Indians Cross County and JV football
Ganado cross county and JV footballsubmitted articles. We ran out of room in the paper.
Contributed by Jack Turner
At Moulton, our JV girls were first. In four track meets this season, they have finished first three times and third once. They beat Gonzales by one point 37 to 38. Our top seven girls were Taylor Ortiz 3rd, Kayden Pena 4th, Janisa Aguilar 5th, Frida Predero 12th, Savannah Babb13th, Jaden Rosalez 14th and Celeste Ramirez 18th. JV boys were 3rd. Tyrin Brito finished 4th, Bruce Burtschell 7th, Jacob Sulak 15th, Beau Galetti 19th and Cody Price 25th out of 57 runners. Only had five runners. Top finishers in JH girls were Marisa Almeda 58th, Annalyze Thedford 64th, and Emily Thedford 62nd out of 170 girls. Junior HIgh boys finished 1st over Navarro by 3 points. Alan Baez is undefeated in 3 meets and ran under 12 minutes for his two miles twice so far this season and was a minute plus over the second place finisher JH boys have finished first twice and third in three meets. His time was 11:53 Damian Aguilar was 4th, and has broken 12 minutes once in his three meets. Callen Hajovsky was 19th, Luke Reid 15th, Curtis Ledwig 47th, Juan Almeda 65 and Colton Dodds 80 out of 184 boys. Total team effort for all of our boys and girls. We were passing everybody in site to move up in our team and individual positions. Couldn't be any prouder of a group of young people who work so hard.
At our previous Cross Country meet at Shiner, our JV girls were first over Sealy 33 to 37. Taylor Ortiz finished 2nd , with a personal best of 15:02, Janisa Aguilar was 5th, Kaden Pena 6th, Jayden Rosalez 11th, Frida Pedrero 13th, Jennifer Menchor 15th, and Braelyn Ullman 19th. They all won medals and several of them had personal bests as well. Tyrin Brito was the top Varsity Boy finisher. Top JH girl finishers were Marisa Almeda with a personal best of 16:04. Alan Baez was first in the JH boys divison with a Personal best of 11:52. He has won every meet so far this year and has run his two mile under 12 minutes at every meet so far with his closest competition coming from team mate Damian Aguilar who finished 16th and Callen Hajovsky out of 153 runners.
JV Football submitted by Sheldon Moor
The Ganado JV Indians pushed their record to 3-1 on the sub varsity season with a thrilling and hard fought 17-14 victory over the Sharks. Ganado started the game with a touchback on the kick off by Fabian Almeda. The Sharks opening drive was stifled on a huge 4th down stop made by a host of Indian defenders just as Palacios had crossed midfield. The Ganado offense looked as if they would stumble out of the starting blocks with two negative runs on 1st and 2nd down then a false start to push them back to a 3rd and 17 situation. But as they would do all night the Indians faced the adversity and overcame it. Clayton Webernick would connect with Fabian Almeda for 20 yards to convert the 3rd and 17 and keep the drive rolling. Later Webernick would complete a pass on 3rd and 10 to Matthew Lewis for 13 yards and a first down. Ganado would cap the drive with an 8yd pass from Webernick to Almeda and after the P.A.T. Ganado lead 7-0. The rest of the quarter would be a defensive struggle with both teams fighting just to win the field position battle.
Early in the 2nd quarter the Indians defense came up with a game changing play, as at midfield the Sharks QB and RB would fumble their exchange and Eric Aguilar pounced on the ball for Ganado. On the following drive Indian QB Webernick would connect again with Fabian Almeda for a gain of 37 yards as well as Alexis Martinez for a 29 yard connection. The drive would stall out in the red zone though forcing the Indians to settle for a 29 yard field goal which was good by Fabian Almeda pushing the Indian lead to 10-0 just before the half.
The start of the 2nd half brought a momentum shift as Ganado would go three and out on their first offensive series and Palacios would respond in a big way. On the first snap of the 2nd half on offense the Palacios quarterback would call his own number keeping the ball on a zone read as he scampered 48 yards for the Shark touchdown. The two point conversion would be successful pushing the score to 10-8 Ganado. On their next drive Ganado would turn the ball over on a Webernick pass that was intercepted after he was hit while releasing the pass. The Indian defense would stand tall in the face of adversity though and force a turnover of downs when Palacios attempted to go for it on 4th down.
After the 4th down stand the Ganado offense looked as if it would go three and out again until Webernick connected with Alexis Martinez for an 80 yard catch and score, the P.A.T. was good pushing the Indian lead to 17-8 with 5:47 left in the ball game. If you had any fingernails left at this point the next five minutes of action would definitely have you chewing them off no matter who you were rooting for. Palacios would answer the 80 yard td with another QB rush for a td this time from 21 yards out. After a failed two point conversion the Indians now lead 17-14.
Ganado received the ball after the Shark TD and went into their four minute offense trying to milk the clock down while still staying aggressive in their play calling. The Indians would get the ball across midfield and into Shark territory only to see the drive stall thanks to penalties. On 4th and long the Indians decided to punt and Trace Roznovsky, made sure the Sharks would have a long way to go, stopping the ball on the Palacios four yardline leaving the Sharks with 96 yards to go and not much time to do it. After a couple first downs and timeouts the Sharks were nearing midfield with a minute left. On 2nd down from the Ganado 48 the Palacios QB was sacked and forced to fumble by Alexis Martinez, luckily the qb was able to regain possession saving the game for at least one more down. Then on 3rd down the Ganado defense responded again bringing the heat this time applied by Michael Bubella resulting in an Indian sack. The 4th down hail mary went waning into the night sky and the Indians walked away the victors with a hard fought 17-14 victory. The Indians take their 3-1 record on buy this week before returning to action the week of September 30th