In 1953, the Korean Armistice was signed putting a cease fire to the Korean War.
That same year, East Berliners rose up against Communist rule but were quelled by tanks as the Cold War continued to heat up.
Dwight D. Eisenhower became President of the United States.
The first issue of Playboy magazine, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover, hit the newsstands.
In the sporting world, the New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers four games to two to win the World Series.
The ‘53 NBA championship was won the Lakers, the Minneapolis Lakers, that is.
Back home in Logan County, a new football rivalry was born as the Chapmanville Tigers hit the gridiron for the first time and locked horns with the Scott Skyhawks.
The two schools have met every year since with Scott holding a 33-29-1 lead.
Scott (0-2) and Chapmanville (0-2) are scheduled to play again on Friday night at Skyhawk Field in Madison.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville Regional coach Rob Dial said the Chapmanville-Scott football rivalry is steeped in tradition.
“Years ago it was about bragging rights,” Dial said. “For a long time the only local team that Chapmanville faced every year was Scott. We did not play Logan (until 2001) and there was a long period of time that we did not play Man. The Chapmanville-Scott game was a true rival game. Now, we have a few more rivalries. We play Logan and we play Man.”
Chapmanville and Scott have been pretty even in recent years.
In fact, over the last 12 meetings, the series is tied 6-6.
The 2007 meeting at Chapmanville sticks out for many Tigers’ fans. That’s when the Tigers upset heavily favored and state-ranked Scott 21-20 before a huge home crowd.
The Skyhawks were led that year by all-state standout Jordan Roberts, who would go on to be the Kennedy Award winner and would later play collegiate and pro football with short stints with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa RedBlacks.
Dial was the former Offensive Coordinator at Chapmanville from 1999-2012 under ex-head coaches Ronnie Ooten and George Barker.
“We found a way to win that one 21-20,” Dial said. “Jordan Roberts fumbled the ball a couple of times. Whenever you have the Chapmanville-Scott game you are going to have a great crowd and it’s going to be loud. There will also be a lot of emotions come into effect. We’re going to have to keep our emotions in check and channel that into playing good, disciplined, hard-nosed football. But we’re looking forward to the challenge on Friday night. I hope we have a better result.”
Coach Dial would not go into details but said his team is banged up after last week’s 13-12 loss to Herbert Hoover.
“We’re banged up in a couple of spots,” Dial said. “I won’t go into specifics. If someone can’t go on Friday night the next man up has to step in there and do that job.”
Through two weeks, Logan has put up 104 points and more than 900 yards of total offense.
In last week’s 61-11 win over Poca, Logan had 21 rushes for 244 yards and 487 yards of total offense.
A total of 12 Wildcats have at least one carry through two games.
Freshman QB David Early, who passed for 6 TDs last week, has thrown for 483 yards and nine scores in just two starts.
“Offensively, we’ve got a lot of weapons that we can put out there,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “We’re trying to get better and get as many kids involved as we can. We’re trying to find ways to get guys open and get them in space.”
Improving Billies’ O
Man’s offense improved greatly from Week 1 to Week 2.
Last week, Man won 45-44 in triple overtime over Mount View at home.
The Billies host No. 10-ranked Westside on Friday night.
“I think that we improved quite a bit from last week to our first week,” Arms said of his offense. “We run more than we pass but (quarterback) Cameron (Simpson) did a good job and threw the ball well. We’re improving. Our backs ran the ball harder last week and our line was considerably better. That’s what we are looking for — to improve from week to week. We’re looking forward to another big game on Friday.”
Man played last week without starting running back Jake Frye, who injured his collarbone in the opener vs. Logan. Junior Seth Osborne took Frye’s place. Coach Arms said Osborne had four good runs last week against Mount View.
“Hopefully, we’ll have Jake Frye back next week,” Arms said. “It wasn’t as bad as we thought at first. It wasn’t a broken collarbone. He had an injury to his joint.”
CRHS Hall of Fame
Game next week
It’s Hall of Fame week next week at Chapmanville Regional High School as CRHS will induct Mike Baisden, Larry “Daffer” Coffindaffer II and Steven Disco to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Derek Dalton is this year’s Ralph May Community Service Award winner.
The Hall of Fame classic will be honored on Thursday, Sept. 15 with a dinner at the Logan Country Club and before the Sept. 16 CRHS home football game against Poca.
Three Cardinal Conference games are on tap this week, incluing the South Division showdown between Chapmanville (0-2, 0-2) and Scott (0-2, 0-2) at Madison.
There’s also a North Division clash as Nitro (1-0, 1-1) plays at No. 7-ranked Herbert Hoover (2-0, 2-0).
The other conference game is a North vs. South matchup as No. 4-ranked Mingo Central (0-0, 2-0) plays at No. 12 Sissonville (2-0, 2-0) in the league game of the week. It’s the conference opener for Mingo Central.
Logan (2-0), ranked No. 8 in the state, has a non-conference home game against winless Lincoln County.
Poca (0-2), will try to snap a 29-game losing skid on Friday with a home game against Class A Putnam County rival Buffalo in a non-league game.
Winfield (1-1) and Wayne (0-2) are both idle this week.
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Logan 1-0 2-0 109 24
Mingo Central 0-0 2-0 100 33
Wayne 0-1 0-2 20 64
Chapmanville 0-2 0-2 27 35
Scott 0-2 0-2 27 48
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Sissonville 2-0 2-0 60 27
Herbert Hoover 2-0 2-0 27 19
Winfield 1-0 1-1 49 48
Nitro 1-0 1-1 30 49
Poca 0-2 0-2 17 70
Friday, September 9 games:
Lincoln County at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
*Chapmanville at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
*Mingo Central at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
*Nitro at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne — OPEN DATE
Winfield — OPEN DATE
* Cardinal Conference game
Friday, September 2 results:
Logan 61, Poca 11
Herbert Hoover 13, Chapmanville 12
Mingo Central 42, Tolsia 20
Winfield 34, Scott 20
Sissonville 38, Wayne 12
St. Albans 43, Nitro 21
(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).