ATWATER -- There's no question the Buhach Colony football program is finally taking steps in the right direction this season.
Friday night, however, BC was reminded just how far it still has to go.
Pitman came in, flexed its muscles and delivered a first-quarter knockout on the way to a 47-20 win in the Central California Conference opener for both teams.
"We were out-coached, outplayed and out-hustled," said BC coach Kevin Swartwood.
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"That's a good football team. They're physical, aggressive and fast. I was very impressed."
The game wasn't in doubt very long.
BC fumbled on the second play from scrimmage and found itself playing catch-up the rest of the game.
Pitman scored on an 18-yard touchdown run -- and the tone was set.
By the end of the first quarter, Pitman had racked up 176 yards of offense on its way to a 27-0 lead.
"I thought we were ready," BC receiver Hodari Peterson said. "I don't know what happened.
"Pitman came out hard and wanted it more than us."
Pitman junior Marcus Sanders torched Buhach Colony for 120 yards -- including a 58-yard score -- on just seven carries in the first half.
"Our coaches always talk about setting the tone and tempo, tempo, tempo," Sanders said.
"That's why we're at school from 6 to 6 every day. That's why it's always nice to look up at the scoreboard and see that big lead.
"We know we made our coaches happy and we made everyone that came to watch us happy."
Trailing 40-0, BC did manage to pick itself off the canvas in the second half, scoring three touchdowns.
Quarterback Kyle Davey ran for one touchdown and found Chris Calderon for a 55-yard touchdown pass.
"All we asked them to do was play their butts off in the second half and they did that," Swartwood said.
"That's the legacy this team wants to leave this school, as a team that never gives up."
Next up for BC is the Bloss Bowl with Atwater.
"We want to keep the trophy again," Peterson said.
"We don't want it to leave our weight room."