CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — It was a big night for Chapmanville Regional High School quarterback Adam Vance and wide receiver/running back Dylan Smith.
Vance completed 18-of-28 passes for 361 yards and Smith scored five touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 53-20 win over the Poca Dots on Friday night in the annual Chapmanville Hall of Fame Game.
After a pair of opening season losses to Sissonville and Herbert Hoover, the Tigers have now won two straight and have evened things up at 2-2 overall and 2-2 in the Cardinal Conference ahead of this week’s big county showdown at Logan.
For Poca, the woes continued as the Dots (0-4, 0-3) lost their 31st consecutive game dating back to the 2013 season.
Chapmanville held a commanding 35-7 halftime lead.
The Dots were able to scored a pair of third quarter touchdowns to pull to within 35-20 but the Tigers then crossed the goal line three more times to turn the game into a rout.
Vance hooked up with Smith on strikes of 46, 67 and 40 yards. Smith also scored on an 11-yard toss sweep and added a 45-yard fumble return on defense for the fifth score.
Dial said Smith, the leading receiver in the Cardinal Conference, is a potent weapon. Smith finished with six catches for 177 yards and an additional three carries for 26 yards for 203 all-purpose yards.
“He’s a great athlete and a great young man,” Dial said of Smith. “We’re real proud of him. Up front, our offensive line did a good job giving our quarterback time to make completions. Early in the game Poca kind of played us in press coverage. That allowed Dylan with his athleticism to get on top. We completed some passes and that loosened them up. It was important for us to stretch the field early in the game to allow our offense to do what we like to do.”
Vance also did an outstanding job for the Tigers, Dial said.
“Our job on offense is that we’ve got to protect the football,” he said. “We have to put guys in position to make plays and we did that tonight. Adam did a good job and executed. They blitzed us heavy in the second half. They were really taking away the run. We wanted to run the ball some in the second half but we had to do and take what the defense was giving us.”
Poca got back into the game in the third quarter.
Joseph Cottrill scored on a 5-yard run with 9:42 left to make it 35-13. Austin Butcher of CRHS broke through the line with two teammates and blocked the extra point kick.
Poca’s Bronson Skeens then picked off a Vance pass and four plays later snared a 47-yard TD pass from Dots’ QB Jacob McClanahan to inch Poca to within 35-20 with 6:11 to go.
“We didn’t play very well in the third quarter,” Dial said. “Beyond that we played pretty good. We shouldn’t be upset about winning 53-20 but we’ve got to get better regardless of who we play every time we come out on the practice field or the game field. We must do the little things that make us better because you are only as good as the next time you play. Tonight, we got better in some areas but you also saw some things in which we need to improve.”
Chapmanville then put the Dots away with a trio of scores.
With 2:22 remaining in the third period, Vance tossed an 11-yard TD pass to running back Tristan Browning. Backup kicker Fidelis Nwafor’s PAT was no good but the Tigers had expanded the lead to 41-20.
Then with 3:54 left in the game, Ryan Craddock crashed into the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 47-20. Nwafor’s extra point kick sailed wide left.
Chapmanville then gave the Dots a going away present with 2:20 left as Smith picked off a pass by McClanahan and raced to the house for a 45-yard score. Nwafor again missed the PAT.
The Tigers scored on the third play from scrimmage as Vance tossed a 46-yard bomb to Smith at the 10:27 mark. The PAT was good by Dillon Renniger as CRHS led 7-0.
Poca moved the ball to the Chapmanville 38-yard line on its first drive but a fourth-and-eight pass play fell incomplete.
Six plays later, Vance and Smith hooked up for a 23-yard TD pass. The score, however, was nullified by a holding penalty by the Tigers.
Then five snaps later, Chapmanville reached pay dirt with Smith’s 11-yard TD run. Tristan Browning ran in the 2-point conversion and the Tigers led 15-0 with 4:05 to go in the opening period.
The Dots then cut the margin to 15-7 as McClanahan fired a 26-yard TD pass to Skeens.
Chapmanville answered two plays later with Vance’s 67-yard bomb to Smith. After the Renniger kick it was 22-7 Tigers with 10:53 left until halftime.
Three snaps later, Chapmanville’s Billy Sheppard intercepted McClanahan and raced 47 yards for a touchdown. The score, however, was wiped out on a clipping penalty by the Tigers. Chapmanville still got the ball at the Poca 22 and two plays later were in the end zone again with a 9-yard TD run by Browning. After the Renniger kick CRHS led 29-7.
The Dots were then forced to punt on a three-and-out.
Chapmanville took over on its own 30 and then embarked on a seven-play, 70-yard drive, capped off by a 40-yard TD pass from Vance to Smith. The PAT attempt was blocked but CRHS led 35-7.
The drive was kept alive on a big third-and-six conversion as Vance tossed a 27-yard pass to Sheppard to the Poca 39.
Browning finished with 14 rushes for 72 yards and the two TDs. Sheppard had three catches for 58 yards. Brennan Williams had two catches for 14 yards. Butcher had five grabs for 56 yards.
Craddock had three rushes for nine yards. Josh Bumgarner had two carries for five yards. Garrett Dingess also had a carry for no yards.
On defense, Sheppard had six solo tackles, one assist and one interception. Timmy Bigley had six solos, three assists and a sack. Craddock had five solos and four assists, while Evan Willis had four tackles, one assisted stop and one sack. Alex Oxley had four tackles and three assists.
Tyler Barcklay had three solos and three assists. Smith contributed three solo tackles, one assist and one fumble return for a TD. Renniger also had three tackles on the night and a pass breakup. Seth Whitt had three tackles, two assists and one sack.
Williams and Butcher each had a pair of tackles and two assists. Hunter Long finished with two tackles and one caused fumble. Chase Berry had two tackles.
CJ Dalton had one solo and two assisted stops, while Browning had one solo and one assist.
Andrew Kirk and Zack Workman each had one tackle. Robert Seigman had a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter.
Poca had 285 total yards. The Dots had 33 rushes for 118 yards. McClanahan was 9 of 24 passing for 167 yards.
The Dots were penalized nine times for 65 yards. The Tigers had seven flags for 70 yards.
* Chapmanville’s Dylan Smith was the leading receiver in the Cardinal Conference heading into Friday night’s Poca game as he had a league-best 21 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
* Chapmanville’s Tristan Browning was the Cardinal Conference’s third leading rusher. Browning had 52 carries for 289 yards and two touchdowns.
Sissonville’s Austin Cook was the top rusher with 67 carries for 395 yards. Herbert Hoover’s Colten Rollyson was second with 36 attempts for 320 yards and three TDs.
* CRHS quarterback Adam Vance was the league’s third leading passer as he was 46 of 63 for 525 yards with three TDs and three interceptions.
* Chapmanville is scheduled to return to action with this Friday night’s big county and conference game at Logan. The Wildcats are 3-1 after losing at Point Pleasant on Friday night, 41-12.
Logan leads the all-time series 8-7 with Chapmanville. The Tigers have won the last two meetings.
“Logan is a great team and a great program,” Dial said. “(Logan coach) Gary (Mullins) does an excellent job coaching them. He’s been coaching there 13 years now. He’s got a great staff and they’ve been together so they know each other. We’re expecting a tough battle on Friday night. Most of the time the game is very competitive. It doesn’t matter who comes into the game as the favorite. It seems like it’s always been a good hard fought game and that’s what we expect on Friday night.”
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Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 1-0 3-0 152 55
Logan 1-0 3-1 161 78
Chapmanville 2-2 2-2 121 73
Wayne 0-1 1-2 78 85
Scott 0-4 0-4 63 129
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Winfield 2-0 2-1 100 96
Sissonville 3-1 3-1 122 97
Herbert Hoover 3-1 3-1 118 78
Nitro 1-1 1-2 38 92
Poca 0-3 0-4 44 177
Friday, September 16 results:
Point Pleasant 41, Logan 12
Chapmanville 53, Poca 20
Sissonville 40, Scott 18
Wayne 58, Oak Hill 21
Winfield 51, Herbert Hoover 48
Mingo Central — OPEN DATE
Nitro — OPEN DATE
Friday, September 23 games:
*Chapmanville at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
*Mingo Central at Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
*Scott at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
*Wayne at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover — OPEN DATE
Sissonville — OPEN DATE
*Cardinal Conference game
High School 2016
Football Schedule (2-2):
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), W 53-20
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).