, including four tackles for loss. Freshman Gerard Atkinson (Yonkers/Roosevelt High School) added 13 tackles.