The Diablo Valley College football team scored 20 points in the third quarter in a 47-3 nonconference win over host Monterey Peninsula on Saturday night.
The Vikings, ranked No. 11 in Northern California, led 14-0 at halftime before quarterback Quinn Kaehler found wideout Diante Jackson for a 33-yard scoring play early in the third quarter. Just two minutes and seven seconds later, the Vikings scored again on a four-yard TD scamper by Kaehler to make it 27-0.
"They're very good. I knew we needed to play out best," Monterey Peninsula coach Mike Rasmussen said. "I'm disappointed with our performance, but I'm proud of the way we played in terms of effort. The guys never gave up until the end."
Coming into Saturday, DVC (3-3) was averaging over 500 yards of offense per contest, second best in the state. Kaehler, meanwhile, was No. 1 in the state in passing yards with 398 per game.
Against the Lobos, Kaehler completed 20 throws for 378 yards. His backup, former Gilroy quarterback Niko Fortino, came in later and went 5 for 6 for 88 yards and a score as DVC won its third straight game.
DVC's defense also shined, allowing Monterey Peninsula just 79 yards of offense in the first half.
"They're as good a defensive team as any other we've played," Rasmussen said. "But we could've played better."
The Lobos did make some noise late in the third quarter when defensive lineman James Karasek scooped up a Vikings fumble and nearly scored from 70-plus yards out. He was stopped at the Vikings' 4-yard line and despite the field position, the Lobos had to settle for a 25-yard field goal.
On the ground, eight MPC runners mustered only 105 yards. Starting QB Cole Houston completed 10 throws for only 83 yards and was picked off three times in the second half.
"Turnovers were a big difference in the second half," Rasmussen said.