Vikings Come Up Short Against Navy Prep

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, October 20, 2001

Troy, N.Y., October 20, 2001 – Hudson Valley Community College's football team dominated most of the statistical categories against Naval Academy Prep today, but the Vikings came up short, losing to the Rams, 21-14. Due to construction of a minor-league baseball stadium at Hudson Valley, the non-conference game was played at Troy's La Salle Institute.

Hudson Valley, which had 24 first downs while holding Navy Prep to just 10 first downs, is now 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the Northeast Football Conference. Navy Prep is 2-4 overall.

After an early Navy Prep touchdown, Hudson Valley's Dylan Cooper (Saratoga H.S.) and All-American wide receiver Shawn Miller (Troy H.S.) hooked up to tie the game at seven. Cooper hit Miller with a 20-yard touchdown pass. Then, with 1:12 remaining in the first quarter, Cooper connected with Derrick Dyer (John Marshall H.S.) for another 20-yard touchdown.

The scoring toss, which gave Hudson Valley a 14-7 lead, was Cooper's 10th of the season. Miller and Dyer have each scored seven touchdowns in 2001.

Navy Prep managed a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to regain the lead, though. Hudson Valley's defense held Navy Prep scoreless in the second half, but the Vikings also were unable to punch the ball in the end zone. With 7:07 remaining, Hudson Valley took over on its own 13-yard line. The Vikings put together a 16-play, 58-yard drive, but a fourth-down pass to Dyer, with just 38 seconds left, fell incomplete and Navy Prep ran out the clock.

Cooper completed 13 of 25 passes for 135 yards. He threw two interceptions, but he also contributed 38 yards rushing. Dyer had seven catches for 74 yards and Miller had six receptions for 65 yards. Tennell Savage (Notre Dame H.S.) topped Hudson Valley with 56 yards rushing, and he had two catches for 19 yards. Maceo Clinton (William Floyd H.S.) had 14 carries for 54 yards.

Gary Smith (Concord H.S., Delaware) and Willie Edison (Cypress Lake H.S., Florida) each had eight tackles. Shadee Davis (New Brunswick H.S.) had seven tackles and a sack.

The Vikings racked up 316 yards of total offense; Navy Prep gained just 208 yards, 158 of which came on the ground. Hudson Valley controlled the ball for 37 minutes and seven seconds.

The Vikings host RPI's JV squad at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 28. The game will be played at La Salle Institute.

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.