Jasper runs past Yellow Jackets

No. 1 Vikings record second straight shutout

No. 1 Vikings record second straight shutout By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/14/19

CORNER — The No. 1-ranked Jasper Vikings hit the road Friday for the first time this season, handing the Corner Yellow Jackets a 42-0 loss in a Class 5A, Region 7 matchup.

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Jasper runs past Yellow Jackets

No. 1 Vikings record second straight shutout

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CORNER — The No. 1-ranked Jasper Vikings hit the road Friday for the first time this season, handing the Corner Yellow Jackets a 42-0 loss in a Class 5A, Region 7 matchup.

The Jasper defense continued to dominate, marking the second straight week the Vikings shutout an opponent.

“That is two shutouts in a row. That is eight straight quarters without giving up a point, and that is pretty big time,” Jasper Coach Bryan Moore said.

The Vikings (3-0, 2-0 in Class 5A, Region 7) held Corner to 112 total yards (52 on the ground and 60 in the air). Kevon Samuel returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown and had five tackles. Harrison Saunders had 13 tackles, while Taris Rudolph had 11. Jayden Vance added seven tackles and a forced fumble. Jacob Danner, Sheldrick Cherry and Brodie Vinson all had fumble recoveries.

Despite scoring 42 points, Jasper was inconsistent on offense for much of the game. Four turnovers (three fumbles and an interception) hailed drives for the Vikings. Senior tailback J.C. Collins had 166 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the team.

“There are some things that we’ve got to clean up, and we are going to do that. We’ve got a long ways to go,” Moore said. “I didn’t feel good about our mentality coming into this game. It’s my job to find out what pushes the buttons of this football team, and I’m going to do that. We’ve got to be ready to play, and we weren’t at the beginning of this game.”

The Yellow Jackets (2-2, 0-2) have been hit by injuries to start the season with seven starters on offense and four starters on defense sitting out the Jasper game. Corner coach Jon Clements said he was proud of his team despite the lopsided loss.

“I’m just about as proud of these players as I have been of any group of players in the past. They fought their tails off out there. They never gave up and they kept fighting,” Clements said. “Sometimes the scoreboard doesn’t fall in your favor, but our players played hard, and that is something to be proud about.

“That was a hell of a team that we just played,” he continued. “They are a great team, and that is a great man coaching them. He does it the right way, and they play the game the right way. They deserve the success they are having right now.”

The two teams were scoreless until late in the first quarter when Jasper freshman quarterback Spencer Rosenfeld heaved a pass 37 yards to the end zone and Xavier Waldrop came up with a catch while laying flat on his back after the ball was deflected by a Corner defender. Preston Reed, who connected on 6-of-6 point after tries on the night, hit his first PAT to give Jasper a 7-0 lead with 52 seconds left in the opening quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Collins scored the second touchdown of the game on a 57-yard run. Collins added a 2-yard scoring run and Kaden Shelton scored on a 1-yard run later in the quarter to push the Jasper lead to 28-0 at halftime.

The only score of the third quarter was a 1-yard run from Collins. The final score of the night was Samuel’s 90-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Jasper will return to action next week when it hosts Hayden for homecoming. Corner will travel to Hamilton. Both games are Region 7 matchups.