CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School football team has opened the season the last several years with Sissonville.
It’s always been a tough opener with the Indians.
The two Cardinal Conference teams are scheduled to open the 2016 grid campaign on Friday night at Sissonville High School’s Joe Sawyers Field.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville is coming off a 7-4 Class AA playoff season from a year ago and is led by first-year head coach Rob Dial. Sissonville was 5-5 last year, but won its last four games after a 1-5 start.
The Tigers beat the Indians 30-6 in last year’s season opener.
Over the last 10 years, each team has won five games. The Indians have taken three out of the last four meetings.
Sissonville is 3-2 vs. Chapmanville at home over the span.
“We have a tall task ahead of us this Friday night,” Dial said. “When you go over there to Sissonville or anywhere in the Kanawha Valley it’s a difficult ballgame. You are out of your environment and you are not at home. Sissonville has natural grass and we practice and play on turf. That shouldn’t be an issue provided the weather is not bad but we know when we go to Sissonville we’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game. We’ve taken good teams over to Sissonville in the past and have not come out with wins. We know that we are going to have to be ready to play football on Friday when we leave from Chapmanville.”
Dial said the Indians have a good football team.
“Sissonville is a very solid Double-A football team,” he said. “They finished the last season very strong with four straight wins. They have focused into having a good start to the season. They have put a lot of time into preparing for the Chapmanville Tigers. We have to do the very same thing. We have to put in the time, the film study and work in practice to make sure we are ready for everything that Sissonville has to offer.”
Sissonville is led by quarterback Chance Brown, a senior and three-year starter. Brown rushed for 554 yards and nine touchdowns last season and completed 27 of 71 passes for 244 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions.
“In watching Sissonville on film and in scrimmages they are a very athletic team,” Dial said. “They have a lot of speed on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the first guy that you have to talk about is their quarterback Chance Brown. He is probably their best athlete all-around. He’s very explosive in running the football and he also has a very good arm in throwing the ball to his receivers.”
Dial said the Indians are also tough in the trenches.
“Their offensive line is very explosive off the ball,” he said. “They will get in your face and make things difficult. They like to get good angles. They can run with the ball for success and they can throw the ball for success. They had a real good ground game against Nitro in their last scrimmage in the gridorama.”
On defense, Dial said Sissonville is also strong.
“On defense, Sissonville’s base line is a four-man front,” he said. “They are aggressive and they really penetrate. They have great athletes. A lot of their offensive skilled position players will play defense.”
Sissonville is led by second-year head coach Marc Wilson.
“Our focus is Chapmanville. If we win that one everything is good, if we lose that one everything is bad, that’s just the way it is,” Wilson told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “We’re similar teams. We come from relatively similar communities, we build it with similar kids. It’s a good yardstick on where we’re at and whether or not this season is going to go well or how much work we’re going to have to put in to turn it around.”
Four of Sissonville’s five losses came to playoff teams last year in Chapmanville, Mingo Central, Tolsia and Herbert Hoover. The fifth was against longtime power Wayne, which slumped to a 5-5 mark a year ago and missed the post-season.
Two other key Sissonville players are senior wide receiver Bryce Taylor and outside linebacker/running back Austin Cook, who carried the ball 67 times for 436 yards and six scores a year ago.
Senior running back/defensive tackle Matt Smith is another key returnee for the Indians.
Chapmanville scrimmaged a couple of weeks ago at Valley Fayette and last Saturday against Winfield in the Cardinal Conference Gridorama at Scott.
Winfield toppled the Tigers 16-0 in the scrimmage.
“We competed against Valley Fayette, Pikeview and Mingo Central at Valley Fayette,” Dial said. “Then we played Winfield in the Cardinal Conference Gridorama. We felt like we got accomplished what needed to be accomplished in both scrimmages. Our primary focus was to evaluate our players and to stay healthy. We came out of both scrimmages accomplishing both goals.
“We have a general idea of who is going to be able to play certain positions for us,” he said. It’s our job as coaches to put those guys into the right spots.”
Junior Adam Vance is expected to make his first start at QB for the Tigers on Friday night. He was a backup to Alex Berry last year.
— Look for more on the game in Friday’s Logan Banner sports.
In a photo of the Chapmanville Regional High School football seniors in Sunday’s Logan Banner sports section, Jeremy Green’s name was inadvertedly left out in the caption.
In a team roster released by CRHS to The Logan Banner, Green’s name was not listed.
Football Friday night
WHAT: Chapmanville (0-0, 0-0) at Sissonville (0-0, 0-0).
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sissonville High School football field, Sissonville, W.Va.
SURFACE: Natural grass
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Chapmanville won 30-6
LAST YEAR: Chapmanville was 7-4, lost to RCB in first round of the playoffs … Sissonville was 5-5.
RADIO/INTERNET: WVOW 101.9 FM, Logan, www.chapmanvilletigers.tv
Chapmanville vs. Sissonville Football Series
Last 10 years (Series tied 5-5)
2015: Chapmanville 30, Sissonville 6
2014: Sissonville 42, Chapmanville 14
2013: Sissonville 40, Chapmanville 22
2012: Sissonville 40, Chapmanville 21
2011: Chapmanville 47, Sissonville 7
2010: Chapmanville 45, Sissonville 6
2009: Chapmanville 34, Sissonville 19
2008: Chapmanville 41, Sissonville 19
2007: Sissonville 27, Chapmanville 21 (OT)
2006: Sissonville 34, Chapmanville 14
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).