By Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE — The Class AA No. 7-ranked Chapmanville Regional High School football team ran its record to 5-0 on the season with Friday night’s 43-26 win over 3A county rival Logan at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Chapmanville won for the second straight year over Logan, which dropped to 2-3 on the season. Logan still leads 8-7 in the all-time series dating back to 2001.
The Tigers led just 14-12 at halftime and then looked to pull away.
Tanner Dillon’s 1-yard touchdown run with four minutes to go in the third quarter put Chapmanville on top 21-12. Dillon’s extra point kick was good. The touchdown was set up by a 14-yard run by QB Alex Berry to the 1-yard line on a fourth-and-two play.
Logan then fumbled the ball away on the ensuing kickoff.
Then just 18 seconds later, the Tigers were in the end zone on the very next play as Berry fired a 36-yard TD pass to Jacob Dingess with 2:57 left. The PAT kick by Dillon was good and Chapmanville led 28-12, its largest lead of the night.
The Wildcats, however, didn’t go away.
After turning the ball over on downs on the Chapmanville 8-yard line, Jamal Minter, moments later, scored on a 24-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Matthew Cox ran in the two-point conversion and Logan trailed just 28-20 with 8:10 left in the ballgame.
Down just one score, Logan got the ball back with a Cox interception of Berry.
Logan quarterback Alex Toler later was picked off by Dingess.
The Tigers were able to capitalize on the turnover as Berry scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 3:33 left in the game. The Tigers faked the point after kick and Dylan Smith was able to pass to Ryan Craddock for two as CRHS led 36-20.
Logan still wouldn’t go away.
With 2:03 remaining in the game, Toler connected with Tyler Browning on a 22-yard touchdown pass to cut the margin to 36-26. Toler’s pass, however, on the all-important two-point conversion play, fell incomplete. That kept it a two-score game.
Chapmanville then put the game away for good with 1:06 to go with Smith’s 79-yard touchdown run to make it 43-26. Dillon’s kick was good.
The Tigers went up 7-0 early in the game, taking the opening kickoff 87 yards in 13 plays, capped off by Dillon’s 14-yard TD run. Dillon booted the PAT and the Tigers led 7-0 with 6:43 showing on the first quarter clock.
Chapmanville Regional High School’s Tanner Dillon scores on a 14-yard TD run to put the Tigers up 7-0 over Logan on Friday night at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium. Chapmanville won 43-26 to improve to 5-0 on the season. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Wildcats answered right back on their first drive, marching 66 yards in five plays, capped off with Toler’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Cox at the 4:27 mark on a fourth-and-three play. Logan kicker Chris Watkins’ PAT attempt, however, was blocked by Austin Butcher as the Tigers led 7-6. The touchdown was set up by a 34-yard run by Cox to the Chapmanville 32-yard line.
After a Chapmanville punt, Logan looked to march down field and take the lead.
Facing a fourth-and-five on its own 45, Logan gambled and went for it. The Wildcats converted with Toler’s 18-yard completion to Minter to the CRHS 37-yard line.
Logan’s drive stalled, however, as Toler’s fourth-and-seven pass play at the Tigers’ 34 fell incomplete.
Eight plays later, the Tigers were in the end zone again with Berry’s 1-yard plunge into the end zone. After the Dillon kick it was 14-6 Tigers with 8:57 left until halftime.
The Tigers’ Alex Berry puts his team up 14-6 over Logan with a 1-yard TD run. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The touchdown was set up on the previous play by Berry’s roll out and 9-yard completion to Dingess to the 1-yard line. A 40-yard pass to Dingess earlier in the drive was also huge.
Alex Berry rolls out and fires a 9-yard pass to Jacob Dingess to the 1-yard line to set up a Chapmanville TD. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Later in the quarter, Chapmanville went for it on a fourth-and-one play at midfield instead of punting and trying to pin Logan deep. Berry was stopped for no gain and Logan took over at the 50.
Logan made the Tigers pay.
Four plays later, Toler tossed a 39-yard TD bomb down the sideline to Cox to cut the CRHS lead to 14-12. Logan tried a halfback pass by Cox on the two-point conversion but it was broken up in the end zone.
Logan QB Alex Toler fires a 39-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Cox in Friday night’s game. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Cox had two touchdowns on the night for Logan.
Dillon and Berry each had two TDs for the Tigers.
On the sideline on Friday night was Chapmanville coach George Barker. The 12th-year Tigers’ coach had been feeling ill this week with kidney stones and had surgery on Thursday but was well enough to lead the team.
Chapmanville is scheduled to return to action next Friday night at home against Mount View in the annual CRHS homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Logan is off next week and hosts Greenbrier East on Oct. 9.
— Look for complete statistics, a recap of the game and still pictures in Sunday’s Logan Banner print edition.
Cancer survivors and football players Skyler Miller (Logan) and Will Seigman (Chapmanville) were honored before Friday night’s game at Tiger Stadium. Also honored were Logan County Commissioners Danny Godby, Danny Ellis and Willie Akers for helping secure some of the funding for the three Field Turf projects in Logan County. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chapmanville’s Tanner Dillon runs for 16 yards. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan quarterback Alex Toler passes to Jamal Minter. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chapmanville’s Tanner Dillon boots an extra point kick in Friday’s win over Logan. He was 5-for-5 in his PAT’s. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan’s Devonte Tolliver runs for 8 yards and a first down. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Chapmanville Regional cheerleaders and Alumni Cheerleaders lead the crowd in cheers as the CRHS band plays the school’s fight song. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Logan vs. Chapmanville
All-Time Football Series
(Logan leads 8-7)
2005: Chapmanville 43, Logan 26
2014: Chapmanville 48, Logan 42 (OT)
2013: Logan 27, Chapmanville 14
2012: Logan 20, Chapmanville 0
2011: Logan 22, Chapmanville 21
2010: Chapmanville 35, Logan 20
2009: Chapmanville 21, Logan 14
2008: Chapmanville 21, Logan 6
2007: Chapmanville 13, Logan 12
2006: Logan 14, Chapmanville 7
2005: Logan 42, Chapmanville 6
2004: Logan 29, Chapmanville 6
2003: Chapmanville 20, Logan 14
2002: Logan 27, Chapmanville 8
2001: Logan 21, Chapmanville 0
2015 Chapmanville Regional
High School Football Schedule (5-0):
Aug. 28: Sissonville, W 30-6
Sept. 4: at Herbert Hoover, W 38-35
Sept. 11: Scott, W 48-16
Sept. 18: at Poca, W 55-14
Sept. 25: Logan, W 43-26
Oct. 2: Mount View (Homecoming), 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
2015 Logan High School
Football Schedule (2-3):
Aug. 28: at Man, L 13-18
Sept. 4: at Shady Spring, W 49-14
Sept. 11: at Lincoln County, W 44-12
Sept. 18: Point Pleasant (Hall of Fame Game), L 7-57
Sept. 25: at Chapmanville, L 26-43
Oct. 2: Open date
Oct. 9: Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16: John Marshall (Homecoming), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30: Oak Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6: Scott, 7:30 p.m.