CHAPMANVILLE — The stage is now set for the “Battle of the Unbeatens” this coming Friday night at “The Queen,” Man High School football’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
The Chapmanville Regional High School football team made that happen on Friday night by putting away Mount View, 39-6, in a flag-filled CRHS homecoming game at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Chapmanville, ranked No. 4 in the state in Class AA, improved to 6-0 on the season with the win.
Man, which was idle on Friday night, is 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A.
Many of Man’s football players and coaches were on hand on Friday night to watch the Tigers, which really had no trouble with Mount View despite a somewhat sluggish start.
Neither Chapmanville or Mount View (1-4) could really get into any kind of offensive rhythm in Friday night’s game, which was played in constantly annoying light right and mist.
The lack of continuity on offense was perpetrated by the array of penalties, which made for an ugly night of football.
Just how many flags were there?
You’d find just about as many at the UN building in New York.
Mount View was penalized 23 times, yes 23 times, for what seemed like a quarter of a mile of yards. It wasn’t that bad but the Golden Knights had 170 yards of penalties marched off against them.
Chapmanville had 13 yellow hankies for 120 yards as both teams were flagged a combined 36 times for 290 yards.
It was the main story of the game.
When the game wasn’t stopped by the constant flow of laundry on the turf, Chapmanville’s offense did have some success moving the ball.
Tanner Dillon was able to score three touchdowns for Chapmanville with runs of 1, 3 and 5. He finished the game with 16 carries for 77 yards and also had four catches out the backfield for 45 more yards. He also kicked 3-of-4 of his point after boots.
The Tigers only led 7-0 after one quarter.
Dillon reached the end zone with 4:58 to go in the opening quarter on a 1-yard run on a fourth-and-goal play. Dillon then split the uprights on the PAT.
The Tigers got the ball back on the ensuing surprise on-side kick as Ethan Neace recovered at the Mount View 33.
A few plays later, Chapmanville QB Alex Berry fired a 14-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Smith but the score was called back due to a penalty.
That was typical on this night.
Chapmanville’s drive eventually stalled as Berry’s fourth-and-17 pass at the 25 fell incomplete in the end zone.
The Tigers, though, scored at the 9:42 mark of the second quarter as Berry found Smith on a 39-yard touchdown pass. Smith was wide open, streaking down the sideline and Berry was able to loft a perfect over-the-shoulder catch. After the Dillon kick it was 14-0 CRHS.
Chapmanville then made it 21-0 with 3:28 to go as Jordan Whitt picked off a Mount View pass and dashed in for a 31-yard touchdown. Dillon’s PAT was again good.
Then with 5:48 left in the third quarter, Dillon scored on a 5-yard TD run as the Tigers increased their lead to 27-0. Dillon’s extra point kick sailed wide right.
In the fourth quarter, Dillon had a 3-yard TD run to make it 33-0. The two-point conversion failed.
With 1:20 left in the game, the Tigers gave Mount View a going away present with Brennan Williams’ 6-yard touchdown run as Chapmanville led 39-0.
Mount View then avoided the shutout with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Steven Brown to Shemar Hairston with only 2.5 seconds left in the game.
Berry was 12-of-14 passing for the game for 130 yards and one touchdown.
Smith had 14 rushes for 63 yards and also had the TD catch.
Jacob Dingess had five catches for 24 yards. His brother Noah Dingess had a catch for nine yards. Billy Sheppard also had a grab for 13 yards.
Williams had two rushes for 20 yards and the TD. Austin Butcher also had a carry for five yards.
On defense, Butcher led the way for the Tigers with six solo tackles, two assists and three sacks.
Timmy Bigley had five solos and four assists, while Ryan Craddock had five tackles and three assisted stops. Andy Bias had five solos, five assists and a sack.
Neace contributed four solos, three assists, a sack and the on-side recovery.
Ricky Combs had three solos, three assists and a sack.
Alex Oxley finished with two solos and two assists, while Ethan Thompson had two solos and one assist. Adam Vance and Dillon each had two tackles. Dillon also punted twice for an average of more than 34 yards per kick.
Whitt and Philip Oxley each had a tackle and two assists. Seth Whitt had a solo tackle and a sack.
Christopher Dillon, Williams, Cade Elkins and Christian Farley all had a solo tackle.
The Tigers recorded seven total QB sacks.
Chapmanville now goes into its bottom-heavy part of its schedule with next week’s game at Man.
Then its back to Cardinal Conference play as the Tigers host Mingo Central (4-1) on Oct. 16, play at Tolsia (6-0) on Oct. 23 and then close out Oct. 30 at Wayne (2-3).
Chapmanville’s remaining opponents have a combined record of 17-4.
Savannah Wiley was crowned at halftime as Miss Chapmanville Regional High School. Dillon was Mr. Chapmanville Regional High School.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Chapmanville 4-0 6-0 253 103
Tolsia 4-0 6-0 226 102
Mingo Central 2-1 4-1 237 99
Herbert Hoover 2-2 3-2 200 130
Wayne 1-2 2-3 169 196
Scott 1-3 2-4 150 214
Sissonville 1-4 1-4 74 139
Poca 0-3 0-6 102 294
Friday, October 2 results:
Chapmanville 39, Mount View 6
Mingo Central 50, Wayne 14
Westside 38, Scott 28
Tolsia 26, Sissonville 0
Herbert Hoover 71, Poca 42
Friday, October 9 games:
Chapmanville at Man, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Scott at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia — BYE WEEK
2015 Chapmanville Regional
High School Football Schedule (6-0):
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), W 39-6
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
(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).