“I was just thinking what we could do to get back into the game. We just think about the next play,” he said. “I’ve told them that good things happen to good people who work hard, eventually, and we took a step toward that.”
The Devils made a game of it late when Sam Blair scored from just inches away with 2:55 left. That drive came about after Walker’s center snapped the ball way over his punter’s head, handing the ball over to the Devils at the Viking 19.
But Jordan’s subsequent onside kick went for naught, and Oliver gained a needed first down to allow the clock to expire.
Josh Moon also scored a 5-yard touchdown run for Jordan in the third quarter.
Bryant was 8-for-13 in passing for 108 yards. Hodges struggled with the passing attack all night, going 12-for-28 with a career-hgih three interceptions and just 94 yards. The Devils totaled 119 yards rushing, for 213 yards total offense.
Walker (6-2, 6-0 region) hosts Springville next Friday, while Jordan (4-4, 3-3) hosts eighth-ranked Center Point. The Vikings are ineligible for post-season play because of restrictive probation, imposed on the program by the AHSAA after their former head coach got in a fight with an assistant from Cullman in the first game of the season.
The Blue Devils are still in the running for a playoff berth, though they are tied for the fourth spot with Springville, which faces Walker next week. If both lose and stand at 3-4, Jordan would have the head-to-head tiebreaker due to their win over the Tigers. Springville must upset the Vikings to get into the post-season, and Jordan must also lose.