The first East Bay Bowl took football fans on a wild ride Saturday afternoon.
Host Diablo Valley College held on for a 30-27 victory over Laney as the teams combined for three pick-sixes -- two run back by the Eagles and one by the Vikings.
In the first meeting between the longtime rivals since 2005, Diablo Valley led 30-13 after a 38-yard field goal by Stephane Vanier with 7:02 left in the third quarter. Then things went haywire for the Vikings (7-4), who committed five personal foul penalties in the fourth quarter.
"We made it a lot more exciting than I wanted it to be," DVC coach Mike Darr said. "Guys get fired up and want to make a play and, unfortunately, you've got to know when to turn it off."
With the Vikings defense seemingly in command, Laney quarterback Charles Cobbs ran 74 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 30-20. Justin Brandon's 35-yard interception return of a Quinn Kaehler pass cut it 30-27 with 6:22 left.
"We started 0-3, and you fight to the end. I'm proud of our kids," said Laney coach John Beam, whose team finished 5-6.
DVC's Robert Johnson's 30-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Vikings a 27-13 lead. It followed the Vikings' Trevor's Smith's 24-yard touchdown catch.
The Vikings' vaunted defensive line created heavy pressure, limiting the Eagles to 100 net yards rushing and 131 yards passing. Kyle Kragen had two sacks, and Kyle Egan, his former teammate at San Ramon
Laney defensive back Jamal Mayo, the game's defensive MVP, had an 80-yard interception return for a score.
Kaehler threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off three times.
The Vikings' CJ Best, the offensive MVP, ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Contra Costa 37, Monterey Peninsula 25: Freshman Devonte Sapp-Lynch returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown as the Comets topped the host Lobos (5-6) in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl.
Contra Costa (8-3) trailed for most of the first half, but Sapp-Lynch's touchdown with 53 seconds left in the second quarter gave the Comets the lead for good.
Quarterback Lamar McKnight got off to a slow start, completing only one of his first four passes. But the sophomore picked up his game and completed 11 of 19 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. McKnight also ran for a 21-yard touchdown.
Ronald Butler caught six passes, including both of McKnight's touchdown throws, for 77 yards to earn the Offensive MVP Award after the game. CCC defensive back John Lewis intercepted a pass from Monterey Peninsula quarterback Chad Pittman and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown.
-- Tommy Wright, Monterey County Herald
Siskiyous 47, Chabot 18: The host Eagles (10-1) scored 27 points in the second half to run away from the Gladiators in the NCFA Central Division Bowl. Chabot (5-6), which trailed 20-13 at halftime, came into the game having won five of its last six.