Despite a first half lead and several good plays in the third and fourth quarter, the Jasper Vikings fell to the Jackson-Olin Mustangs on Friday night, 52-31, at Birmingham’s Lawson Field.
The Mustangs held the edge in overall yardage, 389-356, while also forcing two costly Viking turnovers.
Treyvon Stewart led the Jasper offense with 198 all-purpose yards, rushing for 157 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown, while catching two passes for 41 yards and a score. Spencer Rosenfeld connected on 15 of 31 passes for 170 yards with two touchdowns, while Kevon Samuels caught eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings defense was led by Malakiah Gilmore, who recorded six tackles with two tackles for a loss and a sack.
After the Mustangs opened the scoring in the first quarter, the Vikings responded with a 59-yard, eight-play drive, ending with a three-yard touchdown run by Jody Hester, allowing Jasper to take a 7-6 lead.
The Vikings recovered the onside kick and tacked-on three points on a 43-yard field goal by Preston Reed to stay on top, 10-6.
Early in the second quarter, Rosenfeld found Stewart on a 25-yard touchdown pass, leaving Jasper in control 17-6.
Jackson-Olin answered with two scores to take command, 20-17.
The Vikings ended the half with a four-yard scoring run by Stewart, allowing Jasper to gain a 24-20 edge.
The Mustangs regained the lead on the second kickoff, returning the ball 88 yards for the score and later added another touchdown to go ahead 36-24.
Jasper puled within five points thanks to a 27-yard touchdown pass from Rosenfeld to Samuels, 36-31.
Jackson-Olin scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on runs of six and eight yards for the 52-31 final.
Jasper returns to Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium next week for its final home game of the season against Mortimer Jordan.