It’s great when a team can control its own destiny.
But unfortunately for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team they do not.
The Tigers closed out the regular season last week at 7-3 with a 54-35 loss at Wayne.
Chapmanville, ranked No. 9 in the Class AA WVSSAC Ratings this week, are off this Friday night and are waiting on its playoff fate.
The Tigers will most likely finish ninth or lower, which will mean a first-round road game in the playoffs.
There’s still a chance Chapmanville could land the No. 8 spot and get an opening round home game but a lot of things will have to happen in order for that to take place.
Chapmanville will be limping into the playoffs nonetheless.
After a 7-0 start, the Tigers have dropped three straight games with losses to Mingo Central (69-21), Tolsia (76-45) and Wayne last week.
While Chapmanville’s offense has been putting up Big 12 Conference kind of numbers, the Tigers’ defense has been suspect at best.
That’s not a good sign as the Tigers head into the playoffs for the first time in four years.
In the Class AA ratings this week, Bridgeport (8-0-1) remains in first place with 14.39 points. The Bluefield Beavers (7-1) are second with 12.63 points. Tolsia (8-1) is third, Fairmont (7-2) is fourth, Mingo Central (8-1) fifth, James Monroe (7-2) sixth, Keyser (7-2) seventh, Lincoln (7-2) eighth, Chapmanville ninth, Summers County (7-2) 10th, Robert C. Byrd (6-3) 11th, Weir (7-3) 12th, Herbert Hoover (6-3) 13th, Roane County (6-3) and Liberty Raleigh are tied for 14th and Westside (6-3) is 16th.
In order for the Tigers to get the No. 8 spot and a home playoff game, Chapmanville would need No. 8 Lincoln to lose to North Marion on Friday night. No. 10 Summers County and No. 11 RCB would also likely have to lose its games.
Chapmanville would also have to rack up some bonus points.
One projection by an on-line prognosticator has Chapmanville finishing 10th and playing a first-round playoff game at No. 7 James Monroe.
The official rankings will be known sometime on Saturday or Sunday.
The lower seeded team has the option of playing the game on Friday night or Saturday afternoon. That is usually determined by distance between the two schools and venue availability.
In Cardinal Conference action on Friday night, No. 3-ranked Tolsia (8-1, 6-0) can wrap up the league title with a victory at home over last place Poca (0-9, 0-6). Even with Tolsia’s upset loss to Boyd County (Ky.) last week, that’s pretty much a formality.
Mingo Central (8-1, 6-1), the second place team in the Cardinal, has a non-conference game at Westside. The Miners are hoping to lock down a home playoff game.
Wayne (5-4, 4-3) plays at Bluefield in a non-league affair on Friday night. The Pioneers need an upset win over the Beavers in order to sneak into the top 16 and grab a playoff berth.
Playoff-bound Herbert Hoover (6-3, 4-3) has a non-conference game on Friday at 3A also-ran Lincoln County.
Scott (2-7, 1-6) closes out the season Friday at 3A Logan.
Sissonville (4-5, 2-5) also finishes its season with a non-conference game on Friday night at Braxton County.
Chapmanville, Herbert Hoover and Wayne will finish the season in a three-way tie for third place in the league standings.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Tolsia 6-0 8-1 378 197
Mingo Central 6-1 8-1 480 154
Chapmanville 4-3 7-3 389 330
Herbert Hoover 4-3 6-3 316 220
Wayne 4-3 5-4 289 264
Sissonville 2-5 4-5 240 201
Scott 1-6 2-7 190 368
Poca 0-6 0-9 150 531
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 30 games:
Wayne 54, Chapmanville 35
Mingo Central 41, Herbert Hoover 6
Boyd County (Ky.) 34, Tolsia 32
Sissonville 69, Poca 12
Scott — BYE WEEK
Sissonville — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).