Jasper's Crear named Eagle Elite Player of the Year

Dual-threat QB led Vikings offense

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 12/25/18

For the Jasper football team to have success in 2018, senior quarterback Michael Crear was going to need a breakout season.

That’s exactly what the Vikings got from their signal caller.

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Jasper's Crear named Eagle Elite Player of the Year

Dual-threat QB led Vikings offense

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For the Jasper football team to have success in 2018, senior quarterback Michael Crear was going to need a breakout season.

That’s exactly what the Vikings got from their signal caller.

Under first-year Jasper head coach Bryan Moore, Crear became one of the top quarterbacks in the state.

Crear, who totaled 35 touchdowns on the season, was the first-team All-State quarterback in Class 5A after helping Jasper to a region championship and its first quarterfinal playoff appearance since 2008.

The 5-foot-8, 195-pound quarterback was truly a dual threat for the Vikings.

He rushed 115 times for 774 yards (6.7 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns. He completed 198 of 309 passes (64.1 percent) for 2,858 yards with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also hauled in a five-yard touchdown pass.

Crear is the Eagle Elite Football Player of the Year.

“Michael was the leader of our football team,” Moore said. “He’s an impact kid. He’s very quiet. He doesn’t say much. He does most of his talking on the field. Those are the best kinds of leaders.”

Crear had a touchdown in every game this season.

One of his best games came against eventual state champion Central Clay County. Crear rushed for 131 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, on 14 carries against the Volunteers. He also completed 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards in Jasper’s 10-7 victory.

Crear’s top game through the air came in a 54-20 rout of West Point where he completed 20 of 27 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns.

He wasn’t limited to the regular season.

Sylacauga had no answer for Crear in the opening round of the playoffs. He rushed for a season high 137 yards and a score on 12 carries and also threw two touchdown passes.

“We had 6,000 yards (of offense) this year. That’s the most of any program I’ve been a part of,” Moore said. “We had right at 3,000 passing yards and right at 3,000 rushing yards. Michael was a huge part of that. I think he accounted for almost 4,000 of those, which is insane. He put up video game numbers.

“He was just so consistent. I’m just proud him. Michael being the captain was the reason for our success.”

Jasper finished the season 11-2, the Vikings’ highest win total since 2008.

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First-Team Offense

Quarterback

Michael Crear, Jasper

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Running Backs

Christian Hubbard, Oakman

Austin Owens, Winston County

Kaden Shelton, Jasper

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Receivers

Carson McGinnis, Carbon Hill

Cole Bonner, Jasper

Colt Aaron, Curry

Xavier Waldrop, Jasper

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Offensive Linemen

Russ Green, Jasper

Hayden Ray, Addison

Ta’Darrius Thomas, Oakman

Ryan Pugh, Jasper

Jacob Smith, Carbon Hill

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Kicker

Michael Herron, Jasper

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Athletes

Zayne Guthrie, Addison

Colton Burton, Curry

First-Team Defense

Linebackers

Alex Atkins, Carbon Hill

Harrison Saunders, Jasper

Andrew Gaylor, Dora

Jordan Davis, Lynn

Joshua Myrick, Corner

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Defensive Linemen

Micah Woods, Jasper

Jev Windham, Carbon Hill

Jayden Vance, Jasper

Martin Martinez, Curry

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Defensive Backs

Sheldrick Cherry, Jasper

Jordan Foy, Dora

Ronnie Holiday, Jasper

Fernando Hernandez, Oakman

Taveres Howard, Dora

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Punter

Brady Spradlin, Dora

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Athletes

Dillon Roberts, Carbon Hill

Jacob Elliott, Winston County

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Second-Team Offense

Quarterbacks

Jon Michael Madison, C. Hill

Luke Smith, Curry

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Running Backs

Cam Lambert, Jasper

Garrett Purvis, Corner

Gabe Jones, Meek

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Receivers

Chase Hokett, Lynn

Luke Chambers, Addison

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Offensive Linemen

Ryan Pugh, Jasper

J.D. Gilbert, Carbon Hill

Levi Tidwell, Curry

Luke Johnson, Oakman

John Riley Parsons, Winston Co

Colby Manasco, Meek

Second-Team Defense

Linebackers

Logan Martin, Oakman

JonDawson Tittle, Oakman

Nelson Martin, Meek

Matthew Harris, Addison

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Defensive Backs

Jamaal Harris

Dante Williams, Oakman

Noah Jackson, Lynn

Aiden Gay, Cordova

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Defensive Linemen

Ross Kuriger, Curry

Brodie Vintson, Jasper

Colton Parra, Cordova

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Punter

Brandon Hill, Lynn

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Athlete

Garrett Gable, Sumiton Chr.