Hudson Valley Football Shuts Out RPI JV

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, October 15, 2006

Freshman quarterback Vernon Cross (Loudonville/Shaker High School) threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Hudson Valley Community College (3-3) football team to a 28-0 win over RPI JV (1-2) this afternoon on the campus of Hudson Valley.

Cross, who was making his first career start, completed 18-of-24 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns and rushed seven times for 24 yards.

Cross his freshman wide receiver Dominic Wright (Spring Valley/Saint Joseph High School) with an 11 yard touchdown pass that capped off a 15 play, 74 yard drive to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter.

On their next possession, the Vikings went 60 yards on 16 plays and Cross snuck it in the end zone from one yard out to give Hudson Valley a 14-0 lead.

Hudson Valley took a 21-0 lead into halftime after Cross hit sophomore wide receiver David Smith (Jersey City, NJ/Ferris High School) with a five-yard touchdown strike with 1:30 remaining in the half.

The Vikings final score came on a two-yard touchdown pass from Cross to freshman wide receiver Adrian Barnhill (Gloversville/Gloversville High School) with 3:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Hudson Valley’s offense gained 321 yards on the day while the Vikings defense limited RPI to just 37 total yards.

Freshman running back Calvin Smith (Copiague/Copiague High School) carried the ball 20 times for 93 yards for the Vikings.

Sophomore defensive end Chuck Valente (Troy/Troy High School) led Hudson Valley’s defense with six tackles and two sacks.

Hudson Valley will return to conference action when it hosts Berean Institute at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 21.