The Jasper Bulldogs have advanced to the area round of the 4-A Division II football playoffs after a 51-27 win over the Hardin Jefferson Hawks on Thursday night in Vidor. Jasper will play Bellville, which defeated Wharton also on Thursday.
*Jasper vs. Bellville*
Friday 7:30 at Woodforest Stadium - 19115 David Memorial Dr. in Conroe
Pre-sale tickets (Available at JHS Fieldhouse)
Adults $6.00 Students $4.00
At the gate
All tickets $7.00
Sadly, Jasper’s win came at quite a cost as they lost senior wing-back Reggie Shaw to what appeared to be a significant leg injury.
The first score of the game came from the Jasper defense. Hardin-Jefferson took first possession in the game which was a 3-and-out. On 4th and long, H-J lined up to punt, but the kicker mishandled the snap, it went into the end-zone and a Jasper player pounced on it for a touchdown. Alex Mijares added the point-after and very quickly Jasper was up 7-0.
Hardin Jefferson answered on their next possession by putting together a 97 yard touchdown drive. It was capped off when H-J quarterback Zack Hanson carried it in from 12 yards out. The point-after was no good so Jasper lead at that point 7-6.
The Jasper offense finally got their hands on the ball midway through the 1st quarter and quickly tagged a TD on Hardin-Jefferson on a 4 play drive. Carl Limbrick broke it loose and went 35 yards to the end-zone. An illegal procedure penalty against Jasper on the point-after attempt pushed Alex Mijares back to kicking one in from 25 yards out. The ball bounced off the cross-bar, so Jasper’s lead at that point was 13-6.
In the 2nd quarter, Jasper put together another touchdown drive that ended with Montavien Hunt punching it in from 4 yards out. The PAT was good and Jasper held a 20-6 lead over Hardin-Jefferson.
Tragedy struck Jasper late in the second quarter when Reggie Shaw was tackled near the Hardin-Jefferson sideline and suffered a severe leg injury. The stadium fell completely silent for about 20 minutes as an ambulance crew stabilized Shaw’s leg. Meanwhile, the game officials allowed Jasper players and cheerleaders to gather around Shaw in a show of support. He was then taken by stretcher to an ambulance and transported to a hospital.
The Jasper players finished the drive on the next play when Carl Limbrick jetted 38 yards for a TD. Mijares’ PAT was good and Jasper carried a 27-6 lead into halftime.
The Dawgs continued rolling in the second half with touchdown runs from Carl Limbrick for 10 and 58 yards, and Montavien Hunt turned in a 21 yard TD run after the Jasper defense recovered a Hardin-Jefferson fumble. Also, Jasper place-kicker Alex Mijares contributed with a 40-yard field goal.
The H-J offense was able to find the end-zone a few times in the second half, but it was too little too late. Jasper won it with a final score of 51-27.