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
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
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.