CHAPMANVILLE – Jacob Dingess had a breakout season last year.
Chapmanville Regional High School’s football coaching staff hopes he can shine again this fall.
The Tigers are solid at wide receiver with the return of the senior, Dingess, the Cardinal Conference’s No. 1 WR from last year.
Dingess caught 44 passes for 702 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
“Jacob has that blazing speed and a little bit of wiggle to him,” Tigers’ veteran coach George Barker said. “The thing about Jacob that separates him from the others is that he really wants to get down field and put the ball in the end zone. You’re going to have to make a tackle on him. We have to find a way to get him the ball in space and let his athletic ability take over.”
The Tigers lost receivers Zac Casto and Tyler Neil to graduation but will look to newcomer Ethan Thompson to help pick up the slack. Thompson, a senior, comes over to the football team from the CRHS track squad and the Chapmanville braintrust are hoping he can turn his sprinter’s speed into long touchdown catch-and-runs this fall.
“Ethan Thompson gives us some speed and we’re going to find a way to get Ethan and Jacob on the field at the same time,” Barker said.
Dylan Smith may also see time at wide receiver, Barker said, along with Billy Sheppard.
“Dylan Smith is another wideout for us along with Billy Sheppard,” Barker said. “Billy can play either play tight end or wide receiver and we can move him in and out. He’s had a really good off-season. Jordan Whitt also came out for football and he’s a big, tall receiver. He’s about 6-4 and he’s got good hands.”
Noah Dingess, C.J. Dalton, Kade Elkins and even Vance could also contribute at receiver, along with Jordan Whitt.
“We also have Noah Dingess, who is Jacob’s little brother,” Barker said. “He looks good. He’s going to see a lot of playing time. C.J. Dalton is another young receiver for us. Kade Elkins is another young wideout. If Adam Vance is not playing quarterback, he might also see some time at wide receiver. He’s a good athlete and he’s going to find a way to play somewhere.”
Freshman Ethan Ferrell and Peyton Hensley and Austin Butcher even add more to Chapmanville’s deep receiving corps.
“We’ve got several kids and with Alex Berry at quarterback he’ll have a lot of weapons,” Barker said.
Barker said some of his wide receivers could get carries as well, depending on the formation and scheme.
“We’re also looking to get some of our wide receivers in our running game, too,” he said. “Ethan Thompson is out. He’s been in track. He’s got good speed. Jacob Dingess may also get some carries. We have to find a way to get him the ball.”
The Tigers open the season Aug. 28 at home against the Sissonville Indians.
(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).