Season to remember for Jasper

Moore disappointed in finish, but thankful for season

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Jasper head coach Bryan Moore said he was disappointed in the outcome of the Vikings’ 20-7 second-round playoff loss to Central Clay County, but expressed thankfulness of the team’s many accomplishments and accolades attained this season. After the Vikings were voted as Class 5A’s No. 3 team in the preseason, Jasper was voted into the top spot by the Alabama Sports Writers Association following the opening week win over Cullman — a first for the program, which it held to the conclusion of the regular season. The Vikings’ defense proved nearly impregnable, shutting out half of their regular-season opponents and giving up just 10.9 points per game. Offensively, Jasper was equally prolific, scoring over 40 points a contest — with a balanced attack paving the way. The Vikings won their second-consecutive Region 7 title, as well as securing their second 11-win season, a level of success not experienced since the beginning of the century. “The way we ended the season was an outlier of a trend that was really good this year. Although you’re disappointed, you’re thankful for a good year, for kids who battled and put Jasper back in the state’s view. At one point, our program was an after thought, that’s no longer the case,” Moore said. “There are no moral victories here, we don’t have to have those. We expect to win every week and we’re disappointed we didn’t. But you have to continue to play extremely well and grow, we didn’t in our last game. But you have to look back at the last two seasons and be proud of what those seniors have done. There’s 17 of them that are very special kids and made growth in their lives. They’re not just football players, they’re good people and I’m proud of them.”

Entering the season, Moore didn’t have a firm hold on what to expect leadership-wise, but quickly found many young men who stood apart and helped craft Jasper’s 2019 squad into one that will be long remembered. “Six months ago, we didn’t have any leaders. We hadn’t had any kids that had to lead due to our previous senior class, which all of those kids were leaders — good kids who fought and led by example. It was the job of this year’s team to follow that,” Moore said. “After the Cullman win and a string of region wins where we blew everyone out, we were hopeful. We really saw it after the Central Clay win — we thought we had a chance and we did all the way to the end. Those kids developed and they fought all the way to the end. Their accomplishments will be a source of pride for many years to come.” Moore said the staff now turns its attention to sending film out and corresponding with schools in the goal of getting seniors signed to play collegiately. Currently, safety Sheldrick Cherry and offensive lineman Braxton Bridges have offers from Faulkner. The full interview can be seen on the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Youtube channel.