No. 1 Jasper moves to 6-0 with rout of West Point

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/4/19

WEST POINT — It took one play for the Jasper Vikings’ defense to flex its muscle Friday night in Cullman County as Kevon Samuel picked off a West Point pass on the opening play and returned it 29 yards for a score, setting the tone for a 42-7 victory for Class 5A’s No. 1-ranked team.

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No. 1 Jasper moves to 6-0 with rout of West Point

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WEST POINT — It took one play for the Jasper Vikings’ defense to flex its muscle Friday night in Cullman County as Kevon Samuel picked off a West Point pass on the opening play and returned it 29 yards for a score, setting the tone for a 42-7 victory for Class 5A’s No. 1-ranked team.

Not wanting to be outdone, the Jasper offense also scored on its first play when Parker Sawyer connected with Kaden Shelton on a 64-yard touchdown play. Jasper led 14-0.

“We are going to enjoy this win,” said Jasper Head Coach Bryan Moore, whose team is now 6-0 on the year and 4-0 in Class 5A, Region 7. “One thing I’ve learned is that you’ve got to enjoy wins and appreciate wins. We are going to enjoy this one tonight and get back to work tomorrow.”

The Vikings rolled up 304 yards of offense with junior quarterback Parker Sawyer leading the way, throwing for 133 yards and three touchdowns on 7-of-7 passing. Shelton led the receivers with his 64-yard catch. Xavier Waldrep finished with 38 yards and a touchdown on two catches, with Anthony Harris bringing in three catches for 17 yards and a score.

On the ground, John Collins led the team with 40 yards and a score on two carries. Spencer Rosenfeld ran four times for 35 yards and a touchdown.

The defense was led by Jacob Danner with 10 tackles, while Taris Rudolph and Harrison Saunders had nine tackles each. Brodie Vinson also had six tackles.

Jasper scored all its points in the first half. The Vikings led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Collins and Rosenfeld both had rushing scores in the second quarter, while Sawyer connected with Waldrep and Harris on touchdown passes in the quarter to give Jasper a 42-0 halftime lead.

The Vikings’ starters only played through the second quarter. The second unit played the entire second half.

“We really treated it like a JV game in the second half, because we don’t have one next week,” Moore said. “The development of our kids matters. It’s not our intention to win 58-0. We could do that, but we don’t want to do that. I really like West Point and those kids. They played hard. They stood up the entire game. We’ve had some teams that didn’t really do that, but that team played and didn’t quit.”

In the second half, the only score came from West Point on a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter from Kelvin Washington to cut the final deficit to 42-7.

Jasper will return to action next Friday, hosting Lawrence County in a region matchup at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.