For all its creative soccer, captivating goals and aggressive play, the Central California Conference has been rather predictable.
Merced has won the last two crowns in dominating fashion, and in 2008 became the first team from the south to win a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I section title since Beyer in 1996.
Before it, there was Atwater, a back-to-back CCC champion.
If Week 1 of the CCC season is any indication, the status quo has been disrupted.
This season, there are no safe bets.
Merced lost a conference game for the first time in nearly two years, watching its 18-game unbeaten streak go by the wayside with a 2-1 loss to Turlock.
Atwater threw away a redemption victory over Pitman in the final 10 minutes, and Buhach Colony waited until the final second to pull out its win. Quite literally.
"And I thought our game was crazy," Atwater coach Jimmy Brewer said after learning of Buhach Colony's wild finish against Golden Valley.
Just how wacky have things gotten in the southern half of the section?
Well, for years Los Banos was the perennial punching bag in the CCC. Now that the program has moved into the Western Athletic Conference, it's finally hitting back.
Los Banos finished last week with an unbeaten record, boasting a win over Merced and a trophy dash at the Buffalo Cup in Manteca.
"I don't know what's going on," Buhach Colony coach Josh Newton said.
Newton almost needed a ventilator following last Thursday's 4-3 victory over Golden Valley.
Buhach Colony scored four goals in the final 5 minutes, including the game winner with just seconds left in the match.
"It was like four Hail Marys and three onside kicks," Golden Valley coach Lee Shaw said. "We were stunned because it was at the end of the game and we had handled them so well. It was a dominant performance, and they didn't have a whole lot until that point.
"It was a fluke. Very lucky. Very strange. Just one of those things."
Fabrizio Chavez started the comeback with the first of two goals, pounding a cornerkick into the back of the net in the 75th minute.
Newton still wasn't convinced. Yipee, he thought, we finally scored.
"I'm thinking, 'Good job. Hey, we got one goal,' " he said sarcastically.
What happened next is the stuff of legend, especially in the score-so-little game of soccer: three more goals, including two inside a minute.
The goals came in a flash as Buhach Colony tightened its defense and attacked Golden Valley through the air, taking advantage of a late-game goalie change.
Johnny Salazar completed the comeback with a back-post finish.
"I couldn't believe how we pulled it off. I literally couldn't believe what had just happened. Four goals in the last 5 minutes?" Newton asked, rhetorically. "I couldn't even catch my breath for 10 minutes. I was so excited, so overwhelmed, so in awe of what just happened."
A few miles north, Brewer was dealing with a similar range of emotions.
Only his were spurred on by a 1-1 draw with Pitman that felt more like a loss. Atwater took a 1-0 lead into the 70th minute, believing it had survived the worst.
Goalie Omar Fuentes was sent off the field with a yellow card midway through the second half.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Brewer nervously moved sweeper Cris Rosales between the pipes.
"We were crossing our fingers for 10 minutes," Brewer said. "We survived, thankfully."
Victory was theirs.
Or so it seemed.
With 10 minutes left, Rosales slid a backpass to Fuentes, who attempted a first-time clearance.
Struck with pace, the ball missed Fuentes' boot and rolled into the back of the net for the equalizer.
Brewer looked like he'd seen a ghost.
"That was pretty deflating," he said. "To give one up like that was tough to swallow, especially when it was looking so good."
Maybe it was a warning sign for the CCC and its fans: this season, with a triple round-robin format, no lead is safe, no team a sure bet.
"I don't think there's any team that can run away with it like it has been the last two years," Shaw said. "It's going to be exciting."