CHAPMANVILLE — It didn’t take long.
Five games to be exact.
That’s how long, or short, it took for Chapmanville Regional High School senior quarterback Alex Berry to break over the 1,000-yard passing plateau this season.
Led by Berry and several other players, the Chapmanville Tigers are experiencing a football renaissance this fall with a 5-0 record and the state’s No. 4 ranking heading into tonight’s homecoming game against Mount View.
Berry, a three-year starter under center for the Tigers, has passed for 1,076 yards so far this season and leads the Cardinal Conference just as he has done the last two grid campaigns. Berry has completed 63-of-91 of his passes and has 15 touchdown strikes compared to only three interceptions.
In last week’s 43-26 home win over the rival Logan Wildcats, 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.
Berry and the Tigers are hoping to nail down their first Class AA playoff berth in four years in the coming weeks.
Many big games are are ahead for the Tigers — unbeaten and Class A No. 1 Man next week, then a home game against Class AA No. 11 Mingo Central before closing out with road games at No. 7 and undefeated Tolsia and at No. 19 Wayne.
Chapmanville’s playoff storyline will unfold in the coming weeks but Berry has put the Tigers into a great position heading into the final five games.
CRHS coach George Barker said Berry has been “Berry good.”
“We knew going into the season that we had the leading passer in Alex Berry and the leading receiver in the conference in Jacob Dingess who were coming back,” Barker said. “We knew that that part of the game should be good for us. It’s proven that so far. Alex does a great job and he has a great command of the offense. When you have great receivers like Dingess and (Dylan) Smith it really makes for a good evening for us.”
(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).