ATWATER — Atwater senior Logan Gonzalves held the Bloss Bowl trophy high as his teammates cheered.
Fellow senior JoJo Ochoa took a running leap on top of the pile and kissed the trophy.
The Falcons brought the trophy home and likely earned a playoff spot in the process as they came from behind to beat Buhach Colony 29-26 on Friday night in the eighth Bloss Bowl in front of a crowd of about 3,500 in the newly named Dave Honey Stadium.
"What an exciting game," said Ochoa, who rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns. "We get to put our pads on one more game. This means a lot of every senior out here."
The Falcons (6-4 overall, 3-2 Central California Conference) relied heavily on Ochoa and the 5-foot-10, 225-pound fullback was more than happy to carry the load.
Ochoa bulldozed his way through holes forcing a gang of Thunder players to bring him down.
The Falcons found themselves in an early hole as Buhach Colony (4-6, 2-3) hit Atwater with a couple big plays early as Aundre Sherman hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Darin Dupont and Justin Stefani broke free for a 64-yard touchdown run.
PITMAN 27, TURLOCK 25, at Turlock Logan Wolfley scored on an 89-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and the Pride held on to beat the Bulldogs in the Harvest Bowl.
Pitman, which improved to 3-2 in the CCC, clinched the conference's No. 2 seed by virtue of its victory over Atwater (3-2) last month.
The game was tied 13-13 heading into the fourth quarter when Turlock took a 19-13 lead on Jevon Hogan's 2-yard touchdown run.
However, Chance Hagar scored on a 2-yard run and Wolfley's run put the Pride in front 27-18 lead.
Andrew Lopez scored from 5 yards out for the game's final points.
MERCED 28, GOLDEN VALLEY 9, at Merced The win closed out a perfect 5-0 Central California Conference run for the Bears (5-0) and improved their all-time Mayor's Cup record to 12-8. It was the ninth straight time Merced defeated the Cougars (3-7, 1-4 CCC).
Bee staff contributed to this report.