Jackson County teams enjoy success
Sept. 30, 2010 at 4:30 a.m.
No one has suggested consolidating Edna, Industrial and Ganado high schools, but it would make for some entertaining Friday nights.
"We would have a heck of a Class 3A team," said Edna coach Mike Pierce. "That's what you'd have if you had a Jackson County High School."
Jackson County fans are enjoying what they're watching at present.
Edna, Industrial and Ganado have combined for a 12-1 record heading into Friday night's games.
The lone loss was Ganado's 20-14 win in overtime against Industrial.
"If you look at it," said Ganado coach Jimmy Thompson, "you could say none of us has lost in regulation."
Edna is ranked No. 8 in the state Class 2A poll and Ganado is ranked No. 6 in the state Class 1A poll.
Edna and Industrial each opened District 14-2A, Division I play with impressive wins.
"Some years you have strength in your team and some years you don't," said Industrial coach Doug Kuhlmann. "We just all three have good, solid kids and programs going right now."
The situation is not totally unfamiliar to Pierce, who played and coached at Tidehaven in Matagorda County.
Pierce remembers the 1980 season when Tidehaven won a state co-championship, Van Vleck advanced to the state final and Bay City advanced to the semifinals.
"This is a very competitive county to be in," Pierce said. "You have good coaches and good programs so I'm not surprised."
The players at each school are familiar with each other and expect all three teams to be successful.
"I knew all the teams would be good," said Industrial quarterback Austin Smalley. "You have a bunch of people who are all seniors in a bunch of areas. I knew there was a bunch of talent coming back and it's a bunch of experience."
Thompson came to Ganado from Mount Pleasant and has been impressed with the talent and level of play he's witnessed.
"Once we got here we could tell you had good coaches and good players at all three schools," Thompson said. "It's a very competitive county to be in."
The Industrial-Ganado rivalry has been around for years. The Cobras' rivalry with Edna has become more intense since the teams joined the same district.
Edna and Industrial and will meet in Vanderbilt on Oct. 15.
"I knew Industrial was going to be good," Pierce said. "I hadn't really seen Ganado because we don't play them, but I saw them some in 7-on-7 and could tell they would be good. There's no doubt you have three real good football teams in Jackson County."