GLENHAYES — They didn’t roll the basketballs out early.
The score only seemed that way.
The No. 2-ranked Tolsia Rebels put the full court press, er, full field press on the No. 7 Chapmanville Regional High School football team by blitzing the Tigers in a 76-45 shootout on Friday night at the Tolsia High School football field at Glenhayes.
Chapmanville dropped its second straight game and fell to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Cardinal Conference.
The Rebels all but assured themselves of the Cardinal Conference championship outright with the win and improved to 8-0. 6-0.
With a non-conference game at Boyd County (Ky.) next week and its season finale home game on Nov. 6 against winless Poca, Tolsia’s dreams of finishing off an undefeated 10-0 season look very real.
For the Tigers, it was another damaging loss.
Chapmanville, which was handed its first defeat of the season last week at home to Mingo Central, 69-21, will most likely need a win at Wayne (4-4) next week in the regular season finale in order to lock down a first round home playoff game.
After a solid start to the season, the Chapmanville defense has now given up a whopping 145 points in the last two games after surrendering just 131 points in the previous seven contests.
The Tigers had no answer for Tolsia’s Luke Presley, who accounted for more than 300 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns.
It was the highest scoring Chapmanville game since a 69-66 win at home over the Poca Dots in 2010.
With the win, Tolsia proved it is, without a doubt, the real deal as the Rebels now own wins over Mingo Central and now Chapmanville and are looking to run the table and make a deep playoff run.
Despite the loss, several Tigers had huge games.
Senior wide receiver Jacob Dingess had 11 catches for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The 11 grabs broke the single-game school record of 10 set by Brady Cox just a few seasons ago. He’s now got 1,094 receiving yards for the season and leads the conference by a wide margin.
Tigers’ QB Alex Berry, the leading passer in the Cardinal Conference, was 21-of-30 passing for 338 yards with four TDs and one interception.
Chapmanville running back Tanner Dillon had 12 carries for 66 yards and kicked a field goal.
Chapmanville led 27-21 after one quarter of play, then fell behind 44-30 at the half as the Rebels outscored the Tigers 23-3.
Tolsia then led 62-45 after three and put the Tigers away in the fourth.
The Rebels struck first at the 10:27 mark of the opening quarter as Presley ran in from 37 yards out and then ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Just 17 second later, Berry fired a 57-yard TD pass to Dingess. After the Dillon extra point kick it was 8-7.
Then at the 6:46 mark of the first quarter, Tolsia’s Seth McMillion scored on a 12-yard run. Jennings Holland tacked on the two-point conversion as Tolsia led 16-7.
Chapmanville’s Ethan Thompson then recovered a Tolsia fumble in the end zone for a touchdown at the 4:42 mark. Dillon’s kick was good and CRHS trailed 16-14.
The Tigers then took its first lead of the night with 4:23 to go in the first quarter as Berry tossed a 28-yard strike to Dingess. Following Dillon’s kick the Tigers led 21-16.
Then at the 3:11 mark, Presley scored from 27 yards out as Tolsia regained the lead at 23-21.
Chapmanville responded with Berry’s 32-yard TD pass to Dingess still with 1:31 to go in the opening quarter. The two-point conversion failed but the Tigers led 27-23.
Presley then scored on a 40-yard touchdown at the 11:52 mark of the second quarter. Presley added the conversion run and Tolsia led 31-27.
Chapmanville got to within 31-30 with 9:24 left until halftime with Dillon’s 28-yard field goal — his third of the season.
Tolsia then took the lead for good with 6:16 to go until the intermission with McMillion’s 1-yard QB keeper.
Presley’s 6-yard TD run with only 33 ticks to go, put the Rebels on top 44-30 at halftime.
The offensive onslaught only continued in the second half.
Berry found Dylan Smith on a 40-yard touchdown pass at the 7:59 mark of the third quarter. And after Dillon’s point after kick the Tigers were down just 44-37.
Presley then scored another touchdown — this one on a 70-yard run — with 7:45 to go. Holland tacked on the two-point conversion and Tolsia led 52-37.
Berry answered with a 5-yard score and then ran in the two-point conversion as Chapmanville trailed just 52-45 in the basketball, er, football game.
McMillion then put some space between the Tigers and the Rebels with a 54-yard TD run. After the Holland conversion run it was 60-45 with 1:51 to go still in the third quarter.
Presley then added another touchdown — his sixth of the night — on a 41-yard run with 3:21 left in the game. The PAT run by McMillion was good as Tolsia led 68-45.
Holland scored once more for the Rebels with 1:54 left on a 30-yard TD run. He then added the conversion run as Tolsia handed the Tigers the 76-45 defeat.
Noah Dingess added three catches for 19 yards for the Tigers. Smith had three grabs for 54 yards and the score. He also rushed three times for 10 yards.
Brennan Williams had two carries for 20 yards. Thompson had two carries for four yards and a catch.
Billy Sheppard reeled in three passes for 24 yards. Jacob Dingess had a carry for seven yards in addition to his 241 receiving yards.
Tyler Barcklay had one rush for two yards.
On defense, Ryan Craddock had nine solo tackles and five assists to lead Chapmanville.
Smith had seven solos and one assist, while Andy Bias had six solos and four assists. Austin Butcher contributed five solos, two assists and an on-side kick recovery.
Timmy Bigley had five solos and three assists. Adam Vance had four solos and one assisted stop, while Ricky Combs and Alex Oxley each had three solos and two assists. Phillip Oxley had three solos and one assist. Ethan Neace had three tackles and two assists.
Thompson and Blake Dalton each had two solos and one assist, while Sheppard and Dillon had two solos apiece. Jordan Whitt and Evan Willis each had one solo and one assist.
Noah Dingess also had a tackle.
Tolsia was penalized 15 times for 125 yards. CRHS had 10 yellow hankies for 86 yards.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Tolsia 6-0 8-0 346 163
Mingo Central 5-1 7-1 439 148
Chapmanville 4-2 7-2 354 276
Herbert Hoover 4-2 6-2 310 179
Wayne 3-3 4-4 289 264
Sissonville 1-5 3-5 171 189
Scott 1-5 2-6 190 368
Poca 0-5 0-8 138 519
Friday, October 23 games:
Sissonville 56, Logan 0
Tolsia 76, Chapmanville 45
Mingo Central 62, Scott 12
Wayne 54, Poca 20
Herbert Hoover 37, Roane County 21
Friday, October 30 games:
Chapmanville at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Boyd County (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Scott — BYE WEEK
Sissonville — BYE WEEK
Friday, November 6 games:
Scott at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Bluefield, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Braxton County, 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville — BYE WEEK
2015 Chapmanville Regional
High School Football Schedule (7-2):
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, W 35-28
Oct. 16: Mingo Central, L 21-69
Oct. 23: at Tolsia, L 45-76
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).