CHAPMANVILLE — In the world of Cardinal Conference football, there’s many games that are perceived as toss-ups.
If you win a few of those it usually goes a long way in inching your team closer to the Class AA playoffs.
The Chapmanville Regional High School football team has another one of those toss-ups on Friday night as the Tigers (1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Cardinal Conference), travel to Falling Rock to take on the Herbert Hoover Huskies (1-0, 1-0).
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Both the Tigers are Huskies won toss-ups last week.
Chapmanville turned a close 9-6 halftime lead into a 30-6 rout over then No. 9-ranked Sissonville last week at home in the season opener. Hoover rolled to a 39-12 victory over Scott in a conference game.
A lot is at stake on Friday night as the winner will go to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the league.
The Tigers are ranked No. 7 in the state this week in 2A, while Hoover is 13th.
Chapmanville coach George Barker said the Huskies should give the Tigers yet another tough Cardinal Conference battle.
“I told one of my assistant coaches last night that Week 2 became bigger because we won in Week 1,” Barker said. “It’s part of it when you play in a good conference. You are going to see good quality opponents and you are going to have to play to the best of your ability to win. Hopefully we can get a great effort and do all of the little things well.”
Herbert Hoover, which beat Chapmanville 35-30 last season at Tiger Stadium, went 6-4 a year ago but, like the Tigers, missed the playoffs.
The Huskies were led last week by Triston Hager, Chase Stover and Brody Thomas, who combined for 268 yards and five touchdowns in the win over the Skyhawks.
Coach Tim Meyer’s Huskies struck pay dirt on the very first play with Hager’s 64-yard touchdown run. The senior QB finished with 101 yards on nine carries and two scores.
Thomas, a junior fullback, gained 109 yards on 10 carries for the night. He had a 56-yard gainer during the game.
Stover finished with 54 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, including an 18-yard scoring run with nine minutes left to seal the win.
Scott, which trailed 25-0 at halftime, scored on a 47-yard TD run by quarterback Austin Mitchell in the second half. Hoover added a 24-yard field goal by Brett Strickland and also scored on a safety. The Huskies then put away Scott in the fourth quarter.
Barker said Hoover will be another tough test for his Tigers.
“You could have said the same thing about last year’s team,” he said. “Last year, Hoover had a good quarterback and a good running back. We have to play assignment defense and offensively we have to find out what we can attack and get after them.”
Chapmanville was led last week by the senior combo of QB Alex Berry and wide receiver Jacob Dingess.
Berry hooked up with Dingess on a pair of touchdown passes covering 7 and 9 yards. Dingess was last year’s top wide receiver in the conference.
Dingess had nine catches for 172 yards in the game and was the Logan Banner’s Athlete of the Week. One of his receptions went for 30 yards to the 1-yard line.
Running back Tanner Dillon had 18 carries for 47 yards and two TDs last week. He also had one catch for 10 yards. Dillon, also Chapmanville’s kicker and punter, had a good night in the special teams as he kicked a 30-yard field goal.
Ethan Thompson finished with two carries for 60 yards. Dylan Smith had three catches for 71 yards and a pair of rushes for two yards.
On defense, Ethan Neace led CRHS last week with eight solo tackles, two assists and a sack. Tim Bigley had seven solos, one assist and one sack. Austin Butcher had six solos and two assists, while Jordan Whitt had six stops and one assist.
Andy Bias had five solo tackles and one sack. Ryan Craddock had five solos and four assisted stops.
Chapmanville led just 9-6 last week at halftime but kicked it in gear.
“To us, there are three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams,” Barker said. “I felt like we won the battle in all three of them, therefore, we won the ballgame. I thought we did extremely well in the second half on defense. We made a few slight adjustments with (Assistant) Coach (Bo) Berry. In these first few games you are going to have to make a lot of adjustments. Offensively, we got back in the second half just doing what we do. We kept it a little more simple and executed better in the second half. Sometimes those first game jitters get to you. We settled down and let the game come to them.”
* It was a wild first week in the Cardinal Conference as Chapmanville handled Sissonville, Hoover beat Scott and Tolsia upset Wayne, 49-34, on the road.
So that was three playoff teams from last year going down to teams that did not reach the post-season.
“What’s going to be interesting to see is how we, as a conference, can compete outside of the conference,” Barker said. “I think on any given night anybody in the conference can win. Poca went up against a Triple-A team in Nitro last week and was right there with them. It’s going to be a tough battle for everyone in the conference week in and week out.”
* Chapmanville’s game on Friday night at Hoover will be played on natural grass.
It’s the first of four games on grass this fall for the Tigers with Poca, Tolsia and Wayne being the others.
CRHS debuted its new Field Turf last week as did county rival Man High School, which also got artificial turf. Logan’s first home game on its recently completed turf will be in Week 4 against Point Pleasant.
The Tigers have four more home games on turf and an away game at Man on the George A. Queen Memorial turf later in the season.
Football Friday Night
WHAT: No. 7 Chapmanville (1-0, 1-0) at No. 13 Herbert Hoover (1-0, 1-0)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Herbert Hoover High School football field, Falling Rock, W.Va.
SURFACE: Natural grass
LAST WEEK: Chapmanville beat No. 9 Sissonville 30-6. Hoover won 39-14 over Scott.
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Chapmanville vs. Herbert Hoover
Football Series Last 10 years
(Chapmanville leads 5-3)
2014: Herbert Hoover 35, Chapmanville 30
2013: Chapmanville 24, Herbert Hoover 18
2012: Chapmanville 33, Herbert Hoover 19
2011: Chapmanville 27, Herbert Hoover 7
2010: Herbert Hoover 48, Chapmanville 45
2009: Herbert Hoover 30, Chapmanville 20
2008: Chapmanville 24, Herbert Hoover 0
2007: Chapmanville 40, Herbert Hoover 7 (at Charleston’s Laidley Field)
(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).