ATWATER -- Ben Watkins took two steps, pointed his shoulders to the moon and tried to throw it just as far, lofting a ball deep down the right sideline.
On the other end: Matt Small, an athletic wide receiver often forgotten about in Buhach Colony's run-heavy offense.
Small leaped over Pitman cornerback Shea Patterson for the catch and fell into the end zone, triggering a wave of blank stares and hung jaws...
Along its own sideline.
Buhach Colony opened up the playbook on Friday evening, unveiling plays and pages very few knew existed in a 52-21 victory over Pitman at Falcon Field.
Buhach Colony racked up more than 500 yards of total offense and scored at will, punishing a Central California Conference foe it had never beaten since joining the conference.
The last time Buhach Colony beat Pitman was in 2003, when the two were competing in the Valley Oak League and Pitman had no seniors.
"I saw glimpses of this kind of performance against Clovis East," Buhach Colony coach Kevin Swartwood said. "No disrespect to Turlock, but we didn't play our best ball last week. Tonight, we forgot about records, forgot about the hype and just played our opponent."
With the win, Buhach Colony is now 7-0 and has beaten two of the three opponents expected to push it for the CCC championship. Only one remains -- Merced -- and the two meet next week at Merced College.
"They're the big dogs, year in and year out," Swartwood said.
BC is no slouch, not when it can incorporate the pass like it did Friday evening.
Buhach Colony has shown it can run the ball as well as anyone in the Sac-Joaquin Section, siccing running backs Dallon Muse and Jarrell Davis on defenses like attack dogs.
And for long stretches vs. Pitman, Swartwood did just that.
Three running backs gashed Pitman's defense for more than 100 yards:
Muse racked up 149 yards on 10 carries and had touchdowns runs of 1 and 60 yards.
Davis had 114 yards on just eight carries and picked up his team-leading 11th and 12th touchdowns of the season.
And then there was Stetson Barton, who went 80 yards untouched on the first play of the game. He finished with 116 yards on seven carries.
But when Pitman least expected it, Swartwood dialed up a pass play.
A few actually.
Watkins was 4 of 6 for 100 yards in the first half, targeting Small throughout.
The two answered a TD run by Pitman's Jaime Lemus with a 43-yard hookup at the end of the first quarter.
Small reached over the top of Patterson, pulling down the football and then fell into the end zone. Tanner Gleason's PAT made it 14-7.
After Gleason made it 20-7 with a 44-yard field goal, Pitman responded with a vintage Wing-T drive -- 10 plays for 45 yards, chewing up four minutes of game clock -- but it stalled at Buhach's 30 with 47 seconds left.
Watkins would only need half, taking to the air immediately.
Small reeled in an over-the-shoulder pass for a 45-yard gain on first down, ducking out of bounds to kill the clock.
On the next play, Watkins zipped a 14-yard pass into Small over the middle, positioning Buhach Colony inside the red zone with 33 seconds remaining.
Two plays later, Davis scored on an 11-yard run, giving Buhach Colony a 24-7 lead at the intermission.
Small finished with three catches for 102 yards.
"Throwing the ball was nice, but getting the 'W' was the most important thing," Watkins said. "It does add another element to our offense. The pass opens up the run even more, and as long a our offensive line keeps blocking the way they do...
"Everything should be open."
Buhach Colony scored on its first four possessions of the second half, topping the 45-point plateau for the fourth time this season.
A.J. Derr scored on a 71-yard run for Pitman (5-2, 1-1 CCC), but was just 4 of 9 and sacked three times.