CHAPMANVILLE — Juwan Jones-Wright and the Robert C. Byrd High School football team proved they are for real.
The No. 9-seeded Eagles came to Chapmanville Regional on Saturday afternoon and rolled over the No. 8 Tigers, 42-14, in a Class AA first-round playoff game at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Jones-Wright, who had rushed for more than 1,700 yards on the season, scored four touchdowns on runs of 32, 45, 6 and 15 as RCB improved to 8-3 on the year and advanced to play next weekend at No. 1-ranked and defending Class AA state champion Bridgeport (10-0-1) in the state quarterfinals.
The Eagles lost to Bridgeport 48-21 earlier in the season.
The loss ended Chapmanville’s season at 7-4. The Tigers closed out the 2015 grid campaign with four straight losses after a 7-0 start.
Saturday’s playoff game was only the second ever home post-season contest in Chapmanville history. The last one was in 2008 in a 33-0 loss at home to James Monroe.
The Tigers advanced to the playoffs for the first time in four years since the 2011 team reached the state semifinals.
Trailing 28-7 at halftime, Chapmanville gained some momentum in the early moments of the third quarter.
A 4-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Alex Berry to Billy Sheppard with 8:59 left in the third quarter cut the RCB lead to just 28-14 after the Tanner Dillon PAT.
The Eagles drove the ball to the Chapmanville 27-yard line but a fourth-and-18 pass by RCB quarterback Julian Marino to the end zone was broken up by the Tigers’ Dylan Smith and CRHS took over on downs.
Three plays later, however, Berry was intercepted by RCB’s Cody Nypan at the Chapmanville 40. Nypan returned the ball to the 17 but was leveled after a vicious hit from Tigers’ wide receiver Jacob Dingess. Both were shaken up on the play and were down on the Field Turf. Dingess had to leave the game due to a possible concussion. Nypan walked to the RCB bench.
When play resumed, Jones-Wright ran in for a 6-yard touchdown three snaps later. After the successful extra point kick by Andrew LeMasters, the Eagles were in control at 35-14 with 4:05 left in the third.
Robert C. Byrd tacked on one more score with a 15-yard TD run by Jones-Wright with 44 ticks to go to make it 42-14. The touchdown was set up after a CRHS fumble.
The fourth quarter was scoreless.
RCB drew first blood with 7:23 to go in the first quarter on Brandon Cook’s 1-yard run to take a 7-0 lead. The touchdown was set up by a 44-yard pass from Marino to Cole Fisher.
With 5:05 left in the first, Jones-Wright raced to the house for a 32-yard score to put the Eagles on top 14-0.
Chapmanville then answered with 39 ticks to go in the first as Berry fired an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dingess to make it 14-7 after the Dillon point after kick. The drive was kept alive by a fake punt as backup QB Adam Vance tossed a 19-yard pass to Smith for a first down at the RCB 40.
Marino later found Fisher on a 36-yard touchdown pass as RCB led 21-7 with 11:48 left until halftime.
The Eagles increased the lead to 28-7 with a 45-yard TD run by Jones-Wright with 7:37 remaining in the second quarter.
Jones-Wright ran for 322 yards on 29 carries to lead the Eagles.
Berry was 19-for-30 passing for 169 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.
Jacob Dingess had three catches for 37 yards and one score. Noah Dingess had three grabs for 17 yards. Smith had three catches for 46 yards. Billy Sheppard reeled in four passes for 48 yards and a score.
Vance had two catches for nine yards and Ethan Thompson had one grab for two yards.
Dillon was held to 15 yards rushing on 12 carries. He had two catches out of the backfield for 31 yards.
Ethan Neace also had a catch.
Tyler Barcklay had one rush for one yard.
On defense, Dillon led CRHS as he had six solo tackles and three assists. He also punted three times for an average of more than 32 yards per boot.
Vance had six tackles and two assists, while Smith and Timmy Bigley each had five solos and two assists. Austin Butcher had five tackles and one assist.
Jordan Whitt, Evan Willis and Ryan Craddock each had four tackles and two assists. Alex Oxley contributed three tackles and one assist. Sheppard had four tackles for the afternoon.
Ricky Combs had two solos and two assists. Thompson also had two assists. Jacob Dingess had one solo and one assist, while Neace had one tackle.
The Eagles were flagged 13 times for 105 yards. The Tigers had four yellow hankies for 45 yards.
Berry finished the season 165-for-251 passing for 2,345 yards with 30 TDs and eight interceptions.
Dillon needed just 18 yards rushing to go over 1,000 for the season. He ended, however, with 997 yards on 207 carries and 13 TDs.
Jacob Dingess closed out the season with 73 catches for 1,157 yards and 15 TDs.