CHAPMANVILLE — As the Class AA No. 7-ranked Chapmanville Regional High School football team prepares to play 3A county rival Logan tonight at home they may be doing so without their head coach.
Chapmanville football coach George Barker has reportedly been feeling ill this week and may miss tonight’s game, said his son James Barker, a CRHS assistant coach and the Tigers’ Offensive Coordinator.
“He’s been in the hospital,” James Barker said on Wednesday. “He’s got two kidney stones and he’s in a lot of pain right now. Right now, we don’t know when he will be back. He’s having a procedure being done and he’s supposed to have surgery tomorrow (Thursday). We don’t know if he will be here on Friday night or not. If he’s here on Friday night he’ll probably be in the booth and not on the field.”
Chapmanville comes into the game 4-0 and have already matched last year’s win total. Logan is 2-2 and eager to get above .500 and get back into the playoff chase.
Logan leads the all-time series 8-6. The Tigers won last year’s game, 48-42, in overtime at Logan.
“We feel that they may be the best team that we’ve played so far,” James Barker said of the Wildcats. “We’ve played some good football teams and we think they are right up there with them. Any time you play a county rivalry game it’s pretty big. We went into this game 0-3 last year and they were in the same spot at 2-2. We were able to pull off last year’s game in overtime and that jump-started our season a little bit and gave us some hope. We’re on the other end of the spectrum but we know that they are going to give us their best shot. We’ll have to have our best shot too.”
CRHS must be able to contain Logan’s senior explosive back Matt Cox.
“We have to play assignment football and I know that I am sounding like my dad,” Barker quipped. “He’s going to make runs but we can’t allow him to have the big runs. He’s going to make plays, so we can’t hang our heads. We’ve got to keep playing and keep fighting.”
Chapmanville has some offensive weapons of its own with quarterback Alex Berry, running back Tanner Dillon and wideout Jacob Dingess.
“Our kids have a lot of confidence in what we do,” the younger Barker said. “Because they have confidence in me and me in them it could be anybody’s day on any given day. It just depends on how we feel going in and what we see in the game as the game goes on. It all starts up front. Our offensive line does a great job for us and our line coach, Ron Jones, does a great job with that O-line. The defense has also played well and has gotten the ball back for us. They’ve done a great job for us too. It’s been a team effort.”
Chapmanville has many big games ahead after this week.
Next week, struggling Mount View comes to town for the annual CRHS homecoming game on Oct. 2 and Chapmanville will be heavily favored.
The Tigers then play at Class A No. 1-ranked Man (4-0) on Oct. 9.
After that, Chapmanville then closes out the season with three huge Cardinal Conference games — Oct. 16 against Mingo Central (2-1) in the home finale, Oct. 23 at Tolsia (4-0) and Oct. 30 at Wayne (2-2). Tolsia upset Wayne 47-34 in the opener, then later beat Mingo Central (44-41). The Rebels are ranked No. 5 in the state this week. The Miners are 16th.
Chapmanville’s bye week is Nov. 6. The state playoffs begin on Nov. 13.
“The conference is so unpredictable right now,” Barker said. “This is a good Double-A conference. I feel like it’s the best conference in Double-A and I don’t care what sport it is. We have a very competitive conference.”
The Tigers are currently first place in the Cardinal Conference at 4-0, 4-0. Tolsia is 3-0 in league play, one-half game behind.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Chapmanville 4-0 4-0 171 71
Tolsia 3-0 4-0 169 88
Mingo Central 1-1 2-1 134 59
Wayne 1-1 2-2 155 146
Herbert Hoover 1-2 2-2 129 88
Sissonville 1-3 1-3 74 113
Poca 0-1 0-4 49 169
Scott 0-3 1-3 68 161
Friday, September 25 games:
Logan at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Nitro at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Tug Valley at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne — BYE WEEK
Sissonville — BYE WEEK
Herbert Hoover — BYE WEEK
Friday, September 18 results:
Chapmanville 55, Poca 14
Sissonville 40, Scott 0
Wayne 64, Oak Hill 13
Tolsia 32, Herbert Hoover 7
Mingo Central — 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).