Vikings ‘D’ shuts down Center Point

Jasper earns second straight win

BY JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/6/17

A dominating performance on defense led the Jasper Vikings to a 30-7 win over Center Point Friday night in front of their home crowd at Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium.

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Vikings ‘D’ shuts down Center Point

Jasper earns second straight win

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A dominating performance on defense led the Jasper Vikings to a 30-7 win over Center Point Friday night in front of their home crowd at Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium.

Jasper held the Eagles offense to a total of 143 yards on the night with 81 of those yards coming on score late in the game. The Vikings defense also created five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles) in the victory.

“Our defense played a lot tougher tonight, and I’m proud of their effort,” Jasper head coach Heath Brunner said. “Our defensive leaders had our guys in the right spots all night, and they made plays. We have to have that kind of effort and execution every game.”

The win improves Jasper’s record to 3-3 on the season and 1-2 in Class 6A, Region 6. The loss drops Center Point to 0-7 on the year.

While Jasper controlled possession of the football for most of the first quarter, points proved hard to come by for the Vikings. A 22-yard field goal by Jacob Studdard gave Jasper a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.

The Vikings scored their first touchdown of the game at the 9:02 mark of the second quarter when Ethan Walker hit Isadore Holiday for a 15-yard score to increase the Jasper lead to 10-0.

In the final three minutes of the second quarter, Kaden Shelton scored two touchdowns for the Vikings, returning a punt 46 yards for a score and then rumbling into the end zone from four yards out to give Jasper a 23-0 lead at the half.

Jasper’s final score of the night came late in the third quarter on a four-yard run by Ken Holiday.

Center Point scored its first points of the night with 2:47 left in the game when Rj Orr connected with Chris Dixon on a 81-yard pass and catch to cut the final deficit to 30-7.

Ken Holiday and Kaden Shelton paced the Vikings ground game which ran for a total of 173 yards. Holiday picked up 78 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, while Shelton ran for 53 yards and a score on 13 carries.

Ethan Walker finished the game with 106 yards, a score and an interception on 11-of-15 passing. Walker also ran for 37 yards. Cole Bonner led the receiving corps with 67 yards on four receptions.

Jasper will travel to Gardendale for another region matchup next Friday.

“It is a big game because it is the next game,” Brunner said. “It is definitely a big matchup for us, because we need another region win. Gardendale is a good team, but our guys are working hard and playing tough. We’ve got things to work on after tonight’s game, but I have no doubt that our guys will put in the work to get ready for the next one.”