NITRO, W.Va. — Sandwiched between games against county rivals Logan and Man the Chapmanville Regional High School football team did not want to have a letdown on Friday night at Nitro.
The Tigers were very business-like and took care of the Wildcats, winning 47-14 over Nitro at Nitro’s Underwood Field.
Chapmanville, a week after winning 29-8 on the road at arch rival Logan, improved to 4-2 overall and 4-2 in the Cardinal Conference with the victory.
Nitro, playing its first year as a Class AA school in the Cardinal, dropped to 1-4, 1-3, Nitro, which also had its homecoming game spoiled by the Tigers, only have a 9-6 win over the lowly Poca Dots this season.
It was the first ever meeting between Chapmanville and Nitro in football.
Chapmanville was playing the game with heavy hearts following the tragic death of junior student Haley Adkins, who was killed in a car accident on Wednesday.
A memorial with Adkins’ picture on a chair was placed on the Nitro track prior to the game. Out of respect, the Nitro PA announcer offered prayer and a moment of silence just before kickoff.
Chapmanville was led in the game by junior Dylan Smith, who scored five touchdowns — three on pass receptions, one rushing and one on defense on a 95-yard interception return on Nitro quarterback James Buckalew.
“I felt like we came out the gate strong,” Chapmanville coach Rob Dial said. “In the first half, we exectuted the offense and the defense very well. Offensively, we were able to take advantage of what they were giving us. They were playing some man coverage and we recognized that and was able to get the ball to some of our playmakers.”
In the second quarter, Chapmanville lost starting running back Tristan Browning due to a high ankle sprain. Ryan Craddock then filled in and did a great job, rushing for 104 yards by halftime alone. Craddock finished with 106 yards on 10 carries.
“Tristan was a kid who rushed for more than 100 yards last week,” Dial said. “Ryan Craddock then stepped right in there. He’s a starting linebacker for us but he also plays running back. He had over 100 yards in the first half. Credit him and the offensive line for blocking so well up front.”
Smith had touchdown grabs of 31, 22 and 67 and also scored on a 3-yard run and his long interception return. For the night he had seven catches for 204 yards.
QB Adam Vance passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns on 15 of 20 passing and scored on two runs covering 28 and 6 yards.
“He’s a great athlete and a great young man,” Dial said of Smith. “He plays hard and he’s a true team player. We know what we’ve got with him.”
Vance hooked up with Smith on a 31-yard TD strike at the 8:35 mark of the first quarter to put Chapmanville on top 7-0. The extra point kick by Dillon Renniger was good.
The play before, Smith’s 26-yard TD catch was called back due to an illegal man downfield penality.
Smith then scored on a 3-yard toss sweep with 4:51 left in the first, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead.
Late in the first quarter with 1:42 to go, Vance took a keeper and dashed in for a 28-yard touchdown. Renniger’s PAT sailed wide left but CRHS led 20-0.
In the early moments of the second quarter, Craddock gave the Tigers a charge as he crashed through the line and rumbled 65 yards to the Nitro 4-yard line.
Then after a Chapmanville penalty, Vance tossed to Smith for a 22-yard touchdown with 10:53 left until halftime. Renniger’s kick was good and the Tigers led 27-0.
Chapmanville’s Austin Butcher then intercepted Buckalew at the CRHS 30 and returned it 37 yards to the Chapmanville 27.
However, two plays later, the Tigers fumbled the ball away inside the 5 and the Wildcats returned it all the way to the 40.
The CRHS defense then forced a three-and-out punt.
Ten plays later, the Tigers were in the end zone again with Vance’s 6-yard run to make it 33-0 at the 3:57 mark of the second period. Renniger’s kick was no good.
Nitro got on board on its next drive as Buckalew tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Nick Reip to make it 33-7 with 44.5 ticks to go.
Chapmanville struck pay dirt on the next play from scrimmage with Vance’s 67-yard bomb to Smith with 22.8 ticks left to make it 40-7. Renniger’s PAT was good. Smith was able to catch the ball at the Nitro 40, break a tackle and then sprint to the house.
Nitro finished the first half with a bang as Buckalew lofted a 50-yard TD pass to Jason Douglas on the final play to make it 40-14 at the half.
The Wildcats held possession of the ball almost the entire third quarter but gave one away as Buckalew was picked off by Smith, who raced 95 yards for a touchdown with 4:12 left. After the Renniger PAT the Tigers led 47-14.
That finished out the scoring as neither team was able to dent the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
“It was a great game and a good team win,” Vance said after the game. “Our offensive line stepped up big time and blocked well. Our receivers just got open. Dylan (Smith) played well. He’s quick as a cat.”
Smith said the O-line also played outstanding.
“You can’t do that without the offensive line and the quarterback,” he said of his big night. “He threw it to me every time perfect. I’ve worked really hard on the off-season with my quickness.”
Browning had two rushes for five yards before leaving the game due to injury. Backup running back Garret Dingess had five carries for 51 yards. Josh Bumgarner had two totes for five yards. Nick Collier had two attempts for eight yards.
Chapmanville’s Austin Butcher had four catches for 67 yards. Billy Shepherd had three catches for 21 yards. Peyton Hensley had one grab for nine yards. Hunter Long reeled in one pass for 16 yards.
Freshman and backup QB Chase Berry came into the game late and completed his only pass for nine yards.
On defense, Chapmanville was led by Butcher, who had six solo tackles, one assist and a TD. He also punted once for 20 yards. Evan Willis had six solos and two assists. Timmy Bigley had five solos and two assists.
Berry had four solos, four assists and a sack. Craddock and Seth Whitt each had four tackles and three assist.
Shepherd had three solos and two assists. Dalton had three solos and one assist. Renniger had three tackles for the game.
Smith contributed two solos, two assists and the pick six. Tyler Barcklay and Bumgarner each had two solos and two assists. Long had two solos and one assist. Brennan Williams and Jeremy Green each had two stops.
Sam Craddock, Devin Vance, Robert Seigman, Ethan Ferrell and Aaron Smith each had a tackle. Smith also had an assist. Fidelis Nwafor had two assists.
The Tigers were penalized 19 times for 180 yards. Nitro had 11 flags for 100 yards.
Chapmanville has a huge homecoming game next Friday night as the county rival Man Hillbillies come to Tiger Town. Man (4-1), is riding a four-game winning streak and is ranked No. 14 in the state following Friday night’s 26-10 victory at winless Lincoln County.
The county championship is also for the taking for the Tigers. If Man wins, all three county teams will finish 1-1 in county play for a three-way share of the title. Man lost 48-13 at Logan in the season opener.
“Any time you play a county rival it’s a big game,” Dial said. “We have to clean up a lot of stuff this week. We had 19 penalties. That’s way too many. We didn’t have the best week of practice this week. We were still riding high after our big win seven days ago and we didn’t practice as well as we should have. That’s my fault. I’ll take responsibility for that. I think that we’ll have a focused week of practice.”
Vance said Man will be tough to beat. The Tigers won 35-28 over the Billies last year on the road, staving off a late Man comeback.
“They are always tough. It’s for the county championship and I love the atmosphere in that game,” Vance said.
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 3-0 5-0 246 61
Chapmanville 4-2 4-2 197 95
Logan 1-1 3-2 169 107
Scott 1-4 1-4 101 143
Wayne 0-3 1-4 100 142
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Herbert Hoover 4-1 4-1 166 78
Sissonville 4-1 4-1 150 123
Winfield 3-1 3-2 149 146
Nitro 1-3 1-4 58 199
Poca 0-5 0-6 58 263
Friday, September 30 results
Chapmanville 47, Nitro 14
Mingo Central 34, Wayne 0
Sissonville 28, Winfield 26
Herbert Hoover 48, Poca 0
Logan — OPEN DATE
Scott — OPEN DATE
Friday, October 7 games
Logan at John Marshall, 7:30 p.m.
Man at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Winfield at Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
*Cardinal Conference game
2016 Football Schedule (4-2):
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, W 29-8
Sept. 30: *at Nitro, W 47-14
Oct. 7: Man (Homecoming), 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 protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).