The Missouri Valley College football team rolled to a 40-0 halftime lead Saturday en route to a 47-7 Heart of America Conference victory over visiting Culver-Stockton.
The fourth-ranked Vikings' special-team units accounted for their first 12 points, plus the lone second-half touchdown. The impact began early, when the Wildcats' second possession ended with a punt blocked by sophomore Dominique McDonald into the end zone for a safety.
A 29-yard return of the ensuing kick-off by senior LaQuentin Black, senior Zavier Steward's 15-yard run and an 11-yard pass from senior Taylor Beasley to Stewart set up a 30-yard field goal for senior Fabian Miramontes.
After Culver went three and out, junior Tyler Davis brought back a punt 65 yards for his first return touchdown of the season.
The 'Cats benefited from a roughing the kicker penalty on their next punt attempt and worked their way to the Valley 22-yard line before senior Phil Kraft came up with two big plays -- a 2-yard tackle for loss and a 9-yard sack -- to stop them on downs.
On the Vikings' second snap, senior Keith O'Neal broke off a 72-yard run, the first of four second-quarter touchdowns.
Senior DeMarcus Blackmon picked off a pass in opposing territory, but Valley couldn't convert. However, on the next Viking series, Beasley hooked up with senior Chris Owens for 28 yards and junior Alex Benson for a 27-yard scoring strike.
A Davis interception and 18-yard Steward run put Valley within field-goal range for Miramontes, but he missed the 33-yard attempt. The Vikings got the ball back quickly when senior Siosaia Mataele recovered a fumble at the C-SC 28, Beasley throwing 14-yard passes to Steward and freshman Mikquel Johnson to cover the distance in two plays.
On the Vikings' final possession of the first half, Beasley found freshman Seth Martinko for a 42-yard pass, O'Neal carried the ball 11 yards to the Culver 2-yard line and senior LaNorris Dukes plowed in from there with one second left in the half.
Valley was content running the ball during the second half, but its defense and special teams combined for another score. Sophomore Ty Phillips, the HAAC "defensive player of the week" after recording two sacks against Baker, got his second of the game and junior Rahfee McClee blocked a punt which junior Andrew Huhman recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
Culver (0-5, 0-5 HAAC) put together a 17-play, 88-yard drive against the defensive reserves to, like Avila two weeks earlier, prevent a Viking shutout with points in the fourth quarter -- junior Curtis Widener flipping a 7-yard pass to freshman Nick Hill.
Valley out-rushed the 'Cats, 213 to 11 yards, with O'Neal gaining 104 yards. Steward added 104 all-purpose yards.
The Vikings (5-0, 4-0) have an open week in the schedule before facing their third ranked league foe on Oct. 13 when No. 6 Benedictine visits Gregg-Mitchell Field.