As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Ceres High varsity football head coach Bret Durossette expected to be the target of a sneak attack.
Bulldog players decided to forego an over-the-top celebration following Friday's thrilling 51-48 win over visiting Johansen.
"I was looking to make sure the kids weren't going to dump Gatorade on me," Durossette said. "We haven't won since September of last year. They were excited. I'm happy for them. It's not about me. It's about them and the other coaches. They put so much time and effort in week in and week out."
The two teams entered the non-conference contest with identical 0-3 records.
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season.
Ceres High defeated Johansen 45-32 on Sept. 15, 2012.
The Bulldogs amassed 577 yards of total offense, picked up 25 first downs and committed just one turnover during this year's meeting.
Brad Bussard threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns.
Dylan Canatsy finished with a career-high 210 receiving yards and three touchdowns while grabbing 11 passes.
Harman Chung caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Brent Bussard, Brad's twin brother, gained 131 yards and scored two touchdowns on 20 carries.
"Pretty impressive," Durossette said while talking about his team's dominance. "They couldn't stop us. We were dialed in. We moved the ball methodically down the field. The offensive line did a great job."
It wasn't easy, but Ceres High prevailed.
The Vikings tried to run one final play from the Bulldogs' 20-yard line after their quarterback killed the clock.
But time ran out on Johansen.
"Everyone was spent," Durossette said. "Our kids rose to the occasion, defensively. Coach Brett Johnson works his butt off. He's one of the best defensive coordinators around."
The Bulldogs will face host Los Banos later this week at 7 p.m.
"It doesn't matter who we're playing," Durossette said. "We got another game Friday night."