CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School football team’s talented skilled position players seem to get all of the attention but Tigers’ coach George Barker said several other gridders have been unsung heroes so far in Chapmanville’s undefeated start to the 2015 season.
The Tigers, 3-0 overall and 3-0 in the Cardinal Conference, will look to make it 4-0 with a win on Friday night at Poca (0-3, 0-0)
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Poca High School’s O.O. White Stadium.
“We’ve had some players surprise some people,” Barker said. “Andy Bias has stepped up and played well. Adam Vance is another one. You have those kids like Alex (Berry) and Jacob (Dingess) that you know who are players but some of these other players have played well.”
Barker said Alex Oxley, a junior linebacker and offensive lineman, has also played well so far.
“We moved Alex Oxley to the outside,” Barker said. “He’s done a good job for us.”
Timmy Bigley and Corey McGraw have also stepped in and have contributed, Barker said.
“A lot of these guys haven’t really surprised me because I knew what their potential was but maybe they have surprised some of our fans,” Barker said. “Those kids can play.”
Chapmanville senior defensive lineman Ethan Neace is listed as doubtful for this week. He sustained a broken hand a couple of weeks ago.
“He’s got a broken bone in his hand,” Barker said. “He’s playing with a cast on. That’s something that you’ve got to get accustomed to. He’s doubtful but still available. He did play some last week. We don’t know what his status is.”
Piling on the points
Last week’s 107-90 high school football game in Pennsylvania went viral on the internet and on social media and made national news.
The high score brought back memories of the 2010 game between Chapmanville and Poca which finished with the Tigers coming out on top 69-66 at Tiger Stadium.
The game featured a seven touchdown performance by Chapmanville’s Jake Robinson, who rushed for a school record 408 yards. The Dots and Tigers combined for more than 1,100 yards.
The Keystone State game was discussed around the CRHS locker room this week by the coaches and players.
“They didn’t have a third digit on the scoreboard,” Coach Barker joked about Meadville High School’s 100-plus point game in its win over DuBois High School. “We talked about that game this week with our team. I wonder if both teams just took a knee on defense.”
Journey Brown ran for 722 yards and scored 10 touchdowns to lead Meadville. Brown broke the Pennsylvania yardage record but fell short of the national high school record of 754 yards set by John Giannantonio for Netcong, N.J., in a 1950 game against Mountain Lakes.
Poca High School and its unique Dots nickname is renown as one of the nation’s best mascots by ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
According to Wikipedia, the Dots’ mascot was first referenced in 1928, during a football game when a reporter exclaimed, “they look like a bunch of red polka dots running around the field!”
The name stuck and is still used.
The school was originally called Pocatalico District High School and had a Native-American mascot to honor to the American-Indian, Pocatalico, who was killed at the mouth of the Pocatalico River.
Around the Cardinal
Other than Chapmanville/Poca, there are two other Cardinal Conference games on Friday night: Sissonville (0-3, 0-3) at Scott (1-2, 0-2); and Herbert Hoover (2-1, 1-1) at Tolsia (3-0, 2-0).
Wayne (1-2), which was crushed by 3A Point Pleasant 64-8 last week, play at Oak Hill in a non-conference game tonight.
Mingo Central (2-1) is idle.
Chapmanville and Tolsia are tied for No. 5 in the state in this week’s SSAC ratings. Herbert Hoover is tied for 12th and Mingo Central is tied for 16th.
The top 16 teams advance to the playoffs in November.
(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).