No. 1 Vikings closing in on the postseason

Jasper hosts Lawrence County today

By W BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 10/10/19

The top-ranked Jasper Vikings picked up another dominant victory over Class 5A, Region 7 foe West Point last week, extending their region standing to a perfect 4-0.

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No. 1 Vikings closing in on the postseason

Jasper hosts Lawrence County today

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The top-ranked Jasper Vikings picked up another dominant victory over Class 5A, Region 7 foe West Point last week, extending their region standing to a perfect 4-0.

Jasper’s starting offensive and defensive squads helped pave the way for a 42-0 halftime lead, allowing the second and third string units to receive ample playing time — an advantage head coach Bryan Moore is always appreciative of.

“We needed to get ahead and pull some guys after the effort from the week before at Central Clay County. Central Clay took such a toll on us physically, and last week we had three consecutive days of 99-degree weather. All of it added up,” Moore said. “We’re continuing to improve every week. Our blocking is progressing every game, as is our ball distribution. Our starting defense not only didn’t give up a point, but also just yielded 90 yards at the half. We did what we were supposed to do, which is always encouraging.”

The Vikings now turn their attention to another region challenger this week as they return to the friendly confines of Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium, the Lawrence County Red Devils, which enter the contest with a region record of 2-2 and still in contention for a playoff spot.

Moore said the Red Devils possess plenty of skilled athletes and remember the lessons from last season’s game, where his team didn’t perform well in the 28-7 win.

“In last year’s game we only had seven total possessions, four of which we scored on. We normally have seven possessions by halftime, so it tells you Lawrence County liked to keep the ball and bleed the clock,” Moore said. “This year, they throw the ball a lot more. They have a very good quarterback and their skill guys are extraordinary — probably the best group that we’ve seen behind Central Clay. Their offensive and defensive lines also play exceptionally well. If we don’t play well from the onset, they’ll stay in the game and have a chance to win it — that’s how much you have to respect the weapons they have. We have to make good stops on first down and shut down the run early.”

Moore's interview can be seen in its entirety on the Daily Mountain Eagle’s YouTube page.