GANADO - Josh Labay's right shoulder was black and blue, but he made Shiner feel the pain.
Labay rushed for 136 yards and one touchdown to lead Ganado to 21-14 win over the Comanches in the District 15-1A, Division I opener for both teams on Friday night at Indian Stadium.
Labay sprained his shoulder so severely in last week's win over Palacios that he didn't practice in pads all week, and Ganado coach Jimmy Thompson wasn't sure how much he would be able to play.
"He was trying to limit me," Labay said. "I was like, 'Coach, just give me the ball.' He gave it to me and I played through my pain. I had to play through it so we could get this victory."
Labay, a junior, enjoyed his first win over Shiner in his three years at Ganado, and helped the No. 5 Indians improve to 6-0 on the season.
"It's bittersweet," he said. "It's definitely bittersweet to beat them. I can promise you that."
Labay carried a team-high 23 times and scored Ganado's first touchdown on a 44-yard run. He also played the entire game in the secondary.
"We got in a situation," Thompson said. "Neither one of our backs took a snap with their pads on this week in practice. Josh is a tough kid. We knew that. I think he'll be sore tomorrow, but I don't think he felt it tonight."
Labay had three runs of 10 yards or more, and gained positive yardage on 20 of his carries.
"He's got good hustle, he's a good athlete," said Shiner linebacker Joey Gamez. "He doesn't let little things get to him that some people do. He keeps his head up. If something's going bad he tries to go out there and keep doing the best he can. He doesn't let a bad play drag him down which is where some athletes run into problems. He's got a lot of hustle."
Ganado Indians' defensive back Trey Thedford fails to stop Shiner's Blaine Caka from catching touchdown pass in the second quarter. Marie De Jesus/Victoria Advocate
Shiner (1-6) did its best to pull off its third straight win over Ganado in a physical contest that included six turnovers and 12 penalties for 125 yards.
"A lot of the penalties we're just because it's intense," said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. "They've started to get a little rivalry built up with us and that's what happens when you get an extra push."
Ganado forced four turnovers, including two interceptions by Trey Thedford, a fumble recovery by Roy Sophus that led to the decisive score, and a fumble recovery by Brian Gamble that stopped a Shiner drive at the Ganado 33-yard line with 3:32 left in the fourth quarter.
"I don't think we played that well, but they had a lot to do with it," Thompson said. "They played like defending district champions. Talent wise I think we're better than they are, but they put a lot of effort into it tonight and I've got to take my hat off to them. They're well coached and they did some things to hurt us."
Shiner had only 81 rushing yards but scored on a 14-yard pass from Wesley Patek to Brady Beal and a 25-yard halfback pass from Gamez to Blaine Caka.
"We played a lot better tonight," Cerny said. "We played a good football game. Right there at the end we had some costly mistakes, but you have to remember we're playing against a great team. I thought our guys played lights out tonight. We caused mistakes for them and the same thing happened on our side."
Thedford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Demicelli with 21 seconds left in the second quarter to allow Ganado to tie game at 14 at halftime. Demicelli rushed for 45 yards and had 54 yards receiving.
Thedford scored the decisive touchdown on a 1-yard run with 7:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.
"I kind of had a bad feeling about tonight, but I played good and we came out with the victory and we're 1-0 right now," Labay said. "We really haven't played hard our past two games. We've kind of been blowing people out. This is a good test for us to actually come into a game and be challenged and see what we're made of. It's a great way to start district."
statistics source: http://www.advosports.com/games/544/Ganado Shiner First Downs 16 10 Yards Rushing 48-201 36-81 Yards Passing 54 64 Passes 3-7-0 5-11-2 Punts 3-100 2-71 Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-2 Penalties-yards 5-55 7-70 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Shiner 7 7 0 0 -- 14 Ganado 7 7 0 7 -- 21 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Brady Beal 14 pass from Wesley Patek (Lucian Blaschke kick), 2:47 G - Josh Labay 44 run (Brian Bubela kick), 1:38 Second Quarter S - Blaine Caka 25 pass from Joey Gamez (Blaschke kick), 5:31 G - Wesley Demicelli 28 pass from Trey Thedford (Bubela kick), 0:21 Third Quarter no score Fourth Quarter G - Thedford 1 run (Bubela kick), 7:32 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Ganado, T. Thedford 9-13, J. Labay 23-136, R. Sophus 2-8, W. Demicelli 13-45. Shiner, E. Jones 8-31, M. Wallace 2-10, J. Gamez 12-32, W. Patek 11-9, L. Blaschke 1-1, T. Flowers 1-0. Passing Ganado, T. Thedford 7-3-54-0. Shiner, W. Patek 10-4-39-2, J. Gamez 1-1-25. Receiving Ganado, W. Demicelli 3-54. Shiner, B. Beal 3-35, E. Jones 1-4, B. Caka 1-25.