CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Getting off the schneid was big for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team last week as the Tigers picked up their first win of the season at Scott, 27-12.
Now, Chapmanville (1-2 overall and 1-2 in the Cardinal Conference) has a great opportunity to even things up as the struggling Poca Dots (0-3, 0-2) come to town on Friday night for the annual Chapmanville Hall of Fame Game.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Chapmanville will be heavily favored against the Dots, a once-proud program that is currently riding a state long 30-game losing skid dating back to 2013.
Poca, which won three straight Class AAA state titles in the early 2000s, has endured back-to-back 0-10 seasons and had hoped to turn things around this season.
It hasn’t gone that way as the Dots have dropped their first three games to start the season.
The Dots were blasted 54-7 at home last week by Class A county rival Buffalo. Two weeks ago, the Dots went to Logan and were hammered by the Wildcats 61-11. In Week One, Poca came close but lost 9-6 to Nitro, another program which has suffered hard times of late.
The Tigers hope to keep up the momentum on Friday night but Coach Rob Dial won’t let his team overlook the Dots, a program which wants the victory bell to ring at some point. In the meantime, Dial said it was good to get that first win last week.
“It’s always good to get a win on Friday night,” Dial said. “It made for a good weekend. Beating Scott made our players really happy and proud. We had a great bus ride. I don’t think I have ever seen a bus ride as happy as it was when we came back to Chapmanville. We felt like we beat a quality Scott team and we felt like we played our best game of the season up until this point.”
Chapmanville leads Poca 8-4 in the all-time series and have won eight straight over the Dots, including last year’s 55-14 romp.
In 2010, the two teams had a shootout with the Tigers winning 69-66 at home. The game featured an eight-touchdown night by CRHS running back Jake Robinson and a combined 1,100 total yards.
“The Chapmanville-Poca game has always been a good, quality ballgame,” said Dial, who was Chapmanville’s Offensive Coordinator in the 2010 game. “It has come down to the very last play a couple of times. You can’t go into any game overconfident. You just have to prepare hard and make your team as good as you can possibly be so you can come out with a win on Friday night.”
Poca allowed a Buffalo tailback to go off last week for 257 yards rushing.
The Dots showed some flashes of offensive firepower but could not really get anything going.
“Buffalo is a good football team. They have speed, size, great skill players and they’re coached well.” Poca coach Seth Ramsey told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “We just gotta keep learning and keep our nose to the grindstone and get better at fundamentals for the long run. Rome wasn’t built in a day. We’ve got to get better at getting off the ball and getting to our blocks.”
The Dots were led by senior running back Caleb Hodges, who rushed for 71 yards in the first half and closed out with 147 yards on 25 carries. He scored the Dots’ only touchdown of the night on a 66-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Poca also got 46 yards on eight carries from Dakota Meadows.
Dots’ quarterback Jacob McClanahan was sacked three times.
“They have a really good quarterback who stands in the pocket and throws good passes,” Dial said. “He’s fairly tall and he’s an athletic kid. They have a really good receiver that we saw in the Gridorama at Scott that we were impressed with. They also have a couple of good running backs. He (Hodges) runs the ball hard. For us, defensively, we have to line up correctly, fly to the football and make sure that we tackle well. That was an improvement last week.”
Chapmanville is led by junior quarterback Adam Vance, who finished the game 20 of 25 passing for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Tristan Browning had 24 rushes for 136 yards to lead the CRHS ground attack against Scott. Dylan 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.
On the season, Vance is 46 of 63 passing (73.1 percent) for 525 yards with four touchdowns and three picks.
Smith is the Tigers’ leading receiver with 21 catches for 247 yards and a TD. Browning is the leading rusher with 52 carries for 289 yards and two scores.
“We just have to continue to do what we do on offense,” Dial said. “We are pretty much a 50-50 team as far as run and pass. We’ve been very efficient in our completion percentage as well as the way that we have been running the football.”
Alex Oxley led the Chapmanville defense with eight solo tackles and one assist last week.
— Look for more on the Chapmanville-Poca game in Friday’s Logan Banner sports section.
Football Friday night
WHAT: Poca (0-3, 0-2) at Chapmanville (1-2, 1-2), Chapmanville Hall of Fame Game
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tiger Stadium, Chapmanville, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Poca lost 54-7 to Buffalo, Chapmanville won 27-12 at Scott.
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Chapmanville beat Poca 55-14
ALL-TIME SERIES: Chapmanville leads 8-4
Chapmanville vs. Poca
Football Series Last 10 years
(Chapmanville leads 8-1)
2015: Chapmanville 55, Poca 14
2014: Chapmanville 34, Poca 14
2013: Chapmanville 34, Poca 31
2012: Chapmanville 34, Poca 33
2011: Chapmanville 37, Poca 13
2010: Chapmanville 69, Poca 66
2009: Chapmanville 30, Poca 26
2008: Chapmanville 28, Poca 12
2007: Poca 28, Chapmanville 14
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 68 53
Wayne 0-1 0-2 20 64
Scott 0-3 0-3 45 89
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 16 games:
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
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
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).