Vikings Tamed by Lions of Nassau

CONTACT: R. Sean Coffey, (518) 629-7898,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

The Hudson Valley Community College football team (1-5) was defeated by Nassau Community College (6-0), 34-7, on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Troy. The Lions remain undefeated on the season, and on top of the Northeast Football Conference with the win, as the Vikings fall to 1-4 in the NFC.

Nassau began the game with an impressive opening drive for a touchdown, failing on the two-point conversion to make it 6-0 with 11:41 remaining in the first quarter. After stopping Hudson Valley on its first two possessions, Nassau broke a 65-yard touchdown run with 2:09 left in the quarter. Down 13-0, the Vikings put together an 80- yard drive on six plays that was capped off by a one-yard Kenny Youngs (Lansingburgh/Lansingburgh) touchdown run. This put the score at 13-7, and that's how the half would end.

The third quarter was evenly matched for the majority, until Nassau blocked a Hudson Valley punt and took possession on the Vikings' 17-yard line. The defense for Hudson Valley couldn't hold off the Lions as they scored a touchdown on the fourth play of the drive with 1:29 remaining in the third quarter. The dagger came on the Vikings' ensuing possession as they were at mid-field and driving. A poorly executed reverse resulted in a fumble that was scooped and returned 45 yards for a touchdown, making the score 27-7 and putting the game out of Hudson Valley's reach. Nassau followed the fumble return with a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown in the game's waning moments to make the final 34-7.

As for Hudson Valley's bright spots, running back Kenny Youngs had another tremendous afternoon with 131 yards rushing on 20 carries. Fellow running back and Lansingburgh native Nyquan McGirt (Lansingburgh/Lansingburgh) had a solid day as well with 51 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, the Vikings' leading tackler on the season, Sidiq Souleman (Clinton DeWitt/Bronx) had another great day with 9.5 total tackles, including seven solo tackles. Corner back James Bryant (White Plains/White Plains) had nine solo tackles on the day.

Hudson Valley next travels to play Alfred State on Saturday, Oct. 16.