Cougars hand Jasper loss in region opener

Clay-Chalkville moves to 3-0

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/8/17

After his team suffered a 41-6 defeat to Clay-Chalkville on Friday night, Jasper Head Coach Heath Brunner had a strong message for his players in the post game huddle, stressing, “one game does not define a season.”

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

E-mail
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

Cougars hand Jasper loss in region opener

Clay-Chalkville moves to 3-0

Posted

After his team suffered a 41-6 defeat to Clay-Chalkville on Friday night, Jasper Head Coach Heath Brunner had a strong message for his players in the post game huddle, stressing, “one game does not define a season.”

A difficult early season schedule has seen the Vikings drop to 1-2 on the year with a 47-7 loss to No. 1-ranked Austin in Week 1 and Friday’s loss to the Cougars, a perennial Class 6A power who improved to 3-0 with the win. With a bye week upcoming, Jasper must now prepare to travel to face No. 2-ranked Pinson Valley on Sept. 22

“It doesn’t get any easier,” Brunner said about the schedule. “It has to be one of the toughest schedules in the state when you look at the first four games, but I think ‘to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.’ We are playing some great football teams, and that will help us get better in the long run.

“One game doesn’t define what we will do throughout the remainder of the season,” Brunner added. “I still believe in this team. I still believe in our coaching staff. We have some good football left to be played this year.”

Clay-Chalkville dominated in all phases of the game with 414 total yards (236 rushing and 178 passing), compared to Jasper’s 145 total yards with 101 of those coming on the ground.

The Cougars picked up their first score at the 10:39 mark of the first quarter when quarterback Willie Miller scored on a 3-yard option run. Only five minutes later, Clay-Chalkville scored again when Lawson Hinkle scored on a 13-yard run to push the Cougars’ lead to 14-0.

A 22-yard field goal by Drennon Mayhew late in the first quarter increased the lead to 17-0.

Second quarter scoring for Clay-Chalkville saw Miller score on another short run and later connect with Roderick Mccloud on a 39-yard scoring pass. A touchdown run by Quentin Young late in the second quarter put the Cougars on top 38-0 at halftime.

Clay-Chalkville’s only score of the second half was a 24-yard field goal by Mayhew. Jasper scored late in the game on a 15-yard run by Dylan Norris to cut the final deficit to 41-6.