Ganado tops Industrial in Jackson showdown
Sept. 4, 2010 at 4:04 a.m.
In a game that featured two Jackson County rivals with stout defenses and strong running games, it was a interception in overtime that was the decisive factor.
"Defense wins championships as coach always tells us. That's totally true and we showed it," said Ganado Indians quarterback/defensive back Trey Thedford.
Thedford's interception of Industrial Cobras quarterback Austin Smalley and Josh Labay's three-yard touchdown gave the Indians a 20-14 overtime win against Industrial Friday.
"Well my heart's still pounding. I was so excited. I'm 58, I've done this for 30 years and I don't get overly excited a lot, but I sure did tonight," said first year Indians head coach Jimmy Thompson.
Thedford's adrenaline and excitement carried him nearly 60 yards the other direction before he ran out of bounds close to his team's bench.
The Cobras took a two-game winning streak over Ganado into the game, which gave Labay some added motivation to beat the non-conference rival.
"The first time I beat them in three years so it actually feels pretty good to beat them at least once," Labay said.
Last season Labay had 66 yards on 10 carries against the Cobras, Friday he gained 111 yards on 15 carries and scored all three Ganado touchdowns. Labay was also the recipient of all four Thedford completions for 26 yards.
The first half was a game of missed opportunities for both teams as the Cobras got inside the Ganado 28 three times without coming away with points and the Indians reached the Industrial red zone with a minute left and were turned away.
"We got down there often and had our chances and we didn't get it done. You can look at that both ways, we went against a strong defense and also our offense has to execute," said Industrial head coach Doug Kuhlmann.
Labay showed his vision and patience early in the game as he waited for his blocks to develop inside, then cut outside for a 69 yard score that put the Indians up 6-0 after a missed extra point.
In the first half, the wishbone-run-oriented Cobras aired it out more than last week as Austin Smalley completed two of his seven passes through 24 minutes.
But it was Smalley's legs that helped the Cobras overcome red zone miscues and 40 penalty yards as he rushed for 125 yards on 14 carries and both Industrial scores to go along with 80 yards passing.
"Austin's a big part of our offense and we expected him to run some tonight," Kuhlmann said.
Facing a third and 11 from midfield, Smalley lined up in the shotgun for a pass, was flushed out of the pocket and ran with the ball 46 yards to the end zone breaking three or four tackles in the process.
The extra point gave Industrial a one-point lead they took into the locker room at halftime.
After struggling to pick up first downs in the first half, the Indians offense paced by Wesly Demicelli.
Demecelli picked up 42 of his 62 yards on seven carries on the Ganado opening drive of the second half to help set up Labay's second score of the game and put Ganado up 14-7 midway through the third after a two point conversion.
"I just did what I was supposed to do," said Demecelli.
Smalley would respond with a rush score of his own late in the third that ultimately forced overtime.
Micah Montes also had a solid night for the Cobras. Montes helped fill the gap left by Blaine Rozner who left in the second half with cramps. Montes carried the ball 11 times for 92 yards.
Industrial looks to carry the momentum next week against East Bernard and beyond.
"It builds a lot of confidence, that team is a great 2A team and we're a great 1A team," Labay said. "It's just two great teams going at each other."