MADISON, W.Va. — After two quarters of play it was apparent the Chapmanville Regional-Scott high school football game would be a dogfight.
But then the Tigers put on the afterburners and ended up beating Scott 27-12 on Friday night at the Scott High School football field in Madison.
The game pitted a pair of winless teams.
Both had suffered heart-breaking losses in each of their first two games.
Chapmanville first-year head coach Rob Dial picked up his first win as the Tigers’ mentor. The Tigers are now 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the Cardinal Conference and were able to get back into the Class AA playoff picture, while Scott fell to 0-3, 0-3.
“I’m really happy and proud for our team tonight,” Dial said. “These guys deserve this victory. Leading into tonight’s game, we had our two of our best practices of the season and it really showed through against a very tough Scott football team. The defense played lights out. Up front, we had a solid control of the line of scrimmage and our linebackers and safeties did a good job of fitting in the gaps and making tackles.”
Chapmanville went up 6-0 at the 1:18 mark of the first quarter as Dylan Smith ran in from 4 yards out. The two-point conversion failed.
“The way we started the game was big,” Dial said. “Our defense gets a quick three-and-out, then we take the ball and put together a beautiful offensive drive that takes up seven or eight minutes and we find a way to punch it in the end zone.”
CRHS then made it 14-0 with 6:40 left until halftime with Tristan Browning’s 2-yard TD run and QB Adam Vance’s conversion pass to Austin Butcher.
Scott’s Conner White then scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 1:42 left to make it 14-6 at the half.
Chapmanville expanded the lead to 21-6 with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter after a 38-yard TD pass from Vance to Smith. Dillon Renniger’s extra point kick was good.
With 9:06 left in the game, the Tigers reached the end zone again smith Smith’s 20-yard touchdown run. Renniger’s PAT attempt was blocked but Chapmanville led 27-6.
Scott made it 27-12 with 6:10 to go as Kyle Wright recovered a fumble in the end zone.
It was as close as the Skyhawks could get as Chapmanville improved to 30-33-1 in the all-time series dating back to 1953 with rival Scott.
Vance finished the game 20 of 25 passing for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also had two carries for six yards.
Browning had 24 rushes for 136 yards to lead the CRHS ground attack. Smith had eight catches for 79 yards and four carries for 23 more yards with three total TDs.
Brennan Williams had three grabs for 50 yards. Austin Butcher had four catches for 32 yards. Billy Sheppard reeled in five catches for 51 yards.
Ryan Craddock had four rushes for 10 yards.
Alex Oxley led the Chapmanville defense with eight solo tackles and one assist.
Craddock had four solos and four assists, while Butcher had four solos and three assisted stops. Renniger and Seth Whitt each had four solos and two assists.
Timmy Bigley had three tackles and three assists. CJ Dalton had three solos and one assist.
Browning contributed two solos and two assists while Smith had two solos, three assists and an interception.
Tyler Barcklay had one solo and two assists. Evan Willis had one solo tackle and one assist.
Chase Berry, Vance, Sheppard, Robert Seigman and Ethan Ferrell all had one tackle for Chapmanville.
Scott’s statistics were unavailable.
The Tigers were penalized six times for 55 yards. The Skyhawks had four flags for 20 yards.
“Overall, I’m just very proud of our players for their effort and performance and if I tried to name each player by name that I thought played well, I’d list half the team,” Coach Dial said. “I also want to let everyone know how great our coaches are working together this season. They are putting together solid game plans week after week. It’s a great night to be a Tiger.”
Chapmanville is scheduled to host winless Poca (0-3, 0-2) this coming Friday night in the CRHS Hall of Fame Game. The Dots, a 54-7 loser Friday to Class A Buffalo, have lost 30 straight games dating back to 2013.
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 1-0 3-0 152 55
Logan 1-0 3-0 149 37
Chapmanville 1-2 1-2 54 47
Wayne 0-1 0-2 20 64
Scott 0-3 0-3 39 75
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Herbert Hoover 3-0 3-0 70 27
Sissonville 2-1 2-1 82 79
Winfield 1-0 1-1 49 48
Nitro 1-1 1-2 38 92
Poca 0-2 0-3 24 124
Friday, September 9 results:
Logan 40, Lincoln County 13
Chapmanville 27, Scott 12
Mingo Central 52, Sissonville 22
Herbert Hoover 43, Nitro 8
Buffalo 54, Poca 7
Wayne — OPEN DATE
Winfield — OPEN DATE
Friday, September 16
Logan at Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
*Poca at Chapmanville (Hall of Fame Game), 7:30 p.m.
*Scott at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Oak Hill at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
*Winfield at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central — OPEN DATE
Nitro — OPEN DATE
* Cardinal Conference game
High School 2016
Football Schedule (1-2):
Aug. 26: *at Sissonville, L 15-22
Sept. 2: *Herbert Hoover, L 12-13
Sept. 9: *at Scott, W 27-12
Sept. 16: *Poca (Hall of Fame Game), 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: *at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: *at Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7: Man, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14: *at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21: *Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: *Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: OPEN DATE
*Cardinal Conference game
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).