Buhach Colony's 45-14 win over Hilmar Friday was a quick game, clocking in at about two hours, but it was a long day for Hilmar's injury-riddled defense.
"We brought a knife to a gunfight," Hilmar coach Frank Marques said.
The knife he referred to was Isaac Diaz, who moved from running back to take over the quarterback reins after Andrew Olson broke his wrist last week. Diaz showed flashes of breakaway potential from a wildcat-type offense (61 yards on 18 carries), but left the game with a left ankle injury in the third quarter.
"We didn't know what to expect," Buhach coach Kevin Swartwood said. "You've got to hand it to them to be ready like that, without their quarterback."
With Diaz out, Hilmar returned to a more traditional offense with Jonathan O'Brien at the helm. Marques said he didn't know how long Diaz would be out.
Regardless, it was Buhach (3-0) that came through with the big-play scores.
Buhach's offense entered the game expecting a knock-down, drag-out fight. But with only 23 healthy Hilmar players, according to Marques, and defensive stalwart Daniel Greenleaf out with tonsillitis, Buhach gained big on the ground.
"We watched the Enochs tape," Swartwood said, "and the only thing they gave up was the pass."
So when Buhach drove 62 yards in five plays -- all on the ground -- for a D.J. Dawson touchdown on its first drive, Buhach was surprised.
"We were expecting their defense to be tough," running back Jarrell Davis said. "We expected to have to pound the ball."
Buhach's second drive netted Davis his first score of the night, a 14-yard scamper. Davis added another touchdown in the third. Ben Watson threw two passes -- one a touchdown to Matt Small -- and added a score on the ground. Levi Crain also found the end zone.
Nate Azevedo and Jeremy Nickelsen scored for Hilmar (2-2).