Jasper captures second straight region title

Vikings record fifth shutout of season

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/25/19

For back-to-back seasons, the Jasper Vikings are the Class 5A, Region 7 champions. The team earned the championship with a 49-0 shutout win over Hamilton Thursday night at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.

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Jasper captures second straight region title

Vikings record fifth shutout of season

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For back-to-back seasons, the Jasper Vikings are the Class 5A, Region 7 champions. The team earned the championship with a 49-0 shutout win over Hamilton Thursday night at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.

“We are proud, proud to be here again,” Jasper Coach Bryan Moore said. “I mentioned not taking this for granted, the fact that we will get to host a playoff game. We got the opportunity to fight all the way to the last region game. Hamilton has a good team. We played well, really proud of the kids and really proud of the program and how far it has come in two years.”

Jasper, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A, improves to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in region play. The loss drops Hamilton to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the region.

“This is a special time to be a Jasper Viking,” Moore said. “Everybody plays a role in this, from our teachers to our parents, our community, our band, our cheerleaders, our administration. I’m so blessed to be here and thankful for the opportunity to be the head football coach again.”

The shutout marks the fifth time this season that Jasper has held its opponents scoreless. The first team defense has not allowed a score from any region opponent.

“Nobody has scored on our 1s. What has been created is the concept of not giving up a touchdown in any way. The second group goes in and fights their tail off too. That is just the mentality right now. I’ve been really pleased with our football team all along. We have a long way to go, but locking down a region championship is really special,” Moore said.

The Vikings held the Aggies to 95 total yards, with 64 on the ground and 31 in the air. The Jasper defense was led by a trio of players (Harrison Saunders, Taris Rudolph and Sheldrick Cherry) with 10 tackles. Kentavious Catlin had eight tackles. Jaden Vance and Stone Phillips added five tackles.

Junior quarterback Parker Sawyer led the offense, throwing for 202 yards on 16-of-23 passing and running for 69 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Kaden Shelton added three more touchdowns on the night to go along with 93 yards on 14 carries. Treyvon Stewart had 50 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Spencer Rosenfeld and Jaden Caldwell both scored on touchdown runs. Xavier Waldrep had 10 receptions for 146 yards.

Jasper will travel next week to Deshler to face Class 4A’s No. 6-ranked team. The Tigers are 7-2 on the season, but have won seven straight games.

“It will be good for us. What you don’t want to do is play a weak opponent going into the playoffs,” Moore said. “You want to be playing your best ball, and Deshler is going to require that. They have a really good team, a team that played for the state championship in 4A last year.”