Vikings Hope To Extend Winning Streak To Four Games

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 27, 2001

Hudson Valley's Football Team Will
Travel To Williams College On Sunday

Hudson Valley Community College's football team will travel to Williamstown, Mass., on Sunday, September 30 for a 1 p.m. matchup against Williams College, a Division III four-year school. While the Vikings will play against Williams College's JV squad, they should still be in for a test; Williams College's JV team may include any member of the school's varsity roster.

The Vikings (3-0) defeated Dean College, 27-7, on September 22. Hudson Valley's defense held Dean College scoreless – Dean College's only points came on an interception return – and quarterback Justin Kastner (Hudson H.S.) passed for 226 yards, including 196 in the first half. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Williams College's varsity team (1-0) started the 2001 campaign with a 28-13 victory against Colby College.

Hudson Valley and Williams College have never played before.

On offense this year, the Vikings are led by All-American wide receiver Shawn Miller (Troy H.S.), who holds Hudson Valley's record for receiving yards in a game (189) and receptions in a game (11). Kastner and Dylan Cooper (Saratoga H.S.) have combined to pass for 200.7 yards per game and a total of seven touchdowns. They have completed 54% of their pass attempts.

Defensively, linebackers Gary Smith (Concord H.S, DE) and Mike Miller (Firestone H.S., OH) lead the way. Smith has 27 tackles in three games and Miller has contributed 26 tackles. Hudson Valley's team defense is tops in the Northeast Football Conference, allowing just 120.6 yards of total offense per game.

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.