Buffaloes stampede Tigers
Garden City High School’s defense came to play Friday night, holding Ulysses’s offense scoreless while the Buffalo offense lit up the scoreboard in a 38-8 victory at Buffalo Stadium.
“After all the diversity and all the things we’ve faced through six weeks, the kids just really came together,” GCHS head coach Brian Hill said. “I’m proud of the way the kids played and played continually hard for four straight quarters.”
Garden City got on the board first as Jerry Arteaga scampered 51-yards for a touchdown down the visitors’ sideline with 7:06 left in the first quarter. Issac Rivera kicked the point after attempt for a 7-0 lead.
With 3:07 left in the quarter, Caleb Wiese connected with Colin Kleysteuber for a pass reception for 34-yards and a touchdown. Rivera kicked the point after attempt for a 14-0 score.
In the second quarter, Rivera split the uprights with a 21-yard field goal with 11:15 left.
Ulysses’ only score of the game came from the Tiger defense. Ulysses blocked a Ryan Heiman punt near the Garden City end zone. The Tigers’ defensive lineman Dawson Hudson recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Jessie Rosales ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 17-8 with 7:46 left in the second.
Garden City moved the ball down the field, off several 20-plus yard runs by Janas when he finished off the series from 5 yards out for a touchdown at the 3:54 mark. Rivera kicked the extra point for a 24-8 lead.
As time was running out in the quarter, the Buffaloes hit pay dirt again with one second left, as Wiese connected with Arteaga on a pass reception for their second touchdown of the half. This time it was for 51 yards, mainly off the running of Arteaga. Rivera kicked the extra point for a 31-8 halftime score.
The Buffaloes only score of the second half came at the 4:04 mark of the third quarter, as Janas was not going to be denied the end zone, running over defenders, on his way for a 14-yards touchdown. Rivera kicked the point after for a 38-8 score, which turned into the final.
Besides holding Ulysses offense scoreless, the Garden City defense also held the Tigers to 84 yards total offense on 48 plays. The Tigers were averaging 230 yards total offense coming in to the Friday match up.
Garden City’s offense racked up 466 yards of offense in the game on 64 plays. The Buffaloes had 305 yards in their ground attack compared to the Tigers’ 35 yards. GCHS had 161 yards threw the air as Ulysses managed 49 yards.
“We challenged the offensive and defensive lines this week. We knew we were going to be bigger — but we’ve been bigger most of the weeks the we’ve played,” Hill said. “Those guys did a great job. That’s great to see because they hadn’t played that well the past couple weeks. Coach (Justin) Reich and the defensive staff did a great job — they’ve done a great job all year.”
The Buffaloes did have four fumbles lost during the game on offense while the Tigers’ had only one interception.
Janas led all rushers with 180 yards on 31 carries. Arteaga carried the ball three times for 65 yards for the Buffaloes. Brennan Vagher led the Tigers rushing with eight carries for 16 yards.
Wiese finished the game with 161 yards on 7-of-15. Ulysses’ Ben Scott was 10-of-21 for 49 yards.
Garden City used a balanced receiving corps in the game. Arteaga had one catch for 51 yards, Cooper Ramsey had one catch for 46 yards, Kleysteuber had two catches for 35 yards and Caleb Metzen had two catches for 24 yards. Janas had one reception for 5 yards.
Jessie Rosales and Oscar Martinez led the receivers for Ulysses. Rosales had three catches for 13 yards and Martinez has two receptions for 13 yards.
“I want us to keep fighting and keep working, and that’s what we’re going to be looking for this week,” Hill said. “Just because we got one ... now we got to start stringing them together. The beautiful thing is we get to come back here to Buffalo Stadium. Hopefully when we make some corrections, they’ll understand and it will be the difference that when we make a mistake, we got to keep playing.”
Garden City, now 2-5 overall, will host Great Bend at 7 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Stadium in the final Western Athletic Conference regular season matchup.