CHAPMANVILLE — It may only be Week 2 of the high school football season.
But the Chapmanville Regional High School football team needs a win badly on Friday night as the Tigers host Herbert Hoover in the home opener for Chapmanville.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Chapmanville, 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the Cardinal Conference, lost 22-15 at Sissonville in the season opener and don’t want to go 0-2. Hoover (1-0, 1-0) won 14-7 at Scott last week.
The Huskies were a Class AA playoff quarterfinalist last year and will be tough for the Tigers to beat.
Despite the loss last Friday night, Chapmanville coach Rob Dial said he is glad the way his team competed last week as the underdog team, taking a 7-0 lead at halftime then rallying late against the favored Indians.
“I’m proud of the guys and proud of the effort. We’re really close to being a good football team,” Dial said. “I was really proud of the effort and the determination. At one point we were down 22-7. We just need to keep working and get better.”
The Herbert Hoover community was hit hard back in June with the devastating floods and last Friday’s win was a boost to the community.
“This is a heck of a win for our school and community,” Hoover coach Tim Meyer told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Without them, we wouldn’t have a football team. They have supported us the entire way. They wanted to get our football team back up on our feet.”
Dial said Hoover has a sound program. The Huskies were ranked No. 9 in the state in Class AA in this week’s Charleston Gazette-Mail poll.
“Herbert Hoover has a good football team,” Dial said. “They are not overly physically big but they play hard and they play with a lot of speed. They are a veer option team on offense so you have to play very disciplined on the defensive side of the football. Defensively, they are going to get up field and they are going to send six guys every play. They love to blitz a lot. We just need to get better at what we do.”
Herbert Hoover won the game last week with 2:14 left with QB Chase Stover’s 37-yard touchdown run.
The game was tied 7-7 as Scott’s fourth-and-one conversion from its own 43 with three minutes to go ended up failing.
A few plays later, Stover’s option run ended up going for pay dirt.
“Chase has a lot of pop in his step and it was a perfect read,” Coach Meyer said. “He tucked it and made a heck of a run. He took off and I was real pleased with him. As a quarterback, you really can’t measure that. He is getting comfortable with all the reads.”
Hoover trailed 7-0 but tied it in the third quarter when Colten Rollyson scored on 1-yard touchdown plunge with 9:27 left.
Brody Thomas led the Huskies with 57 yards rushing on 13 carries. Stover had 54 yards on 11 attempts and Rollyson ran 12 times for 45 yards.
Chapmanville junior Adam Vance was 11-for-20 passing for 125 yards and two touchdowns in his debut last week.
Tristan Browning had 68 yards rushing on 15 attempts. Dylan Smith had 14 carries for 73 for one touchdown and four pass receptions for 61 yards. Austin Butcher had four grabs for 42 yards and one score. Billy Sheppard had three catches for 22 yards.
On defense, Butcher and Ryan Craddock each had eight solo tackles and two assists. Craddock also had a fumble recovery.
Dillon Renniger had seven tackles and Sheppard six. Timmy Bigley had six solos and two assists, while Alex Oxley had four solos and four assisted stops. Evan Willis had five tackles and a sack.
C.J. Dalton had four tackles and Christian Whitt had four solos and three assists. Browning contributed four solo tackles, one assist and one caused fumble. Smith had three solos, three assists and one QB sack.
Tyler Barcklay had two solos. Hunter Long had one tackle and one assist. Vance had one assisted tackle. Dakota Davis had a fumble recovery.
Renniger was 1-for-1 in point after kicks.
Butcher punted five times for 35 yards per kick.
“Last Friday night was a really good football game,” Dial said. “Unfortunately, we just came up a little bit short. Our players gave a great effort and played especially well in the first half. We just really ran out of gas in the second half. We had some guys cramp up and we just didn’t make enough plays in the third and fourth quarters to win the ballgame.”
Dial said it will also be good to play on Chapmanville’s home turf.
“Just about every team in the Cardinal Conference is just about close to being even,” Dial said. “So it’s going to take for us to win ballgames on Friday night we’re going to have to do the little things. Hopefully, things will work out for us this Friday night in front of our home crowd. Hopefully, that will give us a little extra energy and we can come out with a win.”
Football Friday night
WHAT: No. 9 Herbert Hoover (1-0, 1-0) at Chapmanville (0-1, 0-1)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tiger Stadium, Chapmanville, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Chapmanville lost 22-15 to Sissonville, Herbert Hoover won 14-7 over Scott.
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Chapmanville won 38-35
SERIES SINCE 2000: Chapmanville leads 6-3
Chapmanville vs. Herbert Hoover
Football Series Last 10 years
(Chapmanville leads 6-3)
2015: Chapmanville 38, Herbert Hoover 35
2014: Herbert Hoover 35, Chapmanville 30
2013: Chapmanville 24, Herbert Hoover 18
2012: Chapmanville 33, Herbert Hoover 19
2011: Chapmanville 27, Herbert Hoover 7
2010: Herbert Hoover 48, Chapmanville 45
2009: Herbert Hoover 30, Chapmanville 20
2008: Chapmanville 24, Herbert Hoover 0
2007: Chapmanville 40, Herbert Hoover 7 (at Charleston’s Laidley Field)