Happy 100th game as Eagles head coach, Jeff Ganske

September 7, 2018

Pasadena High School head football coach Jeff Ganske reaches a coaching milestone in Eagle Country tonight that so few have obtained.

When Pasadena hits the road to play Houston Chavez for the 7 p.m. game, it will be his 100th game as head coach.

Pasadena’s 100 Club currently only has two members. Bob Barfield, an inaugural member of the Pasadena ISD Athletics Hall of Fame back in 2012, and Ray Ward, who featured Ganske as one of his assistant coaches when Ward prowled Pasadena’s sidelines from 1990 through the 2002 seasons.

Had Hurricane Ike and Harvey not messed with Pasadena’s schedule over these last 10 seasons, Ganske would have celebrated his 100th game on the sidelines last year.

But Ike cancelled a game on Sept. 13, 2008 and Harvey of course played havoc with every school’s schedule last season.

Ganske’s first game as head coach arrived on Aug. 28, 2008 and it began in triumphant fashion when the Eagles defeated Goose Creek Memorial 27-20.

His best team so far arrived with the 2011 campaign when the Eagles savored an overall record of 5-5.

Offensively, it was one of his best team. The Eagles scored 243 points that season, using that points production to start the year with a 4-1 record.

The Eagles defeated Spring Woods 35-26, Waltrip 27-19, Milby 49-9 and Baytown Sterling 35-28 in overtime. The only blemish in that non-district stretch was a 48-28 loss to Alvin.

Right behind that year is the 2014 season when Pasadena scored 238 points. That was the year Pasadena scored 48 points on Houston Chavez and still lost, falling 49-48.

As for the best district campaign under Ganske so far, that honor also goes to the 2014 season. The Eagles finished with the second-best PISD ledger that fall, registering the record of 3-1.

Pasadena’s only win over Memorial arrived that year when the Eagles pummeled the Mavs 43-19. Then came a 35-30 victory over South Houston and a 28-21 win over Sam Rayburn.

Ganske’s other district highlight arrived at the end of the 2013 season when the Eagles defeated Sam Rayburn 56-28, the highest point total against the Texans since the 1967 contest.

Ganske teams have done reasonably well against their rivals, compiling a 4-6 record. Pasadena is currently enjoying one of its better runs against the Texans, having won four of the last five meetings.

The list of other non-district opponents that Ganske has prepared for over his 99 previous games include Waltrip, Spring Woods, Texas City, Houston Lee, Galena Park, Bellaire and St. Thomas.

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