CHAPMANVILLE — Another week and another big game for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team.
The Tigers (7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Cardinal Conference), ranked No. 7 in the state in this week’s Class AA WVSSAC Computer Ratings, were brought back down to earth some last week with a 69-21 thrashing at the hands of Mingo Central at Tiger Stadium.
Chapmanville doesn’t have time to dwell on last week’s game.
No time at all.
That’s because the Tigers have another tough one this Friday night as Chapmanville hits the road to Glenhayes to take on the No. 2-ranked Tolsia Rebels (7-0, 5-0) at the Tolsia High School football field.
Tolsia, having its best season in years and having dreams of running the table with an unblemished 10-0 grid campaign, won 34-16 last week over Scott.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“They are a pretty good football team,” Chapmanville coach George Barker said. “They are real good in the skilled positions. It’s just another tough matchup for us but it’s that time of the year for the playoffs. Our playoffs started last week.”
The bottom-heavy schedule continues for Chapmanville, which is set to close out the regular season on Oct. 30 at Wayne before observing a bye week on Nov. 6 before the start of the playoffs on Nov. 13.
Both the Tigers and Rebels are shoo-ins to advance to the post-season but are jockeying for homefield advantage and the best possible seeding.
Two more wins would certainly get Chapmanville there.
Even a split in the final two could do it.
The Tigers aren’t thinking about that, however.
The focus is on the Tolsia Rebels, a vastly improved team, which made headlines way back in the season opener with its shocking 49-34 upset of defending Cardinal champ Wayne.
For the Rebels, it was the first time Tolsia had beat the Pioneers in more than a decade. The two teams had met in the 2006 Class AA state championship game with Wayne coming out on top at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Since beating Wayne, the Rebels have never really let up, following that up with wins over Mingo Central (44-41), Fairland, Ohio (44-6), Herbert Hoover (32-7), Tug Valley (31-14), Sissonville (26-0) and Scott last week.
Tolsia, 4-6 last year just like the Tigers, have turned the Cardinal Conference on its head and currently sit in first place in the standings ahead of Chapmanville and Mingo Central which are in a second-place tie.
“I like our matchup against Tolsia a little bit better than we did against Mingo so we’ll just see what happens,” Barker said.
Tolsia is led by senior running back Luke Presley, who rushed for 211 yards on just 11 carries and three touchdowns in last week’s win over the Scott Skyhawks. Presley also fired a 60-yard TD pass to Jordan Johnson to give the Rebels a 20-0 lead.
Seth McMillion is the Tolsia quarterback and leads the Rebels’ triple-option offense. Jennings Holland, a fullback, is another top Tolsia player.
McMillion had 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the Wayne game. Presley had 131 yards rushing and three TDs.
“I don’t think it’s a triple-option that they run it’s a quadruple offense,” Barker quipped. “They have more options than three. They do an excellent job with it. They are hard to guard. They are undefeated for a reason. They have some good football players.”
Barker said you never know what Tolsia will throw at you.
“Yes, they are unpredictable on offense and they are unpredictable on defense, too,” he said. “That’s what makes them so good. They are the kind of team that just plays the game well. They have a good group of kids and their coaches and kids have meshed with a good philosophy to what they are doing. That makes for a good football team.”
After taking on Chapmanville, Tolsia will be heavily favored in its final two games — Oct. 30 at Boyd County (Ky.) and Nov. 6 at home against the winless Poca Dots.
Chapmanville was pounded last week by Mingo Central, which outgained the Tigers 717-222 in yards of total offense, including a 514-60 margin in rushing yards.
CRHS quarterback Alex Berry was 14-of-23 passing for 166 yards with one TD and one interception last week. He was sacked several times by the Miners.
Jacob Dingess reeled in eight passes for 96 yards, while his younger brother Noah Dingess had three catches for 26 yards.
Tanner Dillon had 18 carries for 69 yards and a score.
Dillon led the Chapmanville defense with nine solo tackles and two assists. Timmy Bigley had seven solos and four assists.
On the season, Berry has completed 104-for-161 (64.6 percent) of his passes for 1,586 yards with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Dillon has 154 rushes for 761 (4.9 yards per carry) yards and 12 TDs. Dylan Smith has 42 carries for 340 yards and four scores.
Jacob Dingess has 54 catches for 853 yards (15.8 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns. Smith has another 20 grabs for 372 yards and four TDs, while Noah Dingess has 19 catches for 274 yards and four scores.
Bigley leads the Chapmanville defense with 76 total tackles (53 solos and 23 assists) with a sack and a fumble recovery.
Ryan Craddock has 71 total stops, while Austin Butcher has 68 total tackles, three sacks, a blocked kick and a forced fumble.
Andy Bias has contributed 58 total tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Ricky Combs has 55 tackles and a trio of sacks.
Ethan Neace checks in with 50 total tackles, three sacks, a pair of fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Alex Oxley has 39 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery, while Jordan Whitt has 34 tackles and Dillon 36 with a sack.
Dillon is 35-of-39 in point after kicks and is 2-for-3 in field goals. Dillon, also the Chapmanville punter, handles all of the kicking duties for the Tigers and is also averaging 34.4 yards per boot.
Over the last 10 years, Chapmanville is 4-4 against Tolsia.
The Rebels won last year’s meeting, 31-20, at Chapmanville.
Chapmanville played Tolsia in the Class AA playoffs in the late 1990s and lost to the Rebels.
Football Friday night
WHAT: No. 7 Chapmanville (7-1, 4-1) at No. 2 Tolsia (7-0, 5-0).
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tolsia High School football field, Glenhayes, W.Va.
SURFACE: Natural grass
LAST WEEK: Chapmanville lost 69-21 to Mingo Central … Tolsia won 34-16 over Scott.
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Chapmanville vs. Tolsia
Football Series Last 10 years
(Series tied 4-4)
2014: Tolsia 31, Chapmanville 20
2013: Chapmanville 34, Tolsia 20
2012: Tolsia 40, Chapmanville 32
2011: Chapmanville 49, Tolsia 20
2010: Chapmanville 59, Tolsia 12
2009: Chapmanville 33, Tolsia 16
2005: Tolsia 27, Chapmanville 0
2004: Tolsia 27, Chapmanville 0
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Tolsia 5-0 7-0 260 118
Mingo Central 4-1 6-1 377 136
Chapmanville 4-1 7-1 309 200
Herbert Hoover 4-2 5-2 273 158
Wayne 2-3 3-4 235 244
Scott 1-4 2-5 178 306
Sissonville 1-5 2-5 115 189
Poca 0-4 0-7 118 365
Friday, October 23 games:
Logan at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Scott at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Roane County at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 16 results:
Mingo Central 69, Chapmanville 21
Tolsia 34, Scott 16
Herbert Hoover 36, Wayne 8
Sissonville 21, Clay County 13
Poca — 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).