The Orange Leader
BRIDGE CITY —
More, more, more, more. Jasper displayed more speed, more size, more experience and more big plays Friday night at Larry Ward Stadium.
Bridge City possessed more than Jasper in a few categories, but not the desirable kind, such as more injuries and more intercepted passes.
Bulldogs big plays pelted on BC’s turf in the form of rainbow passes, swing passes, and any other means by which second-year Jasper boss Darrell Barbay could unleash speed to take down the outmanned Cardinals, 49-7.
Jasper improved to 2-2 and Bridge City dropped to 1-4 because the host Redbirds needed much more speed to keep up with these Dogs.
Fourteen times in the opening half, the winners gained double-digit yardage on snaps. Whether they relied on senior passer Steven Walker or junior duel threat Randy Spikes, the Bulldogs clicked with passes of all sorts, and runs especially around BC’s flanks.
The visitors proved their ability to score with a one-play series late in the first quarter as senior powerhouse Shawn Jones took a little swing pass from Walker to his left, cut back to the opposite side of the field and ran untouched on a 68-yard scoring play. By then it was Jasper 21-0 with 2:48 left in the first quarter.
If the Redbirds doubted Jasper’s willingness to sustain a drive, the Dogs regained possession early in the second quarter by marching 99 yards in 14 plays following an interception. Backup quarterback Spikes lobbed the perfect rainbow to 6-5 senior receiver Jamarcus Reed, who outjumped BC defender Keaton Langston at the end zone for a 12-yard scoring pass with three minutes left before intermission.
Jasper’s two quarterbacks — Walker and Spikes — combined on 9 of 10 first-half completions for 173 yards while the Bulldogs ground game jabbed away at BC’s interior for 164 yards in the opening half.
The Dogs also excelled in clock management, covering 44 yards in six snaps during the last 83 seconds of the half. The visitors benefitted from a 25-yard punt, going to work at BC’s 44. Walker hit four of four passes during the drive for 40 yards to three different receivers before Roy Hennington plunged home for the final yard for his second touchdown of the half.
Hennington capped Jasper’s opening series by dragging BC’s Zach Youngblood to the goal on a five-yard scoring run. Walker’s 43-yard bomb to Reed set up the score at BC’s 11.
Jasper’s running star was the backup QB Spikes who sprinted six times for 126 yards in the opening half. A determined effort by Redbirds’ corner Kolton Bergeron chased down Spikes on BC’s 3 at the end of a 68-yard dart around right end. Shawn Jones followed with a one-yard counter behind right tackle.
Jasper’s swarming defense limited BC to 25 first-half rushing yards. The Cardinals entered Jasper territory on three possessions but three Jasper interceptions plagued the aerial efforts of Redbirds junior Chase Shugart. The lanky BC quarterback 8 of 21 for 97 yards.
It doesn’t look as if life gets any easier in District 21-3A play next week when the Cardinals travel to high-powered Silsbee at 7 p.m. Friday night.