Vikings Shut Down Dean, 27-7
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, September 22, 2001
Franklin, Mass., September 22, 2001 – Playing
at Longley Field against Dean College, Hudson Valley Community College's
defensive unit recorded its second shutout of the season and the Vikings
captured a decisive 27-7 victory. Dean College, a Northeast Football Conference
(NFC) foe, scored on an interception return halfway through the first quarter,
but managed just 141 yards of total offense. Led by linebacker Shadee
Davis (New Brunswick H.S., NJ), who recorded six solo tackles and two
sacks, Hudson Valley allowed Dean to complete just six passes for 43 yards
through the air. The Vikings also forced four fumbles.
"We played well and hit 'em hard," said linebacker
Gary Smith (Concord H.S., DE), who contributed seven tackles. "This
isn't the best we can play, though. I think there's better to come."
The Vikings are now 3-0 overall and 3-0 in NFC play.
Dean dropped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the NFC.
While Hudson Valley's defense gave up just 2.7 yards
per play, the Vikings were explosive on offense, particularly in the first
half. Justin Kastner (Hudson H.S.), who finished the game with 226
passing yards, threw for 196 yards in the first 30 minutes, helping Hudson
Valley open up a 20-7 halftime lead.
"The line played really strong today," said Kastner,
who scored on a two-yard scamper and hit Derrick Dyer (John Marshall
H.S.) with 10-yard touchdown pass, both in the second quarter. "They
gave me a lot of time in the pocket."
Dyer finished with four catches for 84 yards. All-American
wide receiver Shawn Miller (Troy H.S.) had seven receptions for
122 yards. He now has 20 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns in
Tailback Maceo Clinton (William Floyd H.S.),
meanwhile, helped the Vikings chew up the clock in the second half. On
the game, he had 23 carries for 110 yards. He also had a 14-yard touchdown
run and a 10-yard reception. David Hullum (Garfield H.S., OH) scored
Hudson Valley's first touchdown, with 16 seconds left in the first quarter,
on a four-yard run.
Hudson Valley plays next at Williams College on Sunday,
Hudson Valley's football program was established
in 1969. At the time, Hudson Valley was one of only two junior colleges
in New York to field a varsity football team. Since then, nearly 300 Hudson
Valley football players have earned scholarships to four-year schools and
15 have gone on to play professionally. The Vikings competed in the Coca
Cola Bowl in Iowa in 1980. In 1996, Hudson Valley posted an 8-0 record,
part of a dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.