Garden City’s Buffaloes football team reached the Class 6A quarterfinal round and finished its season with an 8-3 record.
In the process, the Buffs went 3-1 and captured their second straight Western Athletic Conference championship.
Monday, the WAC announced its all-league team, along with coach and individual honors and the Buffs swept the three major categories.
Head coach Brian Hill captured coach-of-the-year honors, while lineman DeMarcus Elliott and quarterback Garret Doll earned defensive and offensive player-of-the-year awards.
Hill just completed his eighth season at the helm of the Buffs and has compiled a 53-27 won-loss record (.663) and is the third most winningest coach in GCHS history, behind Dave Meadows (87) and John Dickerson (77).
In addition to those individual awards, the Buffs placed two other players on the offensive all-WAC squad — sophomore lineman Refujio Chairez and senior receiver David Arteaga, who played a variety of positions for the Buffs late in the season.
On the defensive side of the ball, Elliott was joined by end Jasper Partin, linebacker Brandon Angeles and defensive back Carlos Acosta, who led the league in interceptions.
Doll, in his only season at quarterback for the Buffs, finished by completing 118-of-250 passes for 1,533 yards, good for 14 touchdowns, while being intercepted nine times.
Arteaga, who played the quarterback spot late in the season from the Wildcat formation, rushed for 99 yards and then also caught 18 passes for 303 yards and four TDs. As the Buffs’ primary returner on punts and kickoffs, Arteaga finished with 298 return yards had 716 all-purpose yards for the season.
Acosta finished his sophomore season with 35 tackles, 27 of those solo, and picked off six passes from opposing quarterbacks.
Elliott ended his final season with 81 tackles, 35 solos, and had 18.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He also had one interception from his defensive tackle position.
Partin and Angeles were both key players for the Buffs’ defense, with Partin recording 69 tackles (37 solos) and Angeles with 42 (24 solo).
The Buffs placed five players on the second team offense and two on defense.
The offensive players included linemen Raul Ruvalcaba and Jacob Griffin, running back Quinton LaPointe, and wide receivers Tye Davis and Andrew Kreutzer.
Defensively, the Buffs’ selections included lineman Ethan Crone and linebacker Ryan Jarmer.