Just as expected, the Chapmanville Regional High School football team will host Robert C. Byrd in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.
The game has been set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Chapmanville (7-3), which was off on Friday night, slipped into the No. 8 spot and gained homefield advantage for the Class AA playoff opener when it looked like the Tigers would have to hit the road after CRHS lost its last three games.
RCB (7-3) is the No. 9 seed.
Since the Eagles were the lower-seeded team, they had the option of playing the game on Friday night, Saturday afternoon or Saturday night.
Chapmanville started off the season 7-0 after defeating Man in a 35-28 thriller on the road. The Tigers have since lost three straight in defeats to Mingo Central (69-21), Tolsia (76-45) and Wayne (54-35) two weeks ago.
RCB comes into the game on a three-game winning streak. The Eagles won 42-6 at Philip Barbour on Friday night and also prevailed over North Marion (56-26) on Oct. 23 and beat playoff-bound Lincoln (35-14) on Oct. 30.
The Eagles have a very dynamic offense, led by running back Juwan Jones-Wright, who rushed for 377 yards on just 23 carries and scored four touchdowns in the win over North Marion as he set the school’s single game rushing mark.
In the Lincoln game, Jones-Wright had 202 yards on the ground on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Robert C. Byrd’s quarterback is Julian Marino, who completed 8-of-14 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Philip Barbour.
The Eagles opened the season with a 24-13 loss at Fairmont, then rebounded in Week 2 with a 51-7 win at Liberty Harrison. RCB then won 41-14 at home over Frankfort on Sept. 11, then lost 48-21 at home to No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Bridgeport.
Week 5 on Sept. 25 produced a 42-0 victory at home over Grafton. RCB then won 48-24 on Oct. 9 at East Fairmont, before losing the following week at Keyser, 35-21.
Chapmanville is hosting a home playoff game for the first time since 2008 when the Tigers were blanked 33-0 by James Monroe.
The Tigers are making their first trip to the playoffs in four years. In 2011, Chapmanville advanced all the way to the Class AA state semifinals before falling 33-13 at Point Pleasant.
Chapmanville is 4-5 in the playoffs under head coach George Barker, now in his 12th season.
No. 7 Mingo Central (8-2) is scheduled to host No. 10 Summers County (8-2) on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.
In the Class A playoff pairings, No. 5 seed Man (8-2) is scheduled to host No. 12 Tug Valley (7-3) on Friday night at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
For Man, it’s the third straight trip to the playoffs in as many years.
The Hillbillies and the Panthers met in last year’s Single-A playoffs with Tug Valley coming out on top 16-12 in a game played at neutral Mingo Central.
Man and Tug Valley played each other just two weeks ago at Naugatuck as the Hillbillies won a 14-12 overtime thriller over the Panthers.
Tug Valley dominated the game statistically but the Man defense was able to tighten in the red zone, thwarting several scoring opportunities by the Panther offense.
Man scored the game-winning touchdown with a 19-yard pass in OT from quarterback John Thomas Keffer to Ross Osborne. Keffer then ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-6.
Tug Valley then scored a touchdown on its overtime possession but was stopped short on the potential game-tying two-point conversion.
Van (7-3) drew the No. 16 seed in Class A and will have to travel to play at No. 1-ranked Magnolia (10-0) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Class A playoff pairings
Friday, November 13 games
No. 11 St. Marys (8-2) at No. 6 Buffalo (10-0), 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 Tug Valley (7-3) at No. 5 Man (8-2), 7:30 p.m.
No. 13 Meadow Bridge (7-3) at No. 4 Moorefield (9-1), 7:30 p.m.
No. 14 Valley (Wetzel) (7-3) at No. 3 South Harrison (9-1), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 games
No. 15 Bishop Donahue (7-3) at No. 2 East Hardy (9-1), 1:30 p.m.
No. 16 Van (7-3) at No. 1 Magnolia (10-0), 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Pendleton County (7-3) at No. 7 Wheeling Central (9-1), 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 Pocahontas County (8-2) at No. 8 Williamstown (8-2), 1:30 p.m.
Class AA playoff pairings
Friday, November 13 games
No. 16 Independence (7-3) at No. 1 Bridgeport (9-0-1), 7:30 p.m.
No. 14 Liberty (Raleigh) (7-3) at No. 3 Tolsia (9-1), 7:30 p.m.
No. 13 Lincoln (7-3) at No. 4 Fairmont Senior (8-2), 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Herbert Hoover (7-3) at No. 6 James Monroe (8-2), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 games
No. 15 Weir (7-3) at No. 2 Bluefield (8-1), 1:30 p.m.
No. 12 Westside (7-3) at No. 5 Keyser (8-2), 1:30 p.m.
No. 10 Summers County (8-2) at No. 7 Mingo Central (8-2), 1:30 p.m.
No. 9 Robert C. Byrd (7-3) at No. 8 Chapmanville (7-3), 1:30 p.m.
Class AAA playoff pairings
Friday, Nov. 13 games
No. 16 Princeton (5-5) at No. 1 Cabell Midland (10-0), 7:30 p.m.
No. 15 Musselman (6-4) at No. 2 Point Pleasant (10-0), 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 Greenbrier East (7-3) at No. 5 Martinsburg (7-2), 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 George Washington (7-3) at No. 7 Huntington (8-2), 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 Brooke (7-3) at No. 8 Morgantown (8-2), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14 games
No. 13 Spring Mills (7-3) at No. 4 Capital (7-2), 1:30 p.m.
No. 11 South Charleston (7-3) at No. 6 Jefferson (8-2), 1:30 p.m.
No. 14 Spring Valley (6-4) at No. 3 Wheeling Park (8-1-1), 7:30 p.m.
(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).