Jasper wins double OT thriller

Vikings stop Central Clay County's two-point attempt on final play

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/27/19

LINEVILLE — Unlikely heroes stepped up for the No. 1-ranked Jasper Vikings Friday night in a 35-34 double overtime victory over No. 2 Central-Clay County.

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Jasper wins double OT thriller

Vikings stop Central Clay County's two-point attempt on final play

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LINEVILLE — Unlikely heroes stepped up for the No. 1-ranked Jasper Vikings Friday night in a 35-34 double overtime victory over No. 2 Central-Clay County.

In the second overtime, freshman quarterback Spencer Rosenfeld connected with junior tight end Carson Alvis on a 10-yard pass to score what would be the winning touchdown for Jasper (5-0) in a game that lived up to its hype. It was Rosenfeld’s only throw of the game and Alvis’ only catch of the night.

“We had called that play earlier in the game and it was blown dead, so we had it and felt comfortable calling in that spot,” Jasper Head Coach Bryan Moore said. “Those guys executed it.”

Rosenfeld said he felt good as the play unfolded.

“I saw Carson was open once he made his move, and I just had to get it to him,” he said.

Alvis said he knew he had to make the catch.

“It was a good throw, and I had to catch it, come down with it and score,” he said.

Central-Clay (4-1) had an opportunity to win the game with its second overtime possession, but the Volunteers were stopped in the backfield on a 2-point conversion try.

“Our guys stepped up and made that play when we needed it,” Moore said. “That was the story of our night. We didn’t play great, but we made the plays when we had to make them. I’m so proud of our guys. They handled everything that was thrown at them, and they came out with a win against a really good football team that I expect we will see again.”

The Vikings surpassed 300 yards in total offense with 192 yards in the air and 146 yards on the ground, but it was 170 yards on 17 penalties that stymied the Vikings at various times during the game. Central-Clay was only flagged five times for 50 yards.

“Some of those were on us, and we have to clean that up, but our guys played through it,” Moore said. “That says a lot about our team.”

Jasper was led by its running back duo of Kaden Shelton and John Collins, with each of the players scoring two touchdowns on the night. Shelton finished with 57 yards on 11 carries, and Collins had 53 yards on 19 runs. Parker Sawyer completed 11-of-19 passes for 182 yards. Denzell Chatman led the receivers with 77 yards on one catch. Xavier Waldrep caught three passes for 49 yards. Anthony Harris had four catches for 41 yards. The Vikings did not turn the ball over. Defensively, the Vikings were led by Harrison Saunders with 13 tackles. Taris Rudolph had 10 tackles and an interception. Sheldrick Cherry had 11 tackles. Jayden Vance and Jacob Danner each had nine tackles.

Jasper opened the scoring on its first drive when Collins scored on a short run. Central-Clay answered with a touchdown on its opening drive as well to tie the game at 7. In the second quarter, Central-Clay took a 13-7 lead with an early score, causing Jasper to trail for the first time this season. The Vikings responded on their next drive when Shelton found the end zone after a 6-yard run. The extra point by Preston Reed gave Jasper a 14-13 lead at halftime.

The only score of the third quarter gave the Volunteers a 21-14 lead when Quentin Knight scored from a yard out, and Central-Clay completed a pass to covert the 2-point play. Jasper tied the game at 21 halfway through the fourth quarter on another scoring run by Collins. In overtime, Central-Clay scored on its initial possession to go up 28-21. Jasper answered when Shelton steamrolled through several Volunteer defenders. That run set up the heroics in the second overtime.

Jasper will travel to West Point for a Class 5A, Region 7 matchup next week.