Ceres High varsity football dual-threat running back Andrew Gibson earned the respect of the Western Athletic Conference's head coaches this fall.
"He's an undersized kid that's an overachiever," Central Valley leader Scott Edwards said while praising Andrew. "He lays it all out there."
Gibson and Bulldog teammates Dalton Durossette, Elias Saldana and Andrew Alcala were all honored during the WAC year-end coaches meeting on Nov. 15 in Patterson.
"We would have had more kids recognized if we won more games," said Bret Durossette, Ceres High's head coach from 2000-05 and 2011-17.
Gibson, a 5-foot-6 185-pound senior, was selected to the WAC First Team.
He totaled 490 yards and five touchdowns in five games.
He caught 24 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns.
Gibson rushed for 194 yards and two TDs on 55 carries.
"There was definitely a lot of pressure," Gibson said. "People rely on you to make big plays. I just wanted to help out the team."
"When he gets his motor running, he's hard to bring down," coach Durossette said. "He's one of the best running backs in the area. He had a good high-school career."
"He's a good athlete," Edwards added. "He's fun to watch."
Gibson earned second-team all-league honors as a junior.
He gained 337 yards and scored five TDS on 63 attempts.
He had 115 yards and one touchdown on 14 receptions.
"Last year, I got second team," Gibson said. "This year, my goal was to work for first team. Being a senior was motivation. I always put all my effort on the field."
Durossette, Saldana and Alcala were selected to the WAC Second Team.
Dalton, a sophomore quarterback, completed 74 of 131 passes for 823 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions.
Durossette totaled 274 yards and five touchdowns versus crosstown-rival Central Valley.
"He completely exceeded my expectations," coach Durossette said. "He's going to get better."
"There's a lot of pressure playing quarterback," Gibson added. "He did a great job. I'm happy he was on my team."
Just a sophomore, 5-foot-10 266-pound Saldana was Ceres High's top offensive lineman.
"We could tell during the summertime he'd be physical enough to handle playing varsity," Bret Durossette said. "He's a big kid. He works really hard. He'll be recognized again the next couple years."
Saldana's dominant play impressed Gibson.
"I remember on one of my runs he picked someone up and slammed them to the ground," Andrew said.
Alcala, a 5-foot-8 160-pound junior defensive end, tallied 29 tackles and on interception.
He also contributed at linebacker and defensive back.
"He did all kind of things for us," Bret Durossette said. "He's a pretty gutsy kid."
Ceres High (0-5) placed last in the 2017 WAC standings.