Vikings Down Dean

Franklin, Mass. – 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 three games.

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, September 30.


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