CHAPMANVILLE — One of the Chapmanville Regional High School football team’s top playmakers might be out of Friday night’s showdown game at Man.
Senior wide receiver Jacob Dingess, who injured his shoulder in last week’s 39-6 win at home over Mount View, is listed as “doubtful” by CRHS coach George Barker.
Dingess is “day to day,” according to Barker, and it will be a game-time decision.
“Jacob Dingess has been out for a couple of days so we don’t know,” Barker said on Wednesday morning. “He’s day to day. He’s got some soreness in his shoulder. We’ll found out about his status sometime before gametime. We also have a couple of lineman that are probable. They have some typical football bumps and bruises. Jacob is the one right now who is doubtful. He’s day to day. We’ll see what happens.”
Dingess has snatched 37 passes so far this fall for 613 yards and nine touchdowns and is the top wide receiver in the Cardinal Conference.
If Dingess is unable to play, the Tigers, and quarterback Alex Berry, will look for other targets to throw to.
Dylan Smith, a hybrid running back and wideout, has another 16 catches for 276 yards and two touchdowns this season for the Tigers. Sophomore Noah Dingess, Jacob Dingess’ little brother, has 14 grabs for 211 yards and two scores.
The Tigers also have wideout Billy Sheppard (6 catches, 82 yards, 2 TDs) and Ethan Thompson (2 catches for 11 yards) who can catch the ball.
Bottom heavy schedule
Chapmanville’s schedule is definitely characterized as bottom heavy.
Counting the Billies (5-0), the Tigers’ final four opponents have a combined record of 17-4. The Tigers host Mingo Central (4-1) next week, then travel to Tolsia (6-0) on Oct. 23 before closing out at Wayne (2-3) on Oct. 30.
“That’s just the way that our schedule is,” Barker said. “It could have been the other way around. When you play they just get tougher and tougher as you go. If you manage to get into the postseason they will also get tougher and tougher. We’ll just take what we can get and we’re just happy that we can go play football.”
Chapmanville’s bye week is in Week 11 on Nov. 6.
If the Tigers are able to nail down a playoff berth they will have a bye before their first-round game on either Nov. 13 or 14.
No more ‘Mud Bowls’
Often times in the recent past, field conditions at the Man-Chapmanville game have been an issue.
With the typical October rain, the former grass fields at CRHS and Man were often times muddy and wet.
There were many “Mud Bowls.”
Field conditions won’t be a problem this year with this summer’s installation of Field Turf at the three county football fields at Chapmanville, Man and Logan.
This year will be the first time the Billies and Tigers have played each other on turf.
“Even if it rains we’re going to have a good surface,” Barker said. “That’s good. What’s been good about the turf is that we’ve been able to practice on a decent surface and get something accomplished. A lot of times it will rain all week and you don’t get an opportunity to do anything and you don’t have a decent place to practice. We’re in pretty good shape.”
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 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
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
(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).