Victorville, CA — After starting the season 0-2, Buena has gradually picked up momentum throughout the season. As it prepares for its first sectional semifinal since 1993, the Bulldogs are suddenly rolling on their longest win streak in more than two decades. “We’ve come a long way,” Buena coach Ryan Bolland said. Even without star running back Jake Murphy, who ran for 1,354 yards and 16 TDs during the regular season, Buena has rushed for 363 yards and six TDs in its first two playoff victories in eight years. Junior quarterback Zane Carter has thrown for 1,692 yards and 11 TDs while running for 599 yards and 14 TDs since taking over for injured starter Jack Chavarria in September. Zane Carter has been a force passing and running the ball since taking over at quarterback for Buena. And a team led by 25 seniors has gotten a boost from several talented juniors. “We’re certainly a senior-heavy team,” Bolland said. “Early on, they were carrying us. What’s happened is a lot of those juniors have needed to play … kids like Zane, who’s obviously a phenomenal talent.” Junior receiver Colin Guenther has caught 48 passes for 776 yards and six touchdowns. Junior Camden Walker has run for 138 yards and a TD in the postseason while stepping in for Murphy. Six-foot-6 junior Miles Medina has given a similar boost to the offensive line. “All those kids who we have in the junior class have continued to improve … going through the schedule that we’ve had,” Bolland said. “It gives them the feeling that they can be in any situation and feel like they have a chance.” Buena visits Silverado, which has also won seven straight games since starting the season 0-5. The Desert Sky League champion reminds Bolland of Paraclete, Buena’s first-round opponent. “They have a similar style of play, with a lot of 10 personnel and a good pass-and-run balance,” Bolland said. “They definitely have athletes on outside. They keep it pretty consistent.” In the middle of a 250-mile round trip, the Bulldogs will have a chance to make history and earn the program’s first berth in a sectional final. “We already feel like we’ve accomplished a lot,” Bolland said. “The great thing is I feel like our kids want to keep playing. There hasn’t been any of that postseason drag.”