No. 1 Vikings dominate Hayden

Jasper defense registers third straight shutout

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/21/19

The No. 1-ranked Jasper Vikings earned a 58-0 win over Hayden on homecoming Friday night at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field. The win improves Jasper to 4-0 on the year and 3-0 in Class 5A, Region 7.

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No. 1 Vikings dominate Hayden

Jasper defense registers third straight shutout

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The No. 1-ranked Jasper Vikings earned a 58-0 win over Hayden on homecoming Friday night at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field. The win improves Jasper to 4-0 on the year and 3-0 in Class 5A, Region 7.

“I was really pleased with our mindset more than anything in this game,” Jasper Coach Bryan Moore said. “Our guys played with a lot of intensity, but they were also very disciplined. Great effort tonight.”

The game marks the third-straight shutout for the Vikings, who have outscored that last three opponents by a combined mark of 166-0. Hayden only crossed into Jasper territory once in the game, which was late in the game. The Jasper second unit stuffed the Wildcats on 4th and 1 from the 14 to preserve the shutout win.

“That was big. It was good to see those guys go out and do that,” Moore said. “That is the standard that we have for our second unit. At some point, all that zero stuff is going to go away. I hope it doesn’t, but it will, and we’ve got to let those young kids develop, so we were going to ride with them on that series no matter what.”

The Vikings were led on defense by Jacob Danner with 12 tackles and a sack. The inside linebacker duo of Taris Rudolph and Harrison Saunders added 10 tackles each. Sheldrick Cherry picked off his third pass of the season. Mason Slaughter had eight tackles, while Brodie Vinson had seven tackles and a sack with Jayden Vance adding six tackles. Hayden was held to only 123 yards of total offense, with 110 coming on the ground.

“We really didn’t play a lot of snaps defensively, but those guys did a great job of stopping Hayden. That is a team that knows how to run the football, and they are tough to defend,” Moore said.

The Vikings ran the ball for 298 yards, but also found success in the air with 232 yards.

The 530 yards of total offense was the most in a game for Jasper this season.

Six different running backs carried the ball in the game, while four different players completed passes. Jasper had several players find the end zone on offense.

Averiun Berry led the team with 80 yards and a touchdown on two carries. J.C. Collins ran the ball seven times for 65 yards and two scores. Kaden Shelton rushed four times for 52 yards and a score, while also completing 1-of-2 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Parker Sawyer completed 6-of-10 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Denzel Chatman led the receivers with 81 yards and a touchdown on two catches, while Anthony Harris caught four balls for 72 yards and two scores.

Preston Reed continued to be solid in the Jasper kicking game, hitting 6-of-7 point after attempts as well as connecting on a 39-yard field goal. Moises Sanchez hit 1-of-1 point after tries.

Jasper will now travel to Lineville to face No. 2-ranked Central-Clay County next week. The Vikings won that matchup 10-7 last season in Jasper, but the Volunteers claimed the Class 5A state championship in 2018.

“We will be playing a good football team. They are a good program. It is a team that plays the right way and is tough and physical. It is going to be a lot of fun, and we will figure out exactly where we are as a team when we travel there next week,” Moore said.