No. 1 Jasper erupts in rout of Dora

Vikings dominate Bulldogs in region opener

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/7/19

The No. 1 ranked Jasper Vikings showed why they vaulted to the top of the Class 5A poll this week with a dominating 66-0 win over Dora Friday night at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.

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No. 1 Jasper erupts in rout of Dora

Vikings dominate Bulldogs in region opener

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The No. 1 ranked Jasper Vikings showed why they vaulted to the top of the Class 5A poll this week with a dominating 66-0 win over Dora Friday night at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.

Jasper coach Bryan Moore said he drew inspiration for his team from another athletic program at the school, the No. 1-ranked JHS volleyball team.

“Our school’s volleyball team is No. 1. All they do is come out, dominate and win games, and that is what we needed to do tonight,” Moore said. “This is the first truly dominating win that we’ve had in our time at the program. I’m proud for our administration, our community and our kids for this win.”

Jasper (2-0, 1-0 in Class 5A, Region 7) finished with 448 total yards (356 rushing and 92 passing), compared to 43 total yards from Dora (2-1, 0-1). The game was out of reach by halftime with the Vikings leading 42-0. In the first half, Jasper outrushed the Bulldogs 247 yards to -11.

“We are proud of our kids, how far they’ve come and how much they’ve grown,” Moore said. “Every kid got to play in a varsity game, in a region game, and that is huge in the development of our program.”

The Jasper defense also forced three turnovers (2 fumbles and one interception). Harrison Saunders led the team with seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Taris Rudolph also had seven tackles. Sheldrick Cherry had three tackles and an interception. Brody Woods had one tackle as well as a fumble recovery that he returned 30 yards for a touchdown. The Jasper defense had 26 different players make a tackle in the game.

Jasper had a trio of running backs to score two touchdowns each. Kaden Shelton ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. He also caught a touchdown pass. Trayvon Stewart carried the ball seven times for 86 yards and two scores. J.C. Collins finished with 72 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. The Vikings did not go to their passing game much in the game, but Parker Sawyer completed 11 of 14 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Preston Reed had a productive night kicking the ball for Jasper, connecting on his only field goal attempt, a 30-yarder, and hitting 6-of-6 point after tries. Moises Sanchez also hit 2-of-2 point after attempts.

Jasper opened the game with an 8-play drive that was capped off by a 3-yard run from Collins for a score. The senior running back had 48 yards on the drive. After holding Dora to three plays and out on its first possession, the Vikings struck quickly when Shelton scored on a 71-yard run to give Jasper a 14-0 lead after only four minutes had ticked off the clock. Collins added another touchdown late in the first quarter to give Jasper a 21-0 advantage.

Sawyer connected on his lone touchdown of the night when he hit Shelton for a 10-yard score with 10:23 left in the second quarter. Jasper led 28-0.

Less than two minutes later, Stewart scampered 53 yards for his first touchdown of the night to put the Vikings up 35-0. Shelton reached the end zone a final time just before half to increase that lead to 42-0.

Stewart and Maney Havis scored rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to push the Jasper lead to 56-0. Reed connected on his field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter, while Woods scored the final touchdown on the night with his fumble recovery for a score to give Jasper the 66-0 win.

The Vikings will travel for the first time in the 2019 season next week as they make the short trip to Corner to face a Yellow Jackets team that dropped to 2-1 on the season Friday with a 41-7 loss to Russellville.

“We are going to enjoy this one tonight. That is tough for us to do sometimes, but we need to enjoy this win over a rival. And then tomorrow, we start working on Corner. They have a good team, and it will be a big game for us next Friday night,” Moore said.