CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School football team hasn’t hosted a home playoff game since 2008.
The Tigers would like the change that.
Chapmanville, though, will need to beat Wayne on Friday night and then get a lot of help in next week’s bye week if the Tigers are able to slide into the No. 8 spot.
The Tigers, 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Cardinal Conference, currently sit at No. 9 in this week’s Class AA ratings heading into the game with Wayne (4-4, 3-3).
Chapmanville has already locked up its first trip to the Class AA playoffs since 2011 when the Tigers advanced all the way to the state semifinals before bowing out 33-13 at Point Pleasant.
With a win over Wayne on Friday and some bonus point help next week, one playoff prognostication has Chapmanville getting the No. 8 spot with 10.10 points and hosting Lincoln in a first-round game.
However, another projection has Chapmanville finishing ninth and having to travel to the far off eastern panhandle to take on No. 8 Keyser.
Even with a loss to Wayne on Friday, Chapmanville is in the post-season but would most definitely have to play on the road in a first-round playoff game.
The Tigers’ home playoff hopes, however, were damaged the last two weeks with Chapmanville’s losses to Mingo Central (69-21) and at Tolsia (76-45).
Chapmanville has already nailed down its first winning season since 2011. The Tigers were 4-6, 5-5 and 4-6 in the last three grid campaigns.
Four Cardinal Conference teams — Tolsia (8-0), Mingo Central (7-1), Chapmanville and Herbert Hoover (6-2) are headed to the playoffs.
A fifth team, Wayne, also has a shot but the Pioneers would have to beat Chapmanville at home and then beat Bluefield on the road next week in the finale. That would put the Pioneers at No. 15 and 6-4 and that could put Wayne into a possible first-round game at county rival Tolsia — the same Tolsia Rebel team that beat Wayne 49-34 in the season opener at Pioneer Field.
The playoff picture will become much clearer late on Friday night.
“To have a chance for a home playoff game we’ve got to have a win,” Chapmanville coach George Barker said. “If that’s a possibility, we need a win. I’ll leave all of the predicting to everybody else. We’ll just take what we can get and we will fall where we fall and we’ll play who we play. When you get into that tournament of 16 teams there will be 16 good teams and you’ll have to be ready to play.”
Barker said the Tigers must step up.
“The last two weeks and this week are playoff caliber,” he said. “We just have to be ready to play. We have to get both sides of the ball on track.”
The Tigers first made it to the playoffs in 2007 under Barker as the Tigers won 18-14 over the Keyser Golden Tornado in a game played at Frankfort High School in the eastern panhandle. CRHS then lost 41-18 at Bluefield in the quarterfinals to finish 8-4.
The next year in 2008, Chapmanville got a home playoff game but lost 33-0 at home to James Monroe to close out with an 8-3 record.
Then in 2009, the Tigers advanced to the post-season but lost in a 48-41 shootout at Sherman to finish at 6-5.
In 2010, Chapmanville was 8-4, winning 30-14 over Pikeview in an opening round playoff game at Princeton before falling 56-14 at Magnolia.
The 2011 season produced a pair of Class AA playoff victories — 26-7 at Lincoln and 20-14 at Braxton County before the loss to Point Pleasant in the semifinals.
Coach Barker has a 4-5 record in the playoffs with the Tigers since coming back to the program in 2004.
Chapmanville senior wide receiver Jacob Dingess might just have broken a bunch of school records this fall including: Most catches in season and career; Most receiving yardage in game, a season and a career; and most receiving touchdowns in a game, a season and a career.
Dingess has 14 touchdown catches this season and that’s believed to break the record of nine set by Brady Cox.
Career touchdown catches, season catches and career catches are other records believed to be broken by Dingess.
For the season, Dingess has 65 catches for 1,094 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Chapmanville quarterback Alex Berry is also believed to have broken some records, too.
Berry’s six TD passes in a game earlier in the season broke the old record of five set by J.J. Abbott and Mike Elkins.
He also broke the career passing yardage mark set a few years ago by Josh Easterling. Career completions and career TDs are other records believed to be broken by Berry as well as career and season completions, yardage in a season and TD passes in a season.
On the season, Berry has completed 125-of-191 passes (65.4 percent) for 1,924 yards with 25 touchdowns and five picks.
Tanner Dillon’s three made field goals this season is also believed to be a Chapmanville football record.
“We’re still checking on all of this,” CRHS assistant coach Bo Berry said in a Tweet. “Tanner may have the kicking record for field goals too. We’ve got to verify.”
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 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
END OF REGULAR SEASON
Friday, October 23 results:
Sissonville 56, Logan 0
Tolsia 76, Chapmanville 45
Mingo Central 62, Scott 12
Wayne 54, Poca 20
Herbert Hoover 37, Roane County 21
(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).