Vikings move spring game to Samford

By JAMES PHILLIPS
Posted 5/8/19

The scheduled spring exhibition football game between Jasper High School and Auburn High School is changing venues, Jasper Coach Bryan Moore announced Tuesday morning.The game was originally …

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Vikings move spring game to Samford

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The scheduled spring exhibition football game between Jasper High School and Auburn High School is changing venues, Jasper Coach Bryan Moore announced Tuesday morning.

The game was originally scheduled to be play on Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m. inside the Legacy Pavilion at UAB. Due to a larger than expected crowd, the location of the game is being moved to Seibert Stadium on the campus of Samford University.

“The biggest reason for the move is the crowd size, and we wanted to be able to accommodate all the fans,” Moore said. “There is no seating at Legacy Pavilion, and we were afraid it was going to be difficult for the fans of both schools to be able to enjoy the game.”

Moore said the move to Samford will still give players a chance to play in a college venue as well as tour the college and its facilities. 

“The stadium at Samford has a lot of history, and it will be a great environment for our fans and the fans traveling from Auburn,” Moore said.

Seibert Stadium is a 6,700-seat multi-purpose stadium and has been home to the Samford Bulldogs since 1958.

The Vikings began spring practice on May 1, and Moore said he has been happy with the effort from his team.

“Spring has been really intense and really productive so far,” he said. “Although we lost a great senior class, we have returned a lot of familiar faces and have been able to get ahead because we are in year two of being here.”

Auburn finished the 2018 season ranked No. 3 in Class 7A. Moore said playing that level of competition will serve as a measuring stick for the Jasper program.

“I am excited to see us match up against Auburn on May 16,” he said. “We will know exactly what we need to fix and get better at due to the quality of the opponent.”

The spring game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. 

Before the spring game, Jasper will hold a Meet the Vikings event this Saturday where the team will scrimmage. The team will be taking up donations of cleaning supplies at the gate for admission. The scrimmage is set to start at 10 a.m.

“That will be the first real preview of our team that anyone sees, and we want as many people as possible to come out and bring cleaning supplies,” Moore said. “This cleaning supply drive usually takes care of all those type items that we need for the entire season. We are so thankful the community always comes out to support our program.”