MAN — There will be no superlative adjectives needed to describe Friday night’s high school football game between Man and Chapmanville at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
It’s a simple as this.
It’s the battle of the unbeatens.
It’s for the bragging rights.
And since both Man and Chapmanville already own wins this season over Logan, it’s also for the county championship.
There won’t be a lot of gray area on Friday night when Class AA No. 4 and undefeated Chapmanville Regional (6-0) heads to play at Class A No. 1 and unbeaten Man (5-0).
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s matchup has tons of storylines.
One will be the classic “irresistible force” against the immovable object.”
Man’s defense has been very strong all season, only allowing 49 total points including a shutout and two other games in which the Hillbillies have only surrendered a single touchdown.
The Billies’ “immovable object” will be put the test against Chapmanville’s “irresistible force” offense, led by quarterback Alex Berry, wide receiver Jacob Dingess, running back Tanner Dillon and others. The Tigers’ high powered offense has put up 253 points. Chapmanville’s defense has been pretty surprising as well, yielding just 103 points.
Chapmanville leads the series with Man 8-7 since 2000 when the two teams started playing each other again on a yearly basis. The Tigers won last year’s game in a 26-20 double-overtime classic at Tiger Stadium and have taken eight out of the last nine meetings.
It might be another classic this year.
Man coach Harvey Arms is not downplaying how big Friday night’s clash will be. Playoff points and positioning will also be at stake as both the Tigers and Hillbillies are hoping to nail down homefield advantage for the post-season.
Also for the winner of this week’s showdown the dreams of running the table and going 10-0 in the regular season will still be alive.
Oh, and it’s also Man’s homecoming game.
Is that enough?
“For ratings points this game is big for both of us,” Arms said. “For us, it’s also a homecoming game. Plus, we are coming off a real good game last year when it went to double overtime. There’s a lot of reasons to really want to play well this week. A lot of people are really looking forward to the game. Hopefully, we’ll get some good weather for it and have a good Friday night.”
Berry, the Tigers’ three-year senior starter at QB, has been outstanding this season as he has completed 75-of-115 (65.2 percent) passes for 1,206 yards with 16 touchdowns and three interceptions. He led the Tigers to last week’s rain-soaked 39-6 homecoming win over Mount View. The Billies were idle.
Berry’s favorite target is Dingess, who has snatched 37 passes so far this fall for 613 yards and nine touchdowns. Dylan Smith has another 16 catches for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Noah Dingess has 14 grabs for 211 yards and two scores.
Dillon has 115 rushes for 619 yards and 10 TDs.
“They are a good team. They are good all-around,” Arms said of the Tigers. “At this point of the season and with the schedule that they play they are 6-0 for a reason. They are a good football team. They are good all around and they have a good offense, defense and special teams.”
Man is led by senior quarterback and four-year starter John Thomas Keffer, who has completed 53-of-79 (67.1 percent) passes for 787 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
Jace Duba is Man’s leading ground gainer with 90 rushes for 505 yards and four touchdowns. Dustin McCoy has another 339 yards on the ground on 46 carries and one TD. Keffer has gained 117 yards and has reached the end zone seven times.
Ross Osborne is Man’s leading receiver with 31 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns.
On defense, Tyler Blair leads Man’s balanced defense with 29 tackles and a sack. Tanner Bailey has 27 stops, an interception and a fumble recovery. Richie Nelson has 22 tackles and three picks.
Duba and Christian McCoy each have 21 tackles and two sacks. Matt Sanders has 19 tackles. Sanders also has 13 catches for 158 yards and three TDs on the offensive side of the ball.
“Our defense has played well but it’s always our aim to play better each week,” Arms said. “We’re hoping to be better this week than we were in the past.”
Ryan Craddock is Chapmanville’s leading tackler with 55 total stops. Austin Butcher has 53 tackles, three sacks and a blocked kick. Timmy Bigley has 51 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Andy Bias checks in with 42 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries. Ricky Combs has 39 tackles and two sacks going into the game. Ethan Neace has 34 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and an on-side kick recovery.
Coach Arms reports no major injuries heading into the game.
“We’re good. We had last week off and that gave us a little time to kind of get over the soreness and normal beats and bangs of football,” he said. “At this point we’re in good shape.”
Man expects a big crowd to be on hand, possibly standing-room only.
“I believe that we’ll have a full stadium but I don’t know about the numbers,” he said.
Man is ranked No. 4 in this week’s media poll. The Tigers are No. 5 in Class AA.
— Chapmanville coach George Barker will comment on this week’s CRHS-Man game in Thursday’s Logan Banner sports.
Football Friday night
WHAT: Class AA No. 4 Chapmanville (6-0) at Class A No. 1 Man (5-0)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: George A. Queen Memorial Field, Man, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Chapmanville won 39-6 over Mount View … Man was idle.
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Man vs. Chapmanville
Since 2000 (Chapmanville leads 8-7)
2014: Chapmanville 26, Man 20 (2OT)
2013: Man 26, Chapmanville 22
2012: Chapmanville 20, Man 0
2011: Chapmanville 61, Man 14
2010: Chapmanville 55, Man 26
2009: Chapmanville 16, Man 14
2008: Chapmanville 21, Man 3
2007: Chapmanville 40, Man 12
2006: Chapmanville 8, Man 0
2005: Man 28, Chapmanville 14
2004: Man 48, Chapmanville 20
2003: Man 20, Chapmanville 12
2002: Man 12, Man 8
2001: Man 13, Chapmanville 12
2000: Man 38, Chapmanville 19
2015 Man High School
Football Schedule (5-0):
Aug. 28: Logan, W 18-13
Sept. 4: at Mount View, W 48-6
Sept. 11: at Westside, W 27-24
Sept. 18: River View (Hall of Fame Game), W 54-0
Sept. 25: at Fayetteville, W 26-6
Oct. 2: Bye week
Oct. 9: Chapmanville (Homecoming), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16: at Sherman, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: Pocahontas County, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30: at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6: Van, 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).