CHAPMANVILLE — When it comes to rival games anything can happen.
Whenever the Chapmanville and Scott high school football teams step onto the gridiorn to play each other it’s sometimes hard to predict the outcome of the game.
But with a young Scott team coming to Chapmanville Regional High School on Friday to take on the Tigers, a Skyhawk squad which had to go to overtime to beat Class AAA dormat Lincoln County last week, CRHS seems to be smelling an opportunity.
With a win, Class AA No. 8-ranked Chapmanville could go 3-0 on the season.
Chapmanville comes into the game 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Cardinal Conference after last week’s dramatic 38-35 win at Herbert Hoover. The Tigers won it with five seconds left as Tanner Dillon kicked a 35-yard field goal.
Scott, after last week’s 40-34 OT win over the Panthers, are 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
It will also be the annual Hall of Fame Game at Chapmanville.
Tigers’ coach George Barker said his team is excited about the chance to stay undefeated.
“I think that if you would have asked us on August the 4th that if we would be 2-0 after two we would take it,” Barker said. “We’re real pleased so far but we just have to keep getting better. Like I said before every time that you win one the next week keeps getting better.”
Scott was able to put away Lincoln County last Friday night at home in a see-saw battle in game which was delayed for more than an hour due to lightning.
“We are such a young team, but we saw that we can overcome adversity,” Skyhawks’ head coach Shane Griffith told the Coal Valley News. “There was the weather, turnovers, penalities and overtime in our path, but we overcame it mentally and continued to play hard to get the win.”
Scott quarterback Austin Mitchell led the Skyhawks on the ground with 203 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass.
On Scott’s first play of the overtime, Mitchell won it for the Skyhawks on a 20-yard touchdown run.
“We learned tonight that this team can handle these types of situations,” Griffith said. “This team has lots of potential and we saw some of that here tonight. Now, we need to grow from this game as we go forward into the season.”
Tanner Price put Scott on the scoreboard first with an 8-yard TD run. Andrew Prince then made it 14-0 with a pick-six interception.
A touchdown by Mitchell put Scott on top 20-14 at the half. His 51-yard TD run at the 9:45 mark of the third quarter made it 26-22 Skyhawks.
Then with only 1:35 left to play, Mitchell hit Alan Robinson for a 59-yard TD pass. Scott then scored on the two-point conversion to send the game to overtime.
Scott outgained LC 415-277 in yards of total offense. The Skyhawks churned out 338 yards on the ground to the Panthers’ 168.
“They have a talented corps of running backs,” Barker said of Scott. “That’s the type of team that they are. We have got to try to find a way to keep them from getting out and scoring long touchdowns. They are going to get first downs and they are going to make the plays but we have got to tackle well in the open field and keep them from getting the big play because they are a big play type of team.”
Dillon, also the Tigers’ feature tailback, had a big night for Chapmanville last week as he rushed 22 times for 129 yards and also made all five of his extra point kicks in addition to the field goal.
QB Alex 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.
Dylan 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. His older brother 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.
“We played a really good first half,” Barker said. “I think that we kind of relaxed at halftime and they got back in the game. We never trailed. Every time they did something we answered. We got the ball with about three minutes to go and we executed down the field and we decided the best opportunity that we had was to kick a field goal at that point. Tanner was pretty good all night long and he was 5-for-5 in extra points. He made a 35-yard field goal. The kicking game can make a real big difference and we’re fortunate enough to have somebody to kick.”
On the season, Berry is 28-for-43 passing for 313 yards with four touchdowns and one pick.
Dillon leads the rushing attack with 40 carries for 176 yards and three TDs.
Jacob Dingess has 13 catches for 208 yards and two scores.
Bigley has 20 total tackles on the season, while Neace has 19 and Austin Butcher and Ryan Craddock have 17 each.
Dillon is 8-for-9 on his point after touchdown kicks this season and is 2-for-3 in field goals. He also had a 30-yarder against Sissonville and had a 34-yard kick partially blocked.
In the injury department, Chapmanville’s Neace is questionable for tonight’s game.
“Ethan has a broken bone in his hand,” Barker said. “He’s off to see if he can get something on there on his hand to where he can still play. We don’t know what his status is. He’s a starting middle guard. We’ll find out what his status is.”
CRHS was scheduled to have its Hall of Fame golf outing and dinner on Thursday at the Logan Country Club.
This year’s inductees include: Seth Amburgey, Lowell “Bo” Burwell, Mike Dingess and Cathleen Moxley.
Three others — Sam Garrett Jr., Robert Miller and Gary Thomas — are this year’s recipients of the Ralph May Community Service Award.
The inductees will be recognized before tonight’s game as well.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Tolsia 2-0 2-0 93 75
Chapmanville 2-0 2-0 68 41
Wayne 1-1 1-1 83 69
Herbert Hoover 1-1 1-1 74 50
Mingo Central 0-1 1-1 100 51
Scott 0-1 1-1 52 73
Poca 0-0 0-2 27 67
Sissonville 0-2 0-2 26 79
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.
Friday, September 4 results:
Chapmanville 38, Herbert Hoover 35
Tolsia 44, Mingo Central 41
Scott 40, Lincoln County 34 (OT)
Wayne vs. Sissonville, ppd. to Saturday, lightning
Nicholas County 28, Poca 13
Saturday, Sept. 5 game:
Wayne 49, Sissonville 20
Football Friday Night
WHAT: Chapmanville Hall of Fame Game — Scott (1-1, 0-1) at Class AA No. 8 Chapmanville (2-0, 2-0).
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tiger Stadium, Chapmanville, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Chapmanville won 38-35 at Herbert Hoover … Scott won 40-34 in OT over Lincoln County
INTERNET STREAM: www.chapmanvilletigers.tv
Chapmanville vs. Scott
Football Series Last 11 years
(Scott leads 6-5)
2014: Scott 39, Chapmanville 14
2013: Chapmanville 20, Scott 13
2012: Scott 40, Chapmanville 21
2011: Chapmanville 20, Scott 16
2010: Chapmanville 62, Scott 20
2009: Scott 32, Chapmanville 8
2008: Chapmanville 16, Scott 7
2007: Chapmanville 21, Scott 20
2006: Scott 33, Chapmanville 0
2005: Scott 30, Chapmanville 0
2004: Scott 20, Chapmanville 6
2015 Chapmanville Regional
High School Football Schedule (2-0):
Aug. 28: Sissonville, W 30-6
Sept. 4: at Herbert Hoover, W 38-35
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).