ATWATER -- The list of great Merced running backs is as impressive as it is long.
It includes names like Wendell Mathis, John Rushing, Anthony Volson, Freddy Bland and Jhay Roland.
In recent years, Merced fans have watched Garrett Turner and Stephon Mathis rack up big yards.
However, none of them did what junior Eric DeAnda did on Friday evening.
Merced's "De-Train" set the school's single-game rushing record with 303 yards and scored three touchdowns as Merced defeated Buhach Colony 33-30 at Falcon Field.
The previous record belonged to Wendell Mathis, who rushed for 283 yards against Ceres in 2000.
"Wendell was the best player I ever coached," said Merced coach Rob Scheidt, whose team improved to 2-0 in the Central California Conference and 2-4 overall. Merced has now won 20 consecutive league games.
"That's great for Eric. When you think about all the tailbacks that have played at Merced High. That's a pretty amazing feat."
Merced needed every single yard to hold off Buhach Colony and its explosive offense.
DeAnda had it going early as he used his power and speed to score three first-half touchdowns to give Merced an early 20-0 lead.
DeAnda had four runs of 20 or more yards in the first half alone, including touchdown runs of 25 and 40 yards.
DeAnda was fired up to go against Buhach Colony's trio of backs, especially Corey Chapman.
Chapman had a monster game as well, with 197 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. The junior also hauled in a 32-yard touchdown reception.
"It's always been me and Corey all the way back to city league," said DeAnda, who was making only his second start at running back. "We've always gone at each other."
Chapman and company kept chipping away at Merced's lead.
Buhach Colony closed out the second quarter with Chapman's touchdown on a screen pass and a 25-yard field goal by Manuel Mendoza to cut Merced's lead to 20-10 at the half.
Jarrell Davis then pulled BC even closer with a 28-yard touchdown run on a fly sweep. Suddenly, Merced's lead was cut to 20-16 early in the third quarter.
"Really, it was just us not wrapping up," Merced defensive lineman Marques Barron said. "We had guys tired because they were just getting back up on the ball after every play.
"Corey is good enough to run through arm tackles and Jarrell too."
The Buhach Colony defense just couldn't slow down DeAnda and company.
Merced moved the ball up and down the field. Quarterback Rudy Monteon came up with a big throw when he needed it.
On fourth-and-5, Monteon hooked up with Juan Valencia for a 35-yard touchdown pass to extend Merced's lead to 33-22 early in the fourth quarter. It was Monteon's first touchdown pass this season.
It didn't take long for Buhach Colony to answer back. Chapman broke off a 61-yard touchdown run to pull BC within 33-30 with 7:53 left in the game.
"It's the second week in a row we fought back," said Buhach Colony coach Kevin Swartwood, whose team dropped to 1-2 in the CCC and 4-3 overall.
"The only problem is you can't get down that far against a good team and expect to win."
Swartwood's boys had one more shot when Monteon fumbled a snap and Buhach Colony recovered the ball on its 34-yard line with 3:57 left on the clock.
However, Merced's defense stopped the Buhach Colony offense on four straight plays.
Merced then ran out the clock and celebrated its second straight win after starting the season 0-4.
"After the 0-4 start, we just stayed together like a family," DeAnda said. "We kept our heads up. It's all about the love on this team."
Central California Conference
BUHACH COLONY 30
At Falcon Field
Merced 6 14 6 7 -- 33
Buhach Colony 0 10 12 8 -- 30
M -- Eric DeAnda 25 run (kick failed)
M -- DeAnda 3 run (Jose Mema kick)
M -- DeAnda 40 run (Mema kick)
BC -- Corey Chapman 32 pass from Ben Watkins (Manuel Mendoza kick)
BC -- Mendoza 25 FG
BC -- Jarrell Davis 28 run (kick failed)
M -- Andrew Mendoza 6 run (kick blocked)
BC -- Chapman 16 run (kick failed)
M -- Juan Valencia 35 pass from Rudy Monteon (Mema kick)
BC -- Chapman 61 run (Dallon Muse run)
Records: Merced 2-0 CCC, 2-4 overall; Buhach Colony 1-2, 4-3.
JV -- Buhach Colony 27-14.