CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville and Man high school football teams both have the dreams of running the table and having unbeaten seasons.
After Friday night, though, only one team will still have that chance.
That’s because Chapmanville and Man play each other.
Someone has to lose.
Chapmanville comes into the game 6-0 and ranked No. 4 in this week’s Class AA ratings. Man is 5-0 and were rated No. 1 in the state in Class A for the fourth straight week.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Since both teams beat Logan earlier in the season — Man an 18-13 winner and the Tigers a 43-26 victor — the county championship will also be on the line. It’s also Man’s homecoming game.
The Tigers, just 4-6 last year, have made a huge turnaround this season and have already surpassed last year’s win total.
“We’re just happy to be here,” Chapmanville coach George Barker said about the magnitude of the game. “As far as we’re concerned our playoffs begin this week. We’ve got nothing but tough opponents ahead of us. The first one happens to be the Man Hillbillies. We’ll take them one at a time. We’re tickled to death just to be in this situation. It couldn’t be a whole lot better. We’ll take we we’ve got.”
Since the county series resumed in 2000, Chapmanville leads Man 8-7. The Tigers have won eight out of the last nine meetings after Man won the first six from 2000-05.
Going back to previous decades, especially in the Tootie Carter era, which spanned 1969-98, the Hillbillies dominated the series with Chapmanville.
Coach Barker said the two teams met back in the 1980s when both were undefeated.
“About 30 years ago we were in a similar situation and we were playing Man. Both teams were undefeated,” Barker said. “It happened to be down here. We had a great game on a Saturday afternoon. I wouldn’t think there will be anything less than a great game on Friday night.”
Man, in the Coach Harvey Arms era, has traditionally been a power I-formation team with big physical backs.
Man just wears you down and then beats you into submission.
In the last few years that has changed some as the Billies have had a more balanced attack with the emergence of quarterback John Thomas Keffer, who has a strong arm and a firm command of Man’s varied offensive scheme.
Keffer, a senior and four-year starter, has completed 53-of-79 passes this season for 787 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
Keffer’s favorite target is Ross Osborne with 31 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns.
The Billies still, however, love to establish the run behind their big, physical linemen.
So far this season, Jace Duba leads Man’s balanced rushing attack 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, also a threat to tuck and run, has gained 117 yards and has seven TDs.
“They have a solid football team,” Barker said of Man. “They’re not much different than they have been in the last three or four years. They are good on both sides of the ball. They have a good mix of run and pass offensively. They can also stop the run and the pass defensively. So that makes for a pretty good mix. Typical Man football is always physically tough and mistake free. Turnovers in a game like this become huge. We’ve just got to play the best that we can play and hope that’s good enough to beat them.”
On defense, Tyler Blair leads Man 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.
Alex Berry, the Tigers’ three-year senior starter at QB, has been outstanding this season as he has completed 75-of-115 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 Jacob Dingess, who has reeled in 37 passes so far this fall for 613 yards and nine touchdowns.
Tanner Dillon leads Chapmanville’s rushing attack with 115 rushes for 619 yards and 10 TDs.
Dylan Smith has another 322 yards on the ground on 37 attempts on four scores. Nine other Tigers have carried the ball this season.
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.
INTERNET STREAM: www.manhillbillies.tv., www.chapmanvilletigers.tv
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, Chapmanville 8
2001: Man 13, Chapmanville 12
2000: Man 38, Chapmanville 19
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).