GREENFIELD, Mo. — The Jasper Eagles remained undefeated with a come-from-behind win at Greenfield, 26-12 to move to 3-0 and take a share of the Spring River Valley Conference lead with the Sarcoxie Bears.
Jasper was behind 12-6 going into the fourth quarter, but 20 unanswered points, including a 68-yard touchdown catch by Colton Sweeney, completed the comeback by the visiting Eagles.
“I told them all week that it was going to be a battle,” said Jasper Head Coach Rich Adkin. “Greenfield is so good on defense, they're fast, they're strong, and I told them it was going to be very very difficult, so we needed some big plays or something like that to happen for us because it was a struggle.”
Adkin said the Eagles made a point of throwing the ball in this game, attempting 13 passes compared to five passes in the first two games combined.
Quarterback Logan Johnston only completed four of those passes, but he made those passes count, hitting three for touchdowns and a total of 124 yards.
Running Back Payton Smith was the Eagles leading rusher with 13 carries for 75 yards, followed close behind by Jordan Rice, with six carries for 73 yards.
The Eagles fell behind after a scoreless first quarter. Greenfield struck first with a one-yard run by Anthony Schwindler on a fake field goal attempt, going up 6-0 in the second quarter.
Jasper tied the game up with a 19-yard pass from Johnston to Nick Adkins. The extra point failed and the teams went into halftime tied 6-6.
Greenfield scored in the third quarter on a 26-yard touchdown reception by Schwindler from Hunter Montey.
Jasper took over, scoring the tying touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, a 30-yard pass from Johnston to Sweeney.
Jasper benefitted from a little bit of luck on its next drive when a ball meant for Blake Jeffries was knocked away, but landed in Sweeney's hands. He scored on the 68-yard pass.
The two-point conversion made the score 20-6.
Jasper put the game away with a 2-yard touchdown run by Johnston late in the fourth to make the score 26-12.