Saunders and Samuel are two key components in a defense that has registered five shutouts this season and has given up more than 20 points just once — against Central Clay County. Saunders leads the team with 139 tackles and is coming off a season-high 16-tackle performance in last week’s 55-14 first-round playoff win over Madison Academy. Samuel has been a big-play addition in the defensive backfield, returning three interceptions for touchdowns. They will face a Central Clay County offense that’s ranked third in Class 5A in scoring, putting up 37.2 points per game. Only Jasper (43.3) and Mortimer Jordan (37.5) average more points per game. “We’ve got to be focused, locked in and fearless. That’s our word today — fearless. We can’t be scared. We have to come out and play hard every snap,” Samuel said. Jasper (11-0) enters tonight’s game with a 22-2 record under head coach Bryan Moore. The team is 11-0 for only the third time in school history and for the first time since 1999. Moore has brought a shift in attitude that has been felt school-wide. “I was part of it when we went 3-7 and 4-6,” Saunders said, referring to the 2016 and 2017 seasons. “People at school would make fun of us. There was no support in the student section. Then Coach Moore came and we actually got (better). Now everybody wants to be a part of it. It’s been a big change. Everybody supports us. That’s why we have this field and have this jumbotron.” Jasper installed an artificial turf in the summer an added the jumbotron early this season.