Hoover, AL – The Spain Park Jaguars capped their 2023 campaign with a 39-0 victory over the Pelham Panthers Thursday night at Bob Finley Field. The Jaguar’s (7-3) showcased their dominance with a resounding 39-0 victory over Pelham (5-5), marking their fifth consecutive win over their Shelby County foes. The Jag offense was unstoppable, amassing a staggering 536 yards of total offense, while the defense secured its second shutout of the season.
Although the Jaguars tied with cross-town rival Hoover for fourth place in Class 7A, Region 3, their hopes of making the playoffs were thwarted by a 28-20 loss to the Bucs in September. Nevertheless, the Jaguars’ seven wins represent their most successful season since their appearance in the Class 7A championship game in 2015. It’s also their first winning season since 2017, showcasing the programs growth under second year head coach Tim Vakakas.
Pelham’s season comes to a close at 5-5 overall with a 2-4 mark in Class 6A, Region 3 play.
The game began with a scoreless tie in the first quarter. However, it was Spain Park receiver Jonathan Bibbs who ignited the offense in the second period. Bibbs shined, catching two remarkable touchdown passes from quarterback Brock Bradley, covering distances of 75 and 81 yards. These plays propelled Spain Park to a commanding 14-0 halftime lead.
Bibbs’ stellar performance continued throughout the game, totaling five receptions for an incredible 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Brock Bradley showcased his precision, completing 10-of-19 passes for 241 yards and three scores. On the ground, Derrick Shanks contributed with 113 rushing yards on 10 carries, while DaKarai Shanks added 102 rushing yards on 15 carries, including a touchdown. C.J. Crowley also made his mark with a 14-yard touchdown run, and Reggie Jackson caught an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Despite their remarkable offensive display, Spain Park faced some challenges. The team was penalized nine times for a total of 95 yards. However, these obstacles did not deter their dominance on the field. Pelham, on the other hand, struggled to gain momentum, finishing the game with a total of 214 yards of offense – 91 on the ground and 123 through the air.
The Jaguars’ remarkable 536 yards of total offense displayed their ability to move the ball effectively and capitalize on scoring opportunities. Additionally, securing their second shutout of the season exemplifies the strength and determination of their defense.