Noah Dingess is emerging as a big-play threat at wide receiver for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team.
Dingess, a sophomore, caught the winning 28-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Alex Berry in last week’s 35-28 win at Man.
The Tigers, 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Cardinal Conference, have a gigantic showdown with Mingo Central (5-1, 3-1) on Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Chapmanville is ranked No. 5 in the state this week in Class AA, while the Miners are No. 8.
Dingess, the younger brother of Chapmanville senior wideout Jacob Dingess, has 16 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
The older Dingess has a conference-leading 46 catches for 757 yards and 11 TDs.
CRHS coach George Barker said having another option for Berry to throw to only makes Chapmanville’s offense even better. The Tigers also have Dylan Smith (19 catches for 342 yards and 3 TDs) and Billy Sheppard (eight catches for 111 yards and 2 TDs).
“I think what Noah has done is that he’s worked his way into the favor of the coaches and his quarterback,” Barker said. “He’s going to give you 100 percent on every play. When you watch him play he gives you is best on every play. That’s all that we can ask for. He runs good routes and when he gets the opportunity he catches the football. He’s got good speed and great hands and he’s a great athlete. He’s also got that great eye-hand coordination that it takes for him to be a great baseball player too.”
Barker expects Noah Dingess to be an even bigger part of the Tigers’ offense in the years to come with two whole seasons left.
“Just more to come if he keeps working and keeps getting better,” Barker said.
Tonight’s game with the Miners has been named as this week’s Northside Automotive/Metro News Class AA Game of the Week.
One of the battles in Friday night’s showdown will be Chapmanville’s high-octane offense against Mingo Central’s defense.
The Tigers have put up 288 points this season while the Miners have given up only 115.
“They have some talented kids and a great coach,” Mingo Central assistant coach Joey Fields told the Williamson Daily News. “They execute the spread offense very well and have great speed out of the backfield. Their no huddle offense leaves no secrets. They show us what they are going to do and then it’s our job to stop it.”
The Miners plan on putting pressure on Tigers’ QB Alex Berry.
“Our goal is to create as much pressure as we can on the quarterback and force him to make quick decisions. We will have to be there on open field tackles and not give them anything,” Fields said.
CRHS and Mingo Central have similar playing styles.
“This is a big game for us as far as playoffs and conference standings go,” Fields said. These two offensive powerhouses will be sure to make the game exciting. The fact remains the team with the most points at end wins.”
Other than playoff implications there will also be Cardinal Conference championship ramifications.
A win by the Tigers and Chapmanville would have a showdown next week at Tolsia which could be for the title. If Mingo Central wins, the Miners will still at least have a shot at getting a share of the title.
Tonight’s Chapmanville-Mingo Central game will also be Senior Night for the Tigers.
The two middle school feeder programs at Chapmanville Middle School and Harts Middle School will also be honored at the game.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Chapmanville 4-0 7-0 288 131
Tolsia 4-0 6-0 226 102
Mingo Central 3-1 5-1 308 115
Herbert Hoover 3-2 4-2 237 150
Wayne 2-2 3-3 227 208
Scott 1-3 2-4 162 272
Sissonville 1-5 1-5 94 176
Poca 0-4 0-7 118 365
Friday, October 16 games:
Mingo Central at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Clay County at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Poca — BYE WEEK
Friday, October 9 results:
Chapmanville 35, Man 28
Mingo Central 71, Poca 16
Wayne 58, Scott 12
Herbert Hoover 37, Sissonville 20
Tolsia — 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).