CHAPMANVILLE — Chapmanville Regional High School’s Ted Ellis Field was the site for an unusual sporting event on Friday night.
A football scrimmage.
With Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium all torn up and muddy due to the just-started Field Turf construction, the CRHS football team went up on the hillside at the school’s baseball field for a quadrangular 7-on-7 football scrimmage against Poca, Tolsia and Mount View.
A makeshift football field was lined out in the outfield grass for the 7-on-7 passing scrimmage.
Chapmanville first scrimmaged the Poca Dots, a Cardinal Conference rival.
Alex Berry, the Tigers’ senior starting quarterback and the Cardinal’s top passer from last year, marched the team down field with several pin-point passes. He found paydirt early on with a touchdown strike to Ethan Thompson.
The 7-on-7 was part of the three-week June summer practice period which began on Monday for all athletic teams in West Virginia.
The Tigers played the scrimmage without wide receiver Jacob Dingess, the Cardinal Conference’s top wideout from last year. Dingess had an injured finger and sat out but still helped out during the scrimmage as “Coach Dingess.”
Chapmanville’s football team had a 7-on-7 on Wednesday at Marshall University.
The Tigers have three more upcoming 7-on-7s on three consecutive days.
On June 28, Chapmanville is set to travel to Huntington High School to scrimmage. Then on June 29, the Tigers have another 7-on-7 at Riverside. On June 30, CRHS travels to Hamlin to take part in a 7-on-7 at Lincoln County.
Chapmanville, coached by George Barker, is scheduled to have its regular season opener on Aug. 28 against the Sissonville Indians.
It will also be the grand opening for the upgraded Tiger Stadium, complete with the new Field Turf.