Vikings to honor top 100 football players at game Friday

From staff reports
Posted 10/6/19

Jasper High School is celebrating 100 years of Vikings football throughout the 2019 season.

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Vikings to honor top 100 football players at game Friday


Jasper High School is celebrating 100 years of Vikings football throughout the 2019 season.

As a part of that celebration, the school recently partnered with the Daily Mountain Eagle to release the Vikings Football Team of the Century, the 100 best players of the last 100 years.

Those players are set to be recognized Friday at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field as undefeated and No. 1-ranked Jasper hosts Lawrence County in a Class 5A, Region 7 matchup.

“This is a special group of players, and we want them to feel that they are special,” JHS Athletic Director Jonathan Jordan said. “The special section in the paper was very popular, and we have received some great feedback on it, so we wanted to do something at a home game to celebrate these guys.”

Jasper Head Coach Bryan Moore said the tradition of the football program is something not found at many schools.

“This program is tradition rich, and that is big for our team now,” he said. “Our players know the expectations that comes with wearing that Vikings uniform. They work hard to continue the strong tradition that has been built by the players on this list.”

A committee made up of several community members as well as DME Publisher James Phillips and Jordan met several times in the summer to come up with the team.

“I was honored to be involved and happy the newspaper could play a role in putting this team together,” Phillips said. “The Vikings have a strong tradition on the football field. I’ve been able to cover the program for more than 20 years now, so I’ve seen a lot of the players on the list. I’m amazed at the knowledge that other members of the committee had when it came to players from the early to mid 1900s.”

The committee is asking as many of the honorees as possible to come to the game on Friday night.

Members of the team will be given free admission to the game, and team members as well as their family are invited to eat in the Golden Viking Room before the game with the serving line set to begin at 5 p.m.

Team of the Century members will serve as honorary captains, along with former coach Pat Morrison, before the game. They will also be recognized during a special ceremony at halftime. Players should meet at the field house at 6:45 to participate in the coin toss before the game.

Team members who can attend the game are asked to call Morrison at 205-384-6734 or Jordan at 205-388-7718.

“If they don’t get around to contacting us, that is just fine. We still want them at the game,” Jordan said. “This is something very special to us, so we want as many of the players as possible.”