Nov 02, 2015
The Diablo Valley College football team will look to rebound from a tough defeat when it hosts College of San Mateo in the National Bay 6 Conference on Friday night at Viking Stadium.
The Vikings (4-4, 2-1) and Bulldogs (6-2, 2-1) are in a three-way tie with Santa Rosa (5-3, 2-1) for second place in the conference, each with two games left in the regular season.
First-place City College of San Francisco (7-1, 3-0) handed Diablo Valley its first Bay 6 loss 44-7 on Saturday.
On a difficult afternoon in San Francisco, the Vikings' defense battled effectively overall.
Marquis Davenport of Hercules had two interceptions and a team-high eight total tackles, and Thompson Pulu of Hayward had one interception. Pulu, Franklin Uesi of College Park and Kory Lamberts of Alhambra each had sacks. Marcus de la Pena of San Ramon Valley had seven total tackles.
Kyle Trego of Liberty led the Vikings in solo tackles with four. He and Yamvo Teague of Berkeley each had six total tackles.
State-leading quarterback Drew Anderson of Miramonte was 22 for 42 for 256 yards passing with five interceptions, including two pick-sixes, and two fumbles. Speedster Nick West of Liberty scored the Vikings' lone touchdown on a 69-yard reception from the strong-armed Anderson.
Slot man CJ Cornwell of California had eight receptions for 82 yards.
Interestingly, the DVC-CSM showdown will pit the Vikings' high-volume passing attack against the Bulldogs stingy passing defense. Anderson leads the state in average passing yards with 356.5 a game, and in touchdown passes, with 28. But CSM leads in passing defense, allowing just 137.0.
The Vikings resilient defense will be tested by CSM's state team-leading rushing offense, averaging 255.1 yards a game.
Cornwell leads the state by a wide margin in total receptions with 82, and Marcus Amstrong-Brown of Justin-Siena, a returning all-conference selection, and West have 82 receptions combined.
DVC will finish the regular season at Santa Rosa on Nov. 14 as it completes a difficult three-game stretch against Bay 6 power brokers.
Friday's game vs. College of San Mateo will broadcasted live over the internet, please look at the DVC Athletics webpage for info on the broadcast.
The Vikings' Kin Wong won the Big 8 Conference championship men's race, covering the 4-mile course in a season personal record of 20 minutes, 50 seconds in Santa Rosa. He led DVC to a third-place team finish.
The Vikings' Ariana Corwin finished seventh as an individual in the women's Big 8 meet, covering 3 miles in 20:23
The men's team and Corwin will compete in the NorCal meet in Salinas on Friday.
The first-place Vikings men's team (16-12, 5-0) walloped Modesto 18-4 on Oct. 28 for their fourth consecutive win. They will compete in the Big 8 tournament on Nov. 5-7 at American River College.
The Vikings women's team (20-2, 6-1) beat Modesto 16-2 on Oct. 28, and will head into the Big 8 semifinals with a full head of steam.
DVC will be the host venue for the men's and women's NorCal championships Nov. 13-14. The Vikings men's and women's teams won NorCal titles last season.
The Vikings (6-10, 2-7) dropped back-to-back 3-0 decisions to Big 8 powers Sierra and Santa Rosa. Jade Lee led the Vikings at the net against Sierra with 10 kills, and Jamie Chow had 13 assists.
DVC will travel to American River on Nov. 4 and Cosumnes River on Nov. 6. The Vikings beat Cosumnes River 3-0 on Oc. 9.
Freshman goalkeeper Katie McGlaughlin of College Park made seven big saves as the Vikings (6-4-6, 3-3-4) battled Sierra (7-2-6, 3-1-5) to a 0-0 draw in Big 8 action in Rocklin on Friday.
It marked McGlaughlin's second straight shutout, also including a 7-0 win over Cosumnes River. She ranks No. 2 in the state with a .935 save percentage.
DVC is at Sacramento City (1-15, 0-9) on Tuesday, and then it hosts American River (6-9, 2-7) on Friday. Should the Vikings run the table this week, they could move into fourth place.
-- Matt Schwab