Season in review: CRHS turns things around

By Paul Adkins - [email protected]

CHAPMANVILLE — It was a big season for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team.

The Tigers secured their first trip to the Class AA playoffs in four years as No. 8-ranked Chapmanville (7-3) is scheduled to host No. 9 Robert C. Byrd (7-3) on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

It’s the first time Chapmanville has hosted a home playoff game in seven years.

It will also be the first time the Tigers have hosted a playoff game on their new Field Turf which was installed back in August.

CRHS went just 4-6, 5-5 and 4-6 the last three seasons but were able to turn things around this fall.

Here’s a look back at Chapmanville’s 2015 football season:

Game 10:

Wayne 54,

Chapmanville 35

WAYNE — The Chapmanville football team dropped its third straight game and fell to 7-3 on the season with a 54-35 loss at Wayne on Oct. 30 in the regular season finale.

Wayne continued its dominance over Chapmanville, improving to 12-0 against the Tigers in the last 12 years. The Tigers haven’t beaten Wayne since back-to-back wins in 1991 and 1992.

Chapmanville quarterback Alex Berry was 21-of-30 passing for 252 yards with three TDs and one pick. Smith had six catches for 112 yards and three scores. Billy Sheppard had seven catches for 92 yards. Tanner Dillon rushed 29 times for 155 yards and a score. He also had a catch and was 5-for-5 in extra point kicks.

Austin Butcher and Ryan Craddock led the CRHS defense with nine total tackles each.

Game 9:

Tolsia 76,

Chapmanville 45

GLENHAYES — The Chapmanville Tigers lost a crazy, offense-filled 76-45 game at undefeated and No. 2-ranked Tolsia on Oct. 23 at Glenhayes.

The Tigers had no answer for Tolsia’s Luke Presley, who accounted for more than 300 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Jacob Dingess had 11 catches for 240 yards and three touchdowns for CRHS. The 11 grabs broke the single-game school record of 10 set by Brady Cox.

Tigers’ QB Alex Berry was 21-of-30 passing for 338 yards with four TDs and one interception.

Game 8:

Mingo Central 69,

Chapmanville 21

CHAPMANVILLE — Mingo Central handed the Chapmanville football team its first loss of the season with a 69-21 blowout win over the Tigers on Oct. 16 at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.

It was the regular season home finale for CRHS.

Mingo Central rolled up 717 yards of total offense, including more than 500 yards on the ground.

QB Alex Berry was 14-of-23 passing for 166 yards with one TD and one interception.

Jacob Dingess reeled in eight passes for 96 yards.

Tanner Dillon had 18 carries for 69 yards and a score.

Dillon led the Chapmanville defense with nine solo tackles and two assists.

Game 7:

Chapmanville 35,

Man 28

MAN — In the “Battle of the Unbeatens” on Oct. 9 at Man, Chapmanville Regional was able to beat the Hillbillies 35-28 at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field in the Metro News Game of the Week.

Man trailed 28-6 late in the third quarter but the Hillbillies battled back, drawing even 28-28 with 2:52 left in the game when Gabby Brown snared a tipped pass in the end zone from quarterback John Thomas Keffer which first went off the hands of Trey Whitt.

The Tigers then won it with a TD pass from QB Alex Berry to Noah Dingess with 17 seconds left in the game.

Man was held to 210 yards of total offense including 127 on the ground.

Berry was 15-for-23 passing for 214 yards and three touchdown passes for the night. Jacob Dingess had nine receptions for 144 yards and two TDs. Tanner Dillon had 21 carries for 73 yards and one TD to lead the CRHS ground game.

Game 6:

Chapmanville 39,

Mount View 6

CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Tigers shredded Mount View, 39-6, on Oct. 2 in the CRHS homecoming game.

The game was marred by flags. Mount View was penalized 23 times for 170 yards. Chapmanville had 13 yellow hankies for 120 yards.

Tanner Dillon was able to score three touchdowns for Chapmanville with runs of 1, 3 and 5. He finished the game with 16 carries for 77 yards and also had four catches out of the backfield for 45 more yards.

CRHS quarterback Alex Berry was 12-of-14 passing for the game for 130 yards and one touchdown. Dylan Smith had 14 rushes for 63 yards and also had the TD catch.

Game 5:

Chapmanville 43,

Logan 26

CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville football team put up big numbers in a 43-26 win at home over county rival Logan on Sept. 25.

QB Alex Berry was 11-for-17 passing for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He ran with the ball six times for 22 yards and scored two TDs.

Tanner Dillon had 28 carries for 132 yards and two TDs. Jacob Dingess reeled in eight passes for 129 yards and one score. Dylan Smith had seven rushes for 97 yards and one TD and three catches for 19 yards.

Game 4:

Chapmanville 55,

Poca 14

POCA — The Chapmanville Tigers breezed past the winless Poca Dots, 55-14, on Sept. 18 at Poca.

Several Tigers had big games.

Quarterback Alex Berry was 10-for-13 passing for 198 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

Dylan Smith had four carries for 131 yards and caught two passes for 57 yards with two TDs.

Senior running back Tanner Dillon had 12 carries for 109 yards with one touchdown. He was a perfect 7-for-7 in extra point kicks.

Ryan Craddock had six tackles and two assists to lead the Chapmanville defense. Austin Butcher had six solos and one assist.

Game 3:

Chapmanville 48,

Scott 16

CHAPMANVILLE — The offense kicked in high gear for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team in its 48-16 win at home on Sept. 11 over the rival Scott Skyhawks.

CRHS quarterback Berry tossed six touchdown passes on the night — five of them to his favorite target Jacob Dingess.

Dingess reeled in touchdown passes of 23, 46, 46, 6 and 54 yards. He had seven catches for 187 yards on the night. Berry also had a 31-yard TD strike to Billy Sheppard late in the fourth quarter. Berry finished the game 14-of-18 passing for 317 yards and the six TDs.

Tanner Dillon scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for the Tigers’ other score. He had 19 carries for 125 yards and was 4-for-6 in extra point kicks.

Game 2:

Chapmanville 38,

Herbert Hoover 35

FALLING ROCK — Tanner Dillon kicked a 35-yard field goal with just five seconds left, lifting the CRHS football team to a 38-35 win at Herbert Hoover on Sept. 4 in a big Cardinal Conference game and Chapmanville’s first road contest of the season.

Dillon, also the Tigers’ feature tailback, had a big night for Chapmanville as he rushed 22 times for 129 yards and also made all five of his extra point kicks in addition to the field goal.

Alex Berry was 15-for-23 passing for 160 yards with two TDs and one interception for the game. The Tigers’ Dylan Smith had nine carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns and three catches for 38 yards. Noah Dingess reeled in seven passes for 76 yards and a score. Jacob Dingess snagged four passes for 36 yards.

Timmy Bigley led the Chapmanville defense with eight solo tackles, four assists and a fumble recovery.

Game 1:

Chapmanville 30,

Sissonville 6

CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Tigers won 30-6 at home over Class AA preseason No. 9 Sissonville in the 2015 season opener on Aug. 28.

It was the first ever regular season game played on the new Tiger Stadium Field Turf.

The Tigers’ Alex Berry was 13-for-20 passing for 253 yards on the night. Senior wide receiver Jacob Dingess had nine catches for 172 yards.

On defense, Ethan Neace led CRHS with eight solo tackles, two assists and a sack. Timmy Bigley had seven solos, one assist and one sack. Austin Butcher had six solos and two assists, while Jordan Whitt had six stops and one assist.

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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