Coach of the Year: Moore leads Vikings to No. 1 ranking

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 12/29/19

Jasper head coach Bryan Moore led the Vikings to new heights in 2019, following up his successful inaugural campaign with a level of prestige attained by few programs in the state.For the first time …

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Coach of the Year: Moore leads Vikings to No. 1 ranking

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Jasper head coach Bryan Moore led the Vikings to new heights in 2019, following up his successful inaugural campaign with a level of prestige attained by few programs in the state.

For the first time in school history, Jasper found itself ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 5A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, while also having the top scoring offense and defense in Class 5A and performing several off-the-field projects to further cement the program’s pride in the community it represents.

Moore is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Coach of the Year.

The Vikings entered the season as the No. 3 team in Class 5A after finishing 11-2 in Moore’s first year, with several components returning to form a solid nucleus for success, but missing competent leaders that helped drive the 2018 squad.

An opening victory over arch rival Cullman — the first since 2010 — served as a springboard for the quickly-emerging momentum the Vikings would establish. Following a rout of Dora to begin Region 7 play, Jasper was ranked as the top program in the state — a ranking it would hold for the remainder of the regular season.

The Vikings recorded five shutouts on the year — holding region opponents to 27 total points on the year. On the season, Jasper averaged 40.3 points per game on offense, while its defense surrendered just 10.9 points per game.

Jasper’s key win on the year came on Sept. 27, 35-34 over then-No. 2 Central Clay County, the eventual state champion.

In the community, the Vikings also worked to show their pride in the school they represented through projects such a community clean up and partnering with the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center to spread awareness on safety issues with prescription drugs with an inflatable viking ship.

“From a leadership standpoint, I didn’t know what we had going into the year. Six months ago, we didn’t have any leaders — none of them had to lead because our previous senior class had a lot of leaders. It was the job of this class to come in and continue that,” Moore said. “After the Cullman game and a string of region wins where we blew everyone out, we knew we had something special. The kids developed on and off the field. Overall, I’m really proud of the team and our senior class and what we were able to accomplish this year.”