ATWATER — A streak of lightning flashed across the Atwater sky about midway through halftime.
The lone bolt extended the intermission of Friday night's Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 first-round game by an extra 30 minutes and forced the Falcon Field crowd to vacate for the parking lot.
It was the kind of situation that very easily could have led to a sluggish second half on a cold night where the Buhach Colony faithful were already low on energy.
Instead, a little more than 30 minutes later Leon Miles delivered the thunder.
The BC back scored a pair of touchdowns a little over two minutes apart to break open the game in the third quarter and the Thunder cruised into the second round with a 59-22 victory over McNair.
No. 5 Buhach will travel to No. 4 Antelope next week for the quarterfinals.
"We were determined to come out of the locker room with energy," said Miles, who finished with 188 yards on 16 carries and three second-half touchdowns. "It was a weird halftime, but we used the extra time to just go over plays and make adjustments."
It certainly appeared to work as the Thunder (9-2) broke TD runs of 69, 47 and 54 yards in the second half.
BC wracked up 480 rushing yards on 42 carries behind Miles, Stefon Gold (11-153 and 2 TDs) and Jayce Webster (3-82).
Buhach went into halftime up 29-14 thanks to a 7-yard TD run by Tyler Dew, 15- and 45-yard TD runs by Gold and a Dew 43-yard TD reception from Joe Marquez.
Cedrick Phillips (17-36-245) tried to keep McNair (7-4) alive passing for 159 yards and a pair of scores in the first half, but BC put things away quickly in the third quarter.
After a quick defensive stop, Miles broke free for a 69-yard score on a counter.
The Thunder went for the onside kick and the offense went right back to work.
Miles was in the end zone again four plays later, scoring on an 8-yard run to give the Thunder a 42-14 lead.
The defense did its part as well, sacking Phillips seven times and intercepting three passes.
"I thought it was a very mature performance from our team tonight," BC head coach Kevin Swartwood said. "This game didn't have the hype or the crowd of the Atwater game and that was one of the weirdest halftimes I've ever experienced.
"But we came out with energy and took care of business.
"It was a good first playoff victory."