Jasper holds off Northridge for 2nd win

Holiday's 95-yard TD the difference for Vikes

From Staff Reports
Posted 9/29/17

TUSCALOOSA — Northridge had the momentum on Friday night, but Jasper had Ken Holiday and a big-play defense.

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Jasper holds off Northridge for 2nd win

Holiday's 95-yard TD the difference for Vikes

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TUSCALOOSA — Northridge had the momentum on Friday night, but Jasper had Ken Holiday and a big-play defense.

Holiday followed up a Jasper fumble recovery with a 95-yard touchdown run to put the Vikings on top and the defense made the lead stand with a 21-19 victory.

Northridge had a chance to get the win in the closing seconds, but Sheldrick Cherry picked off a pass with less than 30 seconds remaining to seal the Jasper victory.

Braxton Harris also had a pair of interceptions for the Vikings.

“I like that our guys didn’t give up. It feels good to come away with a hard-fought victory like this,” Jasper head coach Heath Brunner said.

Jasper quarterback Ethan Walker, starting for the second straight week, guided the Vikings 80 yards for a touchdown on their first possession.

Walker connected with Holiday and Jaiten Vann to set up a one-yard touchdown from Kaden Shelton. Jacob Studdard added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Northridge tied the game at the 10-minute mark of the second quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by quarterback Stevan Fairburn. Later in the quarter, Walker connected with Tyler Morrow on a seven-yard touchdown strike for a 14-7 lead with 4:29 left in the quarter.

Again, Northridge responded, this time with a Kerry Shepherd two-yard run to make the score 14-14 at the half. Jasper scored just one touchdown in the second half, but it proved to be enough.

Northridge took a 16-14 lead in the third quarter when a snap went over the punter’s head and through the end zone for a safety.

The Jaguars were in position to take control of the game late in the quarter, driving the ball to the Jasper 5-yard line. That’s when Kentavious Caitlin fell on a fumble, thwarting the drive.

Holiday broke through the middle for his 95-yard touchdown run on the next play for the 21-16 lead.

“We’ve struggled running the football, but we told them to keep chopping wood and fighting. Ken was able to break free tonight, him and Kaden both,” Brunner said.

Northridge added a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but got no closer.

Harris had his second interception in the end zone with 3:12 remaining and Cherry followed with the clincher in the closing seconds.

Jasper (2-3) looks to even its record next week with a home game against region foe Center Point.