Seventh-ranked Clay-Chalkville came into Jasper Friday night and showed exactly why they are one of the best teams in Class 6A, defeating the Vikings 40-7.
The Cougars (3-0, 1-0) held Jasper (1-2, 0-1) to less than 200 yards in offense, while compiling plenty of yards of their own for three of the four quarters in the Region 6 opener for both teams.
“We came out and controlled the football and the clock in the first quarter, but we couldn’t hold up,” Jasper Coach Philip Bailey said. “That right there is a good football team. We knew this region was no joke from the start. It is not going to get any easier from here. Our guys played their tails off, and I’m proud of that. I can’t say enough about that. They work and do everything we ask them to do.”
Jasper opened the game with a 14-play drive that stalled at the 19-yard-line with a missed field goal. The Vikings forced and recovered a fumble a few plays later, taking another possession that ended the first quarter with the game in a scoreless tie.
On the second play of the second quarter, Clay-Chalkville’s Jayden Sweeney picked off a Kevon Samuel pass and returned it 45 yards for a score. The Cougars added two more scores in the second quarter to take a 19-0 lead at halftime.
Samuel, who finished the game with 105 yards on 19 carries, scored Jasper’s lone touchdown of the night, a 53-yard run with 9:36 left to cut the Cougars’ lead to 19-7. The momentum for the Vikings lasted exactly one play as Edward Osley broke loose for a 61-yard score to increase Clay-Chalkville’s lead to 26-7. The Cougars added another touchdown late in the third quarter and a final touchdown early in the fourth quarter to earn the 40-7 win.
Jasper will now have a bye week, before traveling to No. 8 Gardendale for another region matchup.
“The bye week does come at a good time for us. We need to get some guys healthy,” Bailey said. “We are going to brush this loss off and get back to work this week at practice. Our guys are going to work. I know that for a fact.”