CHAPMANVILLE — George Barker has been around football for a long time.
He’s seen many hot summer days in August turn to cool, crisp evenings in September and October.
The start of the football season is still exciting for the Chapmanville Regional High School football coach.
The Tigers are currently hard at work in preparation for the 2015 season, which is scheduled to open for CRHS on Aug. 28 at home against Sissonville at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
“I love the excitement of the new year. It’s a new beginning,” Barker said. “For the seniors, the ones that have played, are excited to get another opportunity. Some of those guys who have been on the second team, now this is their chance to be first-teamers. There’s some young kids coming up from middle school who are gifted athletes and now they are on the high school team. This is an exciting time.”
The first game is always a big one, not only for the Tigers, but for everyone else.
In the WVSSAC Computer Rankings every win is big.
Often times, getting off to a good start is paramount, espcially if you have any playoff aspirations.
Last year, Chapmanville lost 42-14 at Sissonville in the season opener, and started off in an 0-3 hole.
The Tigers then won four straight to get back into the playoff picture, but dropped the last two and closed out at 4-6. Chapmanville went 3-0 in non-conference games and won the Logan County Championship with overtime victories over Man and Logan but were just 1-6 in Cardinal Conference play. The lone league win was a victory over winless Poca.
Chapmanville hasn’t made it to the Class AA playoffs since 2011 when the Tigers reached the state semifinals that year, falling 33-13 at Point Pleasant.
“Sometimes the first game of the season will make or break you as far as the playoffs are concerned,” Barker said. “A few years back we lost the first game of the year in overtime to Sissonville but we were able to come back and make it to the playoffs. Who knows? We’re just happy to be here and I’m happy to be here and doing this at my age. It rejuvinates your desire to be here.”
The Tigers have two preseason games on the slate — this Saturday vs. Scott in the Cardinal Conference Gridorama at Madison and Aug. 21 against Lincoln County.
The Scott scrimmage is set for 8 p.m.
The site of the Lincoln County preseason game has yet to be determined due to the pending Field Turf project at Tiger Stadium.
If the Field Turf is game ready the scrimmage will be at Chapmanville. If not, the Tigers will play the Panthers at Hamlin.
Kickoff for the CRHS-LC scrimmage is 7 p.m.
2015 Chapmanville Regional
High School Football Schedule:
Aug. 28: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4: at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25: Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2: Mount View, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9: at Man, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6: Bye week
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).