KIMBERLY — Jasper reeled off 29 unanswered points in the second half Friday night to earn a 36-21 win on the road over Mortimer Jordan, snapping a six-game losing skid for the Vikings.
The win improves Jasper to 2-6 on the year and 1-4 in Class 6A, Region 6. The Blue Devils now drop to 1-7 on the year and 0-5 in the region. Both teams were in Class 5A last season.
“I’m so proud for these kids,” Jasper coach Philip Bailey said. “They went into the locker room at halftime down 21-7 and could have stop playing, but that is not what this team does. They keep fighting, and good things happened tonight. It was so good for us to come out here and get a win. It feels tremendous.”
Quarterback Spencer Rosenfeld led the Vikings on offense by throwing for 183 yards on 13-of-16 passing and running for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. The sophomore was injured in the second game of the season, but made his return last week.
“He is only five weeks out from surgery on his ankle,” Bailey said. “Having him back out there and practicing for another week made all the difference too. He was throwing it around out there a little bit tonight, and we need that. It was huge to see him get back in the flow of things.”
Mayson Slaughter also ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to pace the Jasper backfield. Kevon Samuel had four catches for 98 yards.
“Our offense got into rhythm in this one,” Bailey said. “We moved the ball pretty well in the first half but did not score when we had an opportunity. That wasn’t the case in the second. Scoring 29 unanswered points against Mortimer Jordan is saying something.”
Defense for Jasper was led by Conner Whitley and Cole Sargent with eight tackles each. Lee Walker added seven tackles. Curtis Cavett also had an interception for the defense.
“Our defense was a little off in the first half, but were able to shut them out in the second half,” Bailey said. “They stepped up and played with a lot of heart in the second half. Our defense made some big stops when we needed them. We had so many guys step up tonight.”
Jasper opened the game with a 9-play, 66-yard drive that was capped by Slaughter’s first touchdown of the night. Hayden Yerby connected on his first of four point after tries to give Jasper an early 7-0 lead.
Mortimer Jordan scored 21 unanswered points to go up 21-7 at halftime.
The Jasper defense held the Blue Devils to a turnover on downs to start the second half and to a missed field goal on their next possession. A 62-yard pass from Rosenfeld to Samuel on first down for Jasper set up a 3-yard run from Rosenfeld three plays later to cut the Mortimer Jordan lead to 21-14 with 4:25 left in the third quarter.
The Vikings were able to retake the lead with 10:58 left in the game when Slaughter scored on a 1-yard run and Rosenfeld converted a 2-point attempt. Those scores were set up by two different pass plays (15 yards and 19 yards) earlier in the drive from Rosenfeld to Jody Hester.
Rosenfeld added a 31-yard touchdown run with 6:32 left in the game, while Slaughter scored the game’s final touchdown on a 54-yard run with 5:40 to go to increase the final score to 36-21.
Jasper will return home next week for a homecoming matchup with No. 4-ranked Pinson Valley who defeated No. 3 Clay-Chalkville 27-10 on Friday.