Trailing in the fourth quarter Friday night, Jasper turned to Kaden Shelton to bring Vikings back against Deshler in the regular-season finale.
The junior running back delivered with a pair of touchdowns as Jasper earned its ninth straight win, beating Deshler 36-27 at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.
Shelton is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.
The Tigers took advantage of two Jasper miscues in the third quarter, building a 27-19 lead going into the final quarter.
Shelton scored on a 2-yard run on the opening play of the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 27-25.
Following a Deshler fumble, Shelton went back to work, scoring on a 10-yard run to put Jasper on top for good at 33-27 with 9:09 left in the game.
Shelton finished the game with 25 carries for 151 yards. He also added two receptions for 20 yards.
On the season, Shelton has rushed for 952 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Defensive Player of Week
Alex Atkins, Carbon Hill
Carbon Hill closed out the season on a high note, beating county rival Curry 21-20 in a game that came down to the final minutes.
Junior linebacker Alex Atkins led the Carbon Hill defense on the night with a team-high 12 tackles and three tackles for loss as the Bulldogs finished the season at 5-5 — their best record since 2006.
Atkins is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Defensive Player of the Week.
The Bulldogs got several big outings on defense with Dillon Roberts recording seven tackles and three sacks. Roberts took down Curry quarterback Luke Smith on a 2-point conversion attempt with 1:08 left in the game, preserving the win. Jev Windham had six tackles with 1.5 sacks.
Other top performances
•Christian Hubbard, Oakman: Hubbard continued his monster season on Friday in Oakman’s 13-12 loss to Corner. Hubbard carried the load for the Wildcats, rushing 34 times for 250 yards and a 16-yard touchdown. On the season, Hubbard has rushed 242 times for 1,623 yards and 20 touchdowns.
•Austin Owens, Winston County: Closed out the season with a big game against rival Lynn in a 23-22 victory, rushing for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns (48, 26) on 17 carries.
•Jon Michael Madison, Carbon Hill: Accounted for all three touchdowns in Carbon Hill’s 21-20 win over Curry. Madison completed 15 of 23 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns (40, 19, 20).
•Garrett Purvis, Corner: Picked up 153 yards on the ground, including a 39-yard touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ narrow 13-12 win over Oakman.
•Carson McGinnis, Carbon Hill: Caught five passes for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game winner against Curry. McGinnis’ touchdowns covered 19 and 20 yards.
Jasper defense: Jasper’s defense held Deshler in check in the second half last week. The Tigers gained just 18 yards in the second half and 148 total yards. Harrison Saunders led the team with 12 tackles while Taris Rudolph added 11 tackles and Micah Woods had seven tackles, with an interception.
•Noah Jackson, Lynn: Totaled nearly 200 yards of offense in the Bears’ 23-22 loss to Winston County. The senior quarterback completed 13 of 25 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns (9, 5). Jackson also rushed 17 times for 91 yards.
•Jordan Davis, Lynn: The running back rushed for 120 yards and a six-yard touchdown on 20 carries. Davis also had a catch for 18 yards and led the team with nine tackles.
•Ikei Hosea, Dora: Topped the 100-yard mark on the ground in the Bulldogs’ 29-17 loss to Fayette County last week. Ikei had 100 yards and a five-yard touchdown on 23 carries.
•Jacob Danner, Dora: Led the Bulldog defense in the loss to Fayette County. Danner had seven tackles, a safety, a sack and a tackle for loss.
•Luke Smith, Curry: Threw for 153 yards and a touchdown in Curry’s 21-20 loss to Carbon Hill. Smith completed 14 of 24 passes. His touchdown pass went 15 yards to Colton Aaron.