CHAPMANVILLE – If you are a Chapmanville Regional High School football fan any victory over the rival Scott Skyhawks is a good win.
However, Chapmanville’s 20-13 home win over Scott on Friday night at Tiger Stadium had a lot more than just bragging rights on the line.
Even though it is just Week 3 of the high school football season, it was a huge victory for the Tigers, which are jockying for positions in the early Class AA playoff picture and Cardinal Conference standings.
With the win, Chapmanville improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference and stayed in the middle of the pack in the league. The Tigers have won two straight after beginning the season with a disappointing 40-22 defeat to the Sissonville Indians.
For Scott, it was a crushing loss. The Skyhawks, which beat Class AAA Lincoln County last week, dropped to 1-2, 0-2.
Leading by seven points late in the game, Scott looked to tie or possibly go ahead after the Tigers fumbled at the Chapmanville 35-yard line. Clinging to the lead, Chapmanville’s defense then rose to the occasion and stopped the Skyhawks on a fourth-and-3 play from the Tiger 14 as Scott quarterback Cody Brown was thrown for a 1-yard loss.
The fourth-down stand ended up sealing the win for Chapmanville, which gained a measure of revenge on Scott which beat the Tigers rather handily in last year’s meeting at Madison.
Chapmanville’s defense was also big in the first half as Scott was stopped short of the goal line on four of its first five possessions, forcing turnovers on downs three times.
In the second half, Scott was turned back by Chapmanville inside the Tiger 25-yard line on four different drives.
The Tigers jumped on top 8-0 in the first quarter as Paul Workman scored on a 2-yard run and then ran in the two-point conversion.
That’s the way the game stayed until the third quarter when Brown scored on a 1-yard QB sneak. The PAT was good as Scott trimmed the Chapmanville lead to 8-7.
Chapmanville then upped the margin to 14-7 in the third after QB Alex Berry hit Brady Cox on a 42-yard touchdown pass at the 2:16 mark. The two-point conversion failed.
Then in the fourth with 8:40 left in the game, the Tigers made it 20-7 with Berry’s 13-yard TD strike to Zac Casto. The conversion again failed.
Scott trimmed it to 20-13 later in the fourth quarter as Cameron Loftus scored on a 55-yard TD run. The extra point kick was no good.
The Tigers then held on for the win.
Chapmanville outgained Scott 326-212 in total yardage. Chapmanville had 49 rushes for 226 yards, while the Skyhawks ran with the ball 30 times for 138 yards. The Tigers edged Scott 100-74 in the air. Berry was 4-for-8 passing.
Loftus was held to just 46 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Wiley led Chapmanville with 133 yards rushing on 26 carries. Tanner Dillon had 16 rushes for 49 yards. Matt Chapman had two totes for four yards.
Cox had two catches for 63 yards. Casto snared two passes for 63 yards.
Nick Brumfield led the CRHS defense with eight solo tackles and three assists. Casto was also a leader with eight tackles and one assisted stop.
Dillon had six solos and two assists, while Matt Dingess had six solo tackles and one assist. Wiley finished with five tackles, while Nate Ramey had four solos and two assists.
Caleb Browning had three solo tackles. Justin Hensley had three solos and one assist. Cox and Chapman each had two solos and two assists. Morgan Jackson and Chris Brewster each had two solo tackles and one assist. Gabe Maynard also had two tackles for the Tigers.
Michael Hall finished with one solo and one assist. Austin Kirk and Ricky Combs had one tackle apiece.
Browning punted three times for an average of 31.1 yards a kick.
Chapmanville was penalized 11 times for 80 yards. Scott had nine flags for 52 yards.
The Tigers are scheduled to return to action this coming Friday night at Poca. It will be the fourth straight conference game to open the season for the Tigers. The Dots are 1-2 overall and 0-0 in the league. Poca won its first game of the season on Friday night with a 32-28 non-conference victory over Class A Putnam County rival Buffalo.
Cardinal Conference Standings
TEAM CONF ALL
Sissonville 2-0 3-0
Wayne 1-0 2-0
Mingo Central 1-0 2-1
Chapmanville 2-1 2-1
Herbert Hoover 1-1 1-2
Poca 0-0 1-2
Scott 0-2 1-2
Tolsia 0-3 0-3
Friday night’s scores:
Scott 20, Chapmanville 13
Mingo Central 45, Webster County 24
Sissonville 56, Tolsia 0
Poca 32, Buffalo 28
Lewis County 21, Herbert Hoover 0
Wayne – BYE WEEK
Friday, Sept. 20 games:
Chapmanville at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Ravenswood at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
2013 Chapmanville Regional High School
Football Schedule (2-1):
Aug. 30: *Sissonville, L 22-40
Sept. 6: *at Herbert Hoover, W 24-18
Sept. 13: *Scott, W 20-13
Sept. 20: *at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27: Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: James Monroe, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Man, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: *Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: *at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: *at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: OPEN DATE
*Cardinal Conference game