Vikings Look To Get Back To Winning Ways

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 11, 2001

Hudson Valley Hopes To Start A New Winning Streak
Against Alfred State College At 1 P.M. Saturday

Hudson Valley Community College's football team, coming off its first loss of the season, will host Northeast Football Conference (NFC) rival Alfred State College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. Due to construction of a minor-league baseball stadium at Hudson Valley, the game will be played at Troy's La Salle Institute.

The Vikings (4-1, 3-0 NFC) had a four-game winning streak snapped by Erie Community College on October 6. Erie defeated the Vikings, 40-7. Shawn Miller (Troy H.S.), Hudson Valley's All-American wide receiver, had nine receptions and 226 all-purpose yards. Alfred (1-5, 0-3 NFC), meanwhile, played most recently on October 4, falling to St. John Fisher's JV squad, 39-34.

In week seven of the 2000 campaign, Hudson Valley downed Alfred, 50-23. Hudson Valley finished the season with a 6-3 record and won the NJCAA Region III title. Alfred posted a 5-4 record.

Hudson Valley and Alfred have played each other every year since 1996; the Vikings are 5-0 all-time against the Pioneers. Hudson Valley holds a 217-94 scoring edge.

On offense this year, the Vikings are led by Miller, who holds Hudson Valley's record for receptions in a game (11) and receiving yards in a game (189). Miller leads the NFC with 29 receptions for 469 yards. He also has five touchdowns this season. Derrick Dyer (John Marshall H.S.), a 6-foot-4 wide receiver, has 17 catches for 310 yards and five touchdowns. He also scored on a 90-yard kickoff return. Additionally, Hudson Valley boasts the top-ranked defense in the NFC, allowing just 136.8 yards of total offense per game. Linebackers Gary Jones (Concord H.S., Delaware) and Mike Miller (Firestone H.S., Ohio) anchor the defense.

Alfred quarterback Mike Pozzi leads the NFC with 1,243 passing yards. He has completed 44.7 percent of his pass attempts while throwing for 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Alfred has the No. 2 and 3 receivers in the conference: Will Smith has 20 receptions and Mookie Murray has 18 catches. While Alfred has established a solid passing game, the team is averaging just 50.2 yards per contest on the ground this season. The Pioneers also are the weakest in the NFC defensively, allowing opponents to gain 415.3 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.