CHAPMANVILLE — It’s rival week this week for the Chapmanville and Scott high school football teams.
The Tigers and Skyhawks are mirror images of each other heading into Friday night’s clash at Skyhawk Stadium.
Both teams are 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the Cardinal Conference heading into the game and are in dire need of a win.
The winner will go 1-2 and will stay in the playoff chase.
For the loser, an 0-3 record will be very deep hole to come out of.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Madison.
Both teams have played well but have been beaten in a pair of close conference games.
Scott lost 14-7 to Herbert Hoover in Week One, then played toe-to-toe last Friday night with former Class AAA school and new Cardinal Conference member Winfield, blowing a 20-0 lead and surrendering 34 straight points to fall 34-20 to the Generals.
Chapmanville has had similar back luck, taking a 7-0 lead at Sissonville at halftime in Week One before falling 22-15 to the Indians on the road.
Then last week, five costly turnovers did the Tigers in as Chapmanville lost a 13-12 heartbreaker to Herbert Hoover in the home opener.
A break here or there and both Scott and Chapmanville could be undefeated going into the game.
It may be still early in the season, but it’s a big ballgame on Friday night as Chapmanville and Scott renew its longstanding rivalry.
The Tigers and Skyhawks have played every year since 1953 as Scott holds a 33-29-1 edge. In games played in the last 12 years it’s been even as both squads have won six games. The Tigers have won four out of the last six meetings, including a 48-16 decision last fall at home.
“Anytime you play Scott it’s going to be a big game in both communities,” CRHS first-year coach Rob Dial said. “It’s a local rivalry and the schools are just 15 miles apart on Corridor G. Most of the kids know each other. We’ll see if we can go over to Madison and get a win.”
The loser of the game will face an 0-3 record.
“We are both playing with our backs against the wall,” Dial said. “No one wants to start the season 0-3. Frankly, no one wants to start the season 0-2. Our first two teams are against teams that we feel are going to be making it to the playoffs. Herbert Hoover may win six or seven ballgames and the same for Sissonville. Us and Scott have a common opponent in Sissonville.”
Scott led Winfield 20-0 last week at the half but allowed 34 points in the last two quarters. The Skyhawks intercepted three first-half passes.
Kyle White put Scott up 7-0 on a 35-yard score.
“In the first half we used our short-yardage package and it worked pretty good,” Scott first-year coach Shann Elkins told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “But hand it to Winfield. They made some adjustments, so we tried to spread them back out a little bit in the second half, but it just didn’t quite go.”
The Generals turned the ball over seven times in the game, including two fumbles. Two of the picks led to a 67-yard touchdown run by Scott’s Garrett Roberts and a 45-yard scamper by Austin Mitchell.
The Skyhawks were led by Mitchell, who had five carries for 56 yards and freshman Carson McComas’ 36 yards on seven attempts.
Scott gave up 192 yards rushing on 40 carries to Winfield junior Andrew Huff.
“From Week One to Week Two Scott changed a little bit of their offense scheme,” Dial said. “They seem to be running the ball a little bit more than they did in the first game. They used a lot of misdirections against Winfield. What we have to do on defense is make sure that we are lined up right and we have to make sure that we play aggressive. We also have to tackle well, something that we did better last week than against Sissonville. They have a new coach in Coach Elkins and he does a great job.”
Dial said the big play was missing last week.
“I was pretty pleased with how we played on both sides of the ball but we just couldn’t seem to make a play when we needed it,” he said. “Offensively, we moved the ball well. We only punted one time the entire game. Our players executed the game plan just about as good as we asked. They played hard and we blocked well up front. Our receivers did a good job of getting open and blocking. Our quarterback was efficient. We just made a mistake here and there.”
The Tigers are led by quarterback Adam Vance, a junior who has completed 26-of-38 passes (68.4 percent) for 313 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Dylan Smith has been a threat to run with the ball or make the big catches. He has 13 catches for 168 yards and 28 rushes for 153 yards and a touchdown.
Austin Butcher has six catches for 61 yards and a TD after two weeks and Billy Sheppard has six grabs for 74 yards and a score.
Tristan Browning, a Lincoln County transfer, leads the rushing attack with 28 carries for 153 yards and a score.
On defense, linebacker Ryan Craddock has 15 solo tackles, seven assists, a fumble recovery and a sack. Butcher has 14 solos and three assists, while Seth Whitt has 13 solos and five assists.
Timmy Bigley and Dillon Renniger each have 11 tackles after two games. Bigley also has a sack.
Browning has 10 solos, five assisted tackles, two sacks and a caused fumble. Evan Willis, Alex Oxley, Sheppard, Smith, Tyler Barcklay and others have also been on the action on the defensive side of the ball.
Butcher has punted six times for an average of 36.8 yards per kick. He had a 46-yard punt last week.
Football Friday night
WHAT: Chapmanville (0-2, 0-2) at Scott (0-2, 0-2)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Skyhawk Stadium, Scott High School, Madison, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Chapmanville lost 13-12 to Herbert Hoover. Scott lost 34-20 to Winfield.
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Chapmanville beat Scott 48-16
SERIES LAST 12 YEARS: Tied 6-6
ALL-TIME SERIES: Scott leads 33-29-1
Chapmanville vs. Scott
Football Series Last 12 years
(Series tied 6-6)
2015: Chapmanville 48, Scott 16
2014: Scott 39, Chapmanville 14
2013: Chapmanville 20, Scott 13
2012: Scott 40, Chapmanville 21
2011: Chapmanville 20, Scott 16
2010: Chapmanville 62, Scott 20
2009: Scott 32, Chapmanville 8
2008: Chapmanville 16, Scott 7
2007: Chapmanville 21, Scott 20
2006: Scott 33, Chapmanville 0
2005: Scott 30, Chapmanville 0
2004: Scott 20, Chapmanville 6
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).