LIVINGSTON — 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 quick 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.
"He's a player," Pacheco head coach David Snapp said. "We don't throw a lot because of the type of offense we run, but he can make plays. He even completed a pass to himself tonight."
Pacheco outgained Livingston in yards 151 to 33 in the first quarter.
"We don't have the kind of offense that can rally back from big points in a short time," Livingston head coach Chris Lacey said. "We're more of a ground and pound team ourselves."
Livingston did take advantage of Pacheco turnovers.
The Wolves recovered a fumbled punt return at Pacheco's 48-yard line late in the first half.
Livingston quarterback C.J. Avila eventually found Daniel Castaneda for a 10-yard touchdown pass that cut the lead to 20-7 just before the half.
However, the Wolves couldn't stop Pacheco's running game.
Paul Parks broke free for a 63-yard touchdown run on Pacheco's second play of the second half to help give the Panthers a 28-7 lead.
Paul Parks finished with 195 yards on 20 carries. Kamoku added 98 yards on 17 carries.
Meanwhile, the Panthers' defense held Livingston to just 63 yards rushing on 39 attempts.
"Pacheco was ready to play," Lacey said. "They did a great job. They were more physical than us up front."