Tigers get rare home playoff game


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



The Tigers’ Dylan Smith is tackled in a home game earlier in the season.


Chapmanville Regional High School football’s Ethan Thompson (9) is tackled by Logan’s Jamal Minter (1) in a game earlier in the season.


Chapmanville Regional High School quarterback Alex Berry looks for room to run as Tanner Dillon (25) blocks in a game earlier in the season.


Chapmanville Regional High School assistant coach James Barker talks to the offensive unit in a game this season at Tiger Stadium.


CHAPMANVILLE — It’s going to be a big day in Chapmanville on Saturday.

For only the second time in school history, Chapmanville Regional High School will be hosting a home football playoff game in town.

Chapmanville (7-3), the No. 8 seed in the state in Class AA, is scheduled to play host to No. 9 Robert C. Byrd (7-3) on Saturday for a first-round game.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger stadium.

The weather is expected to be ideal, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 50s.

Chapmanville has only hosted a home playoff game once before — a 33-0 loss to James Monroe in 2008.

Years back, Chapmanville was also the home team in a playoff game but had to play the game at Logan.

“In the history of our football program we’ve only had two playoff games in town in Chapmanville and this is the second one,” Tigers’ coach George Barker said. “That’s a pretty big accomplishment on their part, especially since going into the season nobody was giving them any credit. They earned it and they earned their way there.”

The Tigers will have their hands full against a very good RCB Eagles’ team.

Chapmanville is led by senior quarterback Alex Berry, who has completed 146-of-211 passes this season for 2,176 yards with 28 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Tanner Dillon leads the CRHS ground attack with 195 carries for 982 yards and 13 TDs. Dylan Smith has another 360 yards on 46 carries with four TDs.

Jacob Dingess is Chapmanville’s top wide receiver with 70 catches for 1,120 yards and 14 TDs. Smith has reeled in 29 passes for 538 yards and eight scores. Noah Dingess has 24 catches for 311 yards and five TDs, including the game-winning grab earlier in the season at Man in a 35-28 victory by the Tigers.

Barker said the CRHS offense has been able to achieve balance.

“If you look, we’re a good 50/50 football team,” Barker said. “When we run with the ball Tanner gets most of the runs. Smith got a few and Ethan Thompson gets a few. Berry has been able to find the open receiver and that sure makes a difference.”

Chapmanville’s defense must play better on Saturday. The Tigers have given up 69, 76 and 54 points in their last three games.

The Tigers’ defense is led by: Ryan Craddock (61 tackles, 33 assists); Timmy Bigley (63 solos, 28 assists, one sack and one fumble recovery); Austin Butcher (59 solos, 22 assists, three sacks, one blocked kick and one forced fumble); Andy Bias (46 solos, 26 assists, three sacks and two fumble recoveries); Ricky Combs (43 solos, 24 assists and three sacks); Ethan Neace (41 solos, 19 assists, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble); Jordan Whitt (25 solos, 15 assists); Alex Oxley (29 solos, 20 assists, three sacks and one fumble recovery); and Dillon (27 solos, 11 assists and one sack).

“I think that it’s more of a confidence thing,” Barker said, when asked about his defense and their poor showing the last three weeks. “I think sometimes kids listen to everybody and when things don’t go their way they search for answers. We just have to get back to trusting everybody so we can get things done. We’re going to tweak a few things here and there. We took last week and we tried to evaluate what we are doing and see how we can make things happen.”

Barker said playing on a Saturday afternoon will be a bit different.

“We just decided to turn this into two Wednesdays,” Barker said. “Wednesday was both an offensive and a defensive day for us. Wednesday and Thursday were both Wednesdays for us. Friday will be a Thursday. It won’t change things much. We’ll just get a little more time.”

Barker said the Tigers have no major injuries heading into the game.

“Physically, we are in pretty good shape. We have to stay that way until Saturday and get all of our practices in,” he said.

RCB is led by running back Juwan Jones-Wright, who goes 6-foot, 220 pounds. He is powerful back and has break-away speed. He finished the regular season with 1,709 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns in just nine games.

Eagles’ coach Bryan Fisher said Jones-Wright has continued to get better and better.

“We try to give him the ball, he wants the ball and he’s gotten better every week,’ Fisher told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “At this level, a lot of the time you get a negative play, negative play and then you hit the big run. There have been a lot less negative plays as the season has went on and a lot of that is his reads. We run zone and stretch, and a lot of times he took negative runs early, there were runs there for 3 and 4 yards, and now he’s starting to hit those. He’s not our whole team, but he’s a big part of what we do and he’s a great kid, too.”

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2015 Chapmanville Regional

High School Football Schedule (7-3):

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, L 35-54

Nov. 6: Bye week

Nov. 14: Robert C. Byrd, 1:30 p.m. (Class AA state playoffs)

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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.

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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.

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Class AAA playoff pairings

Friday, November 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, November 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.

The Tigers’ Dylan Smith is tackled in a home game earlier in the season.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Thursday-Tigers-Dylan-Smith-CMYK.jpgThe Tigers’ Dylan Smith is tackled in a home game earlier in the season.

Chapmanville Regional High School football’s Ethan Thompson (9) is tackled by Logan’s Jamal Minter (1) in a game earlier in the season.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Thursday-Ethan-Thompson-tackled-CMYK.jpgChapmanville Regional High School football’s Ethan Thompson (9) is tackled by Logan’s Jamal Minter (1) in a game earlier in the season.

Chapmanville Regional High School quarterback Alex Berry looks for room to run as Tanner Dillon (25) blocks in a game earlier in the season.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Tigers-Sunday-Alex-Berry-rolls-out-CMYK.jpgChapmanville Regional High School quarterback Alex Berry looks for room to run as Tanner Dillon (25) blocks in a game earlier in the season.

Chapmanville Regional High School assistant coach James Barker talks to the offensive unit in a game this season at Tiger Stadium.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Sunday-Middle-huddle-CMYK.jpgChapmanville Regional High School assistant coach James Barker talks to the offensive unit in a game this season at Tiger Stadium.

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By Paul Adkins

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(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).

(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).

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