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11/21/2014
Send-Off Celebration Planned as Hudson Valley Community College Football Heads to Salt City Bowl; Game Scheduled for Dec. 6

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

What: Salt City Bowl Send-Off Celebration for the Hudson Valley Community College football squad.

Why: Hudson Valley, ranked #19 in the NJCAA with an 8-1 record, accepted a bid to the Salt City Bowl in Hutchinson, KS, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2:07 p.m. (EST) to face #4 ranked Hutchinson Community College (10-1).

Who: Attending the ceremony from Hudson Valley will be President Drew Matonak, Director of Athletics Kristan Pelletier and Head Football Coach Mike Muehling. Faculty, staff and students from the college are invited. The entire football squad will be in attendance. The public is invited free of charge.

Where: McDonough Sports Complex Lobby.

When: Send-Off Celebration takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 3, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with pizza and beverages. At 12:15 p.m. team members will be introduced and remarks will be made by Pelletier, Matonak and Muehling.

Details: The team ended this season with an 8-1 record, their best since an 8-0 finish in 1996.
The Vikings’ last bowl game was the 2003 Graphic Edge Bowl that they lost to Ellsworth Community College, 29-23. Hudson Valley previously played in the 1980 Coca-Cola Bowl, losing 17-14 to Iowa Central.

The Salt City Bowl takes place Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2:07 p.m. in Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson, KS.

A Community Viewing Party with a live video stream will be held in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium and Meeting Rooms, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with lunch and a pre-game show.

“We are excited to be a part of the Salt City Bowl and to play one of the top teams in the nation. We had a great season, but it didn’t end how we wanted it to with our last regular season game. We have another chance to redeem ourselves and we are excited about the opportunity,” head coach Mike Muehling said about the bowl bid.

Coming off a 10-1 season, having lost only to #2 Iowa Western, Hutchinson’s Blue Dragons bring in the No. 6 rushing attack in the nation, led by former Alabama transfer Alvin Kamara. Kamara is No. 5 in the nation in rushing with 1,253 yards and No. 3 in rushing touchdowns with 18.