CHAPMANVILLE — A full slate of Cardinal Conference games awaits the Chapmanville Regional High School football team this fall in the 2016 grid season.
With the recent additions of Logan, Winfield and Nitro to the newly expanded 10-team Cardinal Conference, the Tigers had to try to find a way to add those new members.
Chapmanville already had Logan on its schedule and the Tigers and Wildcats have played each other yearly since 2001.
Next up was the Winfield Generals.
The Tigers made room for the former Class AAA team as Tolsia was dropped from the schedule in Week 9 and was replaced by Winfield. The Tigers and the Generals are set to meet on Oct. 30 in Chapmanville. Tolsia is dropping down to Single-A and is leaving the conference.
The last piece of the puzzle was the Nitro Wildcats, which are also falling into the Class AA ranks this fall after competing for many years as a Triple-A school.
Chapmanville was able to drop Mount View from the schedule and pick up Nitro. Chapmanville and Nitro are slated to meet on Sept. 30 at Nitro.
Chapmanville’s 2016 football schedule is now complete.
The Tigers’ lone non-conference game is set for Oct. 7 at home against Man. The Hillbillies are raising from classification to 2A this fall. Man has been a Single-A school for more than 10 years.
Chapmanville, like all Cardinal Conference schools, will play a nine-game conference schedule.
Not all league schools were able to get all nine conference opponents on their schedules, however, due to having two-year contracts with other teams.
It will likely all be set into place, however, in the 2017 high school football season.
New opponent Nitro was just 1-9 last season with the lone victory coming in Week 1 with a 39-14 victory over the rival Poca Dots. The Wildcats then lost nine straight.
Nitro has won just eight games in the last seven seasons.
Nitro was 2-8 in 2014, 1-9 in 2013, 2-8 in 2012, 0-10 in 2011, 1-9 in 2010 and 1-9 in 2009.
The Wildcats used to be very strong in football.
In 2005, Nitro was 12-2 and ranked No. 2 in the state. The Wildcats also had winning seasons in 2004, 2006 and 2007. In 1998, Nitro beat Morgantown 69-52 to win the Class AAA state championship.
Winfield, Chapmanville’s other new opponent, has been down over the last several years. The Generals last fielded a winning season in 2004 with a 6-5 mark.
The Generals were 4-7 last year. Winfield was 2-8 in 2014, 4-6 in 2013, 4-6 in 2012, 4-6 in 2011 and 3-7 in 2010.
The Tigers are coming off a 7-4 playoff season from a year ago. Chapmanville grabbed the No. 8 seed for the post-season and homefield advantage but lost 42-14 at home to Robert C. Byrd in the first round of the playoffs.
It was Chapmanville’s first home playoff game since 2008.
The Tigers will have some major holes to fill this fall.
Starting QB Alex Berry, RB Tanner Dillon and WR Jacob Dingess will be lost to graduation. Berry passed for more than 2,000 yards. Dillon rushed for close to 1,000 yards and Dingess had 73 catches for more than 1,000 yards.
The Tigers, coached by George Barker, are scheduled to open the season again against Sissonville. The ‘16 opener is Aug. 26 at Sissonville.
Chapmanville then hosts Herbert Hoover on Sept. 2, plays at Scott on Sept. 9, hosts Poca on Sept. 16, goes to Logan on Sept. 23 then travels to Nitro on Sept. 30.
CRHS hosts Man on Oct. 7, plays at Mingo Central on Oct. 14, hosts Winfield on Oct. 21 and closes out the regular season Oct. 28 at Wayne.
The Tigers will once again observe their bye week in Week 11 on Nov. 4, meaning CRHS will play 10 games in 10 weeks just as it has the last few seasons.
Chapmanville started off the 2015 season 7-0 after winning a 35-28 thriller at Man. The Tigers then lost four straight games to close out the season.
High School 2016
Aug. 26: *at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 2: *Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9: *at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16: *Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: *at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: *at Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7: Man, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14: *at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21: *Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: *at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: OPEN DATE
*Cardinal Conference game
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).