The Chapmanville Regional High School football team put up a good fight but fell 22-15 at Sissonville on Friday night in the season and Cardinal Conference opener for both schools at Sisssonville’s Joe Sawyer Field.
It was the debut game for new Chapmanville head coach Rob Dial, who replaced outgoing veteran mentor George Barker.
Sissonville (1-0 overall, 1-0 in the Cardinal Conference) trailed Chapmanville (0-1, 0-1) at halftime by a 7-0 score then tallied three straight second half touchdowns. The Tigers scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion late in the game to pull to within one score but it was too little too late.
The Indians improved to 6-5 in the series with Chapmanville over the last decade plus and have won four out the last five meetings.
Chapamanville struck first in the opening quarter as junior QB Adam Vance, making his first start under center for the Tigers, hit senior wideout/running back Dylan Smith on a 17-yard TD pass at the 1:25 mark on a fourth-and-10 play. The extra point kick was good and CRHS led 7-0.
That’s the way the game stayed until the third quarter as Sissonville went ahead 8-7 when Indians’ QB Chance Brown connected with Mayson Miller on a 25-yard touchdown pass and ensuing two-point conversion run.
Then in the fourth quarter, Sissonville extended its lead to 14-7 with an 18-yard TD pass from Brown to Bryce Taylor. The two-point conversion this time was no good.
Brown then gave Sissonville some breathing room with an 8-yard TD pass from Brown to Matthew Smith as the Indians led 22-7 with under four minutes left to play in the game. The two-point conversion was good.
Chapmanville got back in it with less than two minutes left in the game when Vance passed for an 8-yard touchdown to Austin Butcher. The two-point conversion was good, making the score 22-15.
The Indians, however, recovered the ensuing on-side kick and chewed up the rest of the clock to preserve the win.
Vance was 10 of 19 passing for 109 and two TDs. Smith had 13 carries for 85 yards.
Brown was 12 of 24 for 117 yards and three touchdowns and added 62 yards rushing. Austin Cook rushed for 132 yards on 26 carries.
Friday night marked the fifth straight win for Sissonville dating back to last season and the fifth loss in a row for the Tigers.
Chapmanville is scheduled to return to action this coming Friday night with its home opener against Herbert Hoover. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 0-0 1-0 58 13
Logan 0-0 1-0 48 13
Wayne 0-0 0-1 8 26
Chapmanville 0-1 0-1 15 22
Scott 0-1 0-1 7 14
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Sissonville 1-0 1-0 22 15
Herbert Hoover 1-0 1-0 14 7
Nitro 1-0 1-0 9 6
Winfield 0-0 0-1 15 28
Poca 0-1 0-1 6 9
Week One Cardinal Conference Schedule:
Thursday, August 25 games:
Logan 48, Man 13
Friday, August 26 games:
*Sissonville 22, Chapmanville 15
Mingo Central 58, Wyoming East 13
*Herbert Hoover 14, Scott 7
Tolsia 26, Wayne 8
*Nitro 9, Poca 6
Hurricane 28, Winfield 15
Friday, September 2 games:
*Poca at Logan (Hall of Fame Game), 7:30 p.m.
*Herbert Hoover at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
*Scott at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
*Wayne at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
St. Albans at Nitro (Battle for the Bridge), 7:30 p.m.
* Cardinal Conference game
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).