Bryan Moore era of Jasper football begins

Jasper makes trip to Cullman tonight

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 8/23/18

The wait for meaningful football is finally over.

The Bryan Moore era of Jasper High School football starts today at Cullman High Schoo

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Bryan Moore era of Jasper football begins

Jasper makes trip to Cullman tonight

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The wait for meaningful football is finally over.

The Bryan Moore era of Jasper High School football starts today at Cullman High School.

Kickoff between the Vikings and Bearcats is set for 7 p.m. at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium.

"I'm genuinely excited to see what we can do," said Moore, who was hired in January after serving as the Eufaula head coach for three years. "It's a good challenge for us. I know we are going to play hard and play the very best we can, I just want to see where they are at. You hate that the first one is a big game like this, but it also makes you get going. The practices are better and the workouts are better. I'm excited to watch them play."

The Vikings and Bearcats haven't played since the opener of the 2013 season when an on-field incident between coaches after the game resulted in the Vikings receiving a playoff ban despite a perfect 7-0 region record.

Moore said it's time to turn the page on what happened five years ago.

"It's a new day. You don't dwell too much on what happened in the past. This is a new team. You've got two new head coaches at the two schools. The kids are going to be ready to go. We don't have to make the game any bigger than it is," Moore said.

As a way to put the incident behind them, the teams also got together for a cookout last month at Cullman's Sportsman's Lake.

Like Jasper, Cullman brings in a new coach in Matt Plunkett, who makes the move from Gardendale High School. As the head coach of the Rockets, Gardendale defeated the Vikings each of the last three seasons, including 63-34 last season.

The Vikings are led by a group of 14 seniors, including quarterback Michael Crear, fullback Ben Bonner, offensive lineman Russ Green, defensive lineman Micah Woods and defensive back Ronnie Holiday.

On the other hand, Moore said four sophomores will start on defense.

"This will be the first (varsity) game that most of them have ever played. How are they going to respond and react?" said Moore, who has 21 sophomores on the roster. "We are extremely young."

Cullman is also a sophomore-heavy team. The Class 6A Bearcats have 33 sophomores on the roster and just 27 upperclassmen.

The hotly contested series between the teams in almost an even draw with the Vikings leading 34-33-2. Cullman has won nine of the last 10 meetings and four in a row.

"I'm ready to go. There has been a lot of work going into this game. Everything we've done since the day we stepped on campus has led up to (today)," Moore added.

Following tonight's game, the Vikings are off next week before the Class 5A, Region 7 opener at Dora on Sept. 7.