Tigers win thriller at Poca
Paul Adkins Sports Editor
Here come the Chapmanville Tigers.
For the third straight week, the Chapmanville Regional High School football scored a come-from-behind victory as “The Cardiac Kids” scored a 34-31 Cardinal Conference victory at Poca on Friday night at Poca High School’s O.O. White Stadium.
Chapmanville, 3-1 overall and 3-1 in the Cardinal Conference, trailed Poca 16-0 but managed to rally from a 31-28 deficit when quarterback Alex Berry fired a 22-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-15 play with a minute to go in the game to go up 34-31.
The lead stood.
The Dots, playing their first conference game, fell to 1-3, 0-1.
Chapmanville improved to 6-1 over Poca since the series was started in 2007. The Tigers have beaten Poca six times in a row after falling in the ‘07 matchup.
The series with the Dots has produced many close games and a few wild ones. The Tigers beat Poca 34-33 last year and won a 69-66 shooutout in 2010. The year before that, it was also close as Chapmanville won 30-26.
This was another barnburner, just as Chapmanville coach George Barker had predicted.
The Tigers had to hang on late.
Poca still had a chance but QB Justin Stewart fumbled the ball away and the pigskin was covered by Chris Brewster. The Tigers then ran out the clock.
The two teams had met before in the preseason during the Cardinal Conference Gridorama at Mingo Central on Aug. 17.
Chapmanville was led by Berry who was 14-for-17 passing for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on an 11-yard TD run. He hit Dingess on strikes of 39 and 22 yards. Berry also hit Brady Cox with a 40-yard TD pass in the second quarter.
Dingess finished with five catches for 97 yards. Cox reeled in seven passes for 120 yards.
Poca went up 16-0 with TD runs of 1 and 2 yards by Stewart and a 21-yard field goal by Nick Jensen.
The Tigers then scored 22 straight points.
Devin Wiley got it started with a 33-yard run. Cox’s 44-yard TD grab and an 11-yard touchdown run by Berry gave Chapmanville a 22-16 halftime edge.
Poca went back up 23-22 with a 60-yard interception return by Kenny Stewart.
The Tigers came right back with the 39-yard TD passs from Berry to Dingess to make it a 28-23 ballgame.
Poca’s Levi Clendenin then scored from 5 yards out to push the Dots back on top 31-28 before the Tigers’ decisive score.
Stewart led the Dots with 143 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns.
Despite losing the game, Poca outgained the Tigers 530-428 in total yards of offense. The Dots rushed 48 times for 278 yards. CRHS had 41 carries for 172 yards.
Wiley ran 17 times for 84 yards and had one catch out of the backfield for 11 yards. Paul Workman had 19 rushes for 83 yards.
Zac Casto had one catch for 28 yards for Chapmanville. Jordan Toler had one carry for three yards.
Matt Chapman led the Tiger defense with eight solo tackles and three assists. Matthew Dinges had seven solos and five assists for 12 total stops. Michael Hall had seven solos and two assists. Casto finished with six solos and four assists.
Cox had five solos and two assists, while Nick Brumfield had five solos and one assisted stop. Tanner Dillon had four solos and two assists. Caleb Browning finished with three solos, one assist, two QB sacks and one caused fumble. He also punted once for 46 yards.
Brewster had three solos, one assist and one fumble recovery.
Wiley contributed two solos, one assist and one interception. Morgan Jackson had two tackles and one assist. Rodney Workman had two tackles.
Austin Butcher, Alexander Oxley and Gabe Maynard all had one tackle each.
Chapmanville was penalized three times for 20 yards. Poca had five flags for 35 yards.
CRHS is back at home this coming Friday night as Class AAA county rival Logan (3-1) comes to Tiger Stadium for a 7:30 p.m.
It will also be Chapmanville’s annual Hall of Fame Game.
Chapmanville will honor its hall of fame class of Casey Bowling, Eric Ellis, Pete Fala and Deanna Booth on Thursday with a hall of fame golf outing and dinner at the Logan Country Club. The golf begins at noon with the dinner at 7 p.m.
The inductees will also be honored before Friday night’s game.
Look for a feature story on the new hall of fame class in Tuesday’s Logan Banner.
Cardinal Conference Standings
TEAM CONF ALL
Sissonville 3-0 4-0
Wayne 1-0 3-0
Mingo Central 1-0 3-1
Chapmanville 3-1 3-1
Herbert Hoover 1-2 1-3
Tolsia 1-3 1-3
Poca 0-1 1-3
Scott 0-3 1-3
Friday night’s scores:
Chapmanville 34, Poca 31
Mingo Central 22, Westside 8
Sissonville 22, Scott 20
Wayne 57, Ravenswood 6
Tolsia 24, Herbert Hoover 20
Friday, Sept. 27 games:
Logan at Chapmanville (Hall of Fame Game), 7:30 p.m.
Tug Valley at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover — BYE WEEK
Mingo Central – BYE WEEK
2013 Chapmanville Regional High School
Football Schedule (3-1):
Aug. 30: *Sissonville, L 22-40
Sept. 6: *at Herbert Hoover, W 24-18
Sept. 13: *Scott, W 20-13
Sept. 20: *at Poca, W 34-31
Sept. 27: Logan (Hall of Fame Game), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: James Monroe (Homecoming), 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
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