Chapmanville Regional High School football coach George Barker talked during the preseason about his special teams and how it could be one of the strengths of his squad this season.
That was on full display on Friday night at Herbert Hoover as senior Tanner Dillon kicked a 35-yard field goal with five seconds left, lifting the Class AA No. 7-ranked Tigers to a 38-35 win on the road over the No. 13 Huskies (1-1, 1-1) at Falling Rock.
The kick broke a 35-35 tie and improved Chapmanville to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Cardinal Conference. The Tigers are tied for first place in the conference standings with No. 8-ranked Tolsia (2-0, 2-0), which won 44-41 at home over No. 2 Mingo Central on Friday night.
Dillon, also the Tigers’ feature tailback, had a big night for Chapmanville as he rushed 22 times for 129 yards and also made all five of his extra point kicks in addition to the field goal.
The Tigers went on top of Hoover 7-0 at the 10:42 mark of the first quarter as Dylan Smith scored on a 3-yard TD run. Dillon’s kick was good.
Herbert Hoover tied it 7-7 with 6:47 to go until halftime on Chase Stover’s 10-yard touchdown run and Brett Strickland’s ensuing extra point kick.
Then with 3:48 to go, Dillon scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge. He tacked on the PAT and CRHS was on top 14-7.
Chapmanville reached pay dirt again with 45 seconds left until halftime as quarterback Alex Berry connected with Noah Dingess on a 7-yard touchdown pass. Dillon’s successful PAT then made it 21-7 Tigers at the half.
Herbert Hoover was then able to tie it 21-21 with a pair of third quarter touchdowns with Triston Hager’s 29-yard run and Strickland’s 6-yard TD run. Strickland booted both PAT’s.
Then with eight seconds left in the third quarter, Berry’s 1-yard touchdown run and Dillon’s extra point boot gave the Tigers a 28-21 lead.
The Huskies came right back with an 11-yard touchdown run by Hager with 9:16 left in the game. After the Strickland PAT the game was tied 28-28.
Chapmanville had an answer with 8:23 to go as Berry found Smith on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Dillon’s extra point kick was again good as CRHS led 35-28.
The Huskies broke even with the Tigers once again with a 2-yard touchdown run by Brody Thomas. Strickland’s PAT was good and Hoover tied the ballgame up at 35 before Dillon eventually won it with his last second field goal.
Berry was 15-for-23 passing for 160 yards with two TDs and one interception for the game. He ran with the ball eight times for nine net yards and a score.
Smith had nine carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns and three catches for 38 yards.
Noah Dingess reeled in seven passes for 76 yards and a score. Billy Sheppard had one catch for 10 yards. Jacob Dingess snagged four passes for 36 yards.
Timmy Bigley led the Chapmanville defense with eight solo tackles, four assists and a fumble recovery.
Ethan Neace had six solos and three assists.
Austin Butcher contributed five tackles and four assisted stops, while Ricky Combs and Ryan Craddock each had five solos and three assists. Andy Bias finished with five solos and two assists.
Dillon had three tackles and three assists. Smith also had three tackles as did Dingess, who also had an assist.
Sheppard and Philip Oxley each had two solos and two assists. Ethan Thompson also had two tackles.
Jordan Whitt finished with one solo tackle and two assists. Adam Vance and Blake Dalton each had one solo and one assist. Christopher Dalton also had a tackle. Alex Oxley had one solo, one assist and one fumble recovery.
Berry had one interception on defense.
Dillon, who handles all of Chapmanville’s kicking duties, punted twice for an average of 36.5 yards per boot.
Herbert Hoover was penalized 11 times for 65 yards. The Tigers had nine flags for 95 yards.
CRHS is scheduled to return to action this Friday night at home against rival Scott in another Cardinal Conference game. It will also be the Hall of Fame Game.
The Skyhawks are 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Tolsia 2-0 2-0 93 75
Chapmanville 2-0 2-0 68 41
Herbert Hoover 1-1 1-1 74 50
Mingo Central 0-1 1-1 100 51
Scott 0-1 1-1 52 73
Wayne 0-1 0-1 34 49
Sissonville 0-1 0-1 6 30
Poca 0-0 0-2 27 67
Friday, September 4 results:
Chapmanville 38, Herbert Hoover 35
Tolsia 44, Mingo Central 41
Scott 40, Lincoln County 34 (OT)
Nicholas County 28, Poca 13
Wayne vs. Sissonville, ppd. to Saturday, lightning
Saturday, Sept. 5 game:
Sissonville at Wayne, late
Friday, September 11 games:
Scott at Chapmanville (Hall of Fame Game), 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Point Pleasant at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Fairland (Ohio), 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at River View, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
(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).