|The Vikings finished the season with a 6-2 overall record
and were 4-0 in Northeast Football Conference action. The loss drops
RPI's JV to 1-3 overall.
Hudson Valley tallied 491 yards of total offense and nine different players – Cooper, tailback Maceo Clinton (William Floyd H.S.), All-American wide receiver Shawn Miller (Troy H.S.), tight end Anthony Martinez (Colonie H.S.), fullback Tennell Savage (Notre Dame H.S.), fullback Danny Yacoub (Roosevelt H.S.), tailback Cedric Bryant (Rahway H.S., N.J.), tailback Demetrious Starling (North Babylon H.S.) and linebacker Shadee Davis (New Brunswick H.S.) – scored for the Vikings. Miller scored twice, catching a 9-yard pass from Cooper and a 10-yard pass from Justin Kastner (Hudson H.S.). Davis's touchdown, a 43-yard ramble after a fumble recovery, was Hudson Valley's first defensive score of the season.
Audwin Davis (Tuckahoe H.S.) and Lou Funaro (Mechanicville H.S.) each had 12 tackles. Starling led all rushers with 90 yards on seven carries. Cooper completed six of nine passes for 121 yards and no interceptions. Martinez, Miller and Yacoub each had three receptions.
Additionally, placekicker John Butera (Greece Olympia H.S.)
was accurate on all nine extra points he attempted. On the season, he
connected on 30 of 31 extra-point attempts, easily breaking Hudson
Valley's record for PATs in a season (John Taylor made 24 in 1997).
Cooper, who played for the Vikings in 1999 and this season, finished his Hudson Valley career with 20 touchdown passes, which ranks him third in the school's history. Kastner, who wore Hudson Valley's green and white in 2000 and this season, finished with 18 career touchdown tosses. Savage, a 5-foot-5 sophomore who played defense last season, averaged 6.9 yards per carry this season (54 carries for 373 yards), the third-best average in school history.
HVCC Vikings End Season With Huge Win
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