Jasper topples Dora

Crear leads Vikings to region victory

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/7/18

DORA — The Jasper Vikings earned their first win of the season Friday night with a 26-13 victory on the road at Dora.

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Jasper topples Dora

Crear leads Vikings to region victory


DORA — The Jasper Vikings earned their first win of the season Friday night with a 26-13 victory on the road at Dora.

The win improved Jasper to 1-1 on the season and lifts to Vikings to a 1-0 start in Class 5A, Region 7.

“It is always good to win your first region game, and it is even better when that is a victory over a county rival,” said Jasper Coach Bryan Moore, who also earned his first win with the program in the defeat of the Bulldogs. “Our team didn’t play great at times, but we made some adjustments at halftime and looked much better for most of the second half.”

Moore said he wants to see more improvement from the Vikings as the season continues.

“We’ve got to play better,” he said. “It was the little things that we didn’t do tonight. We are still not finishing. We had a chance to score late in the game. We didn’t do that, and we let them drive all the way down the field and score. We’ve got to be able to finish, and that is something we will continue to work on. We can always get better, and we have a lot to work on this week.”

Dora Coach Bart Lockhart said he felt his team was outmanned more than outmatched.

“Taking nothing away from Jasper, because they played extremely hard tonight, but their depth was a huge factor,” Lockhart said. “They have good athletes on both sides of the ball, and they don’t have guys playing both ways like we do. With that said, I’m proud of our effort tonight. We had some guys step up and show us a lot of heart tonight. They never stopped, and they kept fighting. That’s what we’ve got to take from this game.”

Jasper’s offense was balanced with 220 yards on the ground and 170 in the air for a total of 390 yards. The Vikings were led again by Michael Crear, a senior quarterback, who finished with 65 yards and a score on the ground to go along with 170 yards and a touchdown through the air. Kaden Shelton and Cameron Lambert both finished with more than 50 rushing yards for Jasper. Cole Bonner caught a touchdown pass to go along with his five receptions for 52 yards.

Shamar Washington led the defensive effort for Jasper with an interception, a sack, recovered a blocked field goal and several key tackles throughout the game.

The Dora offense struggled at times during the game, finishing with 230 total yards (119 rushing, 111 passing). The Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1 in the region) gained most of their yardage on their two scoring drives — 89 yards in the second quarter scoring drive and 74 yards on a touchdown drive that ended the game.

The scoring opened for the night on the third play of the game. After successfully recovering an onside kick to start the game, Jasper scored in three plays when Crear hit Bonner on a 34-yard scoring strike early in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs scored with 9:31 left in the second quarter when John Collins reached the end zone on an 18-yard run. The point after attempt was blocked. Jasper led 7-6.

The Vikings increased its lead to 10-6 as time expired in the first half when Michael Herron connected on a 37-yard field goal.

Jasper scored again to open the third quarter when a six-play drive was capped with a 27-yard touchdown from sophomore tailback Maney Havis. A 29-yard field goal in the final seconds of the third quarter by Herron increased the Vikings’ lead to 20-6.

Jasper added to its lead with 7:03 left in the game when Crear scored on a 38-yard run. The Vikings led 26-6.

Dora finished the night’s scoring with a 3-yard touchdown by Jordan Foy. An extra point by Brady Spradlin cut the final deficit to 26-13.

Jasper will host Corner next week in a region matchup, while Dora will take to the road to face Hamilton.