CHAPMANVILLE — It’s setting up nicely for the Chapmanville Tigers.
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.
The Tigers have already surpassed last year’s win total of four and have their sights set on the upcoming Class AA playoffs.
But it’s not only that.
Chapmanville has even loftier goals as the Tigers would like to finish in the top eight and host a first-round playoff game for the first time since 2008.
The Tigers will likely beat struggling Mount View next week in their annual homecoming game and would go into the Oct. 9 game at county rival Man with a 6-0 record in the battle of the unbeatens. The Class A No. 1-ranked Hillbillies are 5-0 after winning 26-6 at Fayetteville and observe a bye week this Friday night.
Since both Chapmanville and Man have both beat Logan the county championship will also be on the line.
The Tigers, though, first took care of the Wildcats on Friday night.
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.
Chapmanville then put the game away for good with 1:06 to go with Smith’s 69-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.
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 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.
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.
Cox had two touchdowns on the night for Logan.
Dillon and Berry each had two TDs for the Tigers.
Berry was 11-for-17 passing for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He ran with the ball six times for 22 yards and two TDs.
Dillon had 28 carries for 132 yards and two TDs.
Dingess reeled in eight passes for 129 yards and one score.
Smith had seven rushes for 97 yards and one TD and three catches for 19 yards.
On defense, Butcher led Chapmanville with seven solo tackles, three assists and a blocked kick. Craddock had seven solos and three assisted tackles.
Timmy Bigley contributed six tackles and two assists. Andy Bias had five solos, three assists and one fumble recovery. Ricky Combs had five tackles and two assists.
Dingess had four solos, two assists and a pick. Smith and Dillon each had four tackles and two assists. Alex Oxley and Jordan Whit each finished with three solos and two assists.
Christopher Dalton had two tackles and a forced fumble. Billy Sheppard and Blake Dalton each had two tackles. Ethan Thompson and Ethan Neace both had a tackle and an assist.
The Tigers were penalized seven times for 57 yards. Logan had five flags for 45 yards.
Logan’s statistics were unavailable as of presstime.
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.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Chapmanville 4-0 5-0 214 97
Tolsia 3-0 5-0 200 102
Mingo Central 1-1 3-1 187 85
Wayne 1-1 2-2 155 146
Herbert Hoover 1-2 2-2 129 88
Scott 1-3 2-3 122 176
Sissonville 1-3 1-3 74 113
Poca 0-2 0-5 64 223
Friday, September 25 games:
Chapmanville 43, Logan 26
Mingo Central 53, Nitro 26
Tolsia 31, Tug Valley 14
Scott 54, Poca 15
Wayne — BYE WEEK
Sissonville — BYE WEEK
Herbert Hoover — BYE WEEK
Friday, October 2 games:
Mount View at Chapmanville (Homecoming Game), 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Westside at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Poca, 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).