Pacheco High quarterback Jacob Parks turned around to hand the ball off to a running back who wasn't there.
Parks stood there with the ball exposed for what seemed like 4 or 5 seconds.
The Panthers senior then tucked the ball away and took off. Parks went around the left side and evaded a couple Livingston defenders on his way to a 20-yard touchdown. It was Parks' third touchdown of the first quarter as the Panthers jumped out to a 20-point lead on their way to a 28-19 win over Livingston on Friday night.
"Even when I mess up I know I have to make something happen," said Parks, who scored on runs of 1, 20 and 20 yards. "The call was supposed to go the other way. I got confused. I saw I could get outside so I made a play out of it."
Everything went right for Pacheco (2-0 Western Athletic Conference, 4-2 overall) in the opening quarter.
The Panthers marched 75 yards on 11 plays on the opening drive of the game. Pacheco ran the ball on 10 of the plays with Paul Parks and Kalama Kamoku pounding the Wolves' defense.
Pacheco moved the ball to the 1-yard line where Jacob Parks plunged in for the touchdown.
It only got worse for Livingston (0-2, 3-3) when Pacheco's Omar Pompa punched the ball out of Joseph Chavez's arms on the ensuing kickoff and then recovered the fumble on the Wolves' 19-yard line.
After a holding call pushed Pacheco back 10 yards, Jacob Parks actually caught his own pass when it was deflected up in the air. He turned it into a 9-yard gain.
Two plays later he dropped back to pass and quickly took off up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead.
His botched handoff play on Pacheco's next possession gave the Panthers a 20-0 lead with 1:19 left in the first quarter.
Pacheco outgained Livingston in yards 151 to 33 in the first quarter.
Livingston's AJ Avila tosses a 10-yard pass to Daniel Castaneda.
Livingston High's defense makes a play.
Pacheco High's Jacob Parks scampers for a 20-yard TD.