MAN, W.Va. — It’s the Man-Chapmanville week and it’s another big week for the Man High School football team.
The Hillbillies are riding high after last week’s 26-10 win on the road at Lincoln County are 4-1 and are right in the thick of the Class AA playoff race.
Man, ranked 14th in the state last week, has won four straight games after falling 48-13 on the road at county rival Logan in the season opener.
Chapmanville Regional is also hot and on a four-game winning streak of its own after last week’s 47-14 victory at Nitro.
Chapmanville stands at 4-2 after opening the season with a pair of Cardinal Conference losses to Sissonville (22-15) and Herbert Hoover (13-12).
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
It will also be Chapmanville’s annual homecoming game.
And to throw another log on the fire, the county championship will also be on the line.
Chapmanville, already with a 29-8 victory over Logan earlier in the season, can win the county title outright with a win.
If Man wins, it will force a three-way split for the title as the Billies, Tigers and Wildcats will all finish with identical 1-1 county marks. Since 2001 when the three rivals have played each other and have competed for the traveling county championship trophy, that has only happened once back in 2006.
Chapmanville and Logan each have six county titles and Man one.
Man, which dominated the non-continuous series with Chapmanville in the early days, leads the Tigers 27-12-1 all time. The first meeting in 1964 resulted in a 6-6 tie. Man then went 13-2 vs. Chapmanville — many via blowout — until 1993 when the series ended.
The biggest rout was in 1969 when Man crushed the Tigers 70-0.
Since 2000 it’s been even as Man and Chapmanville have played every year with the Tigers holding a 9-7 edge.
Last year’s game resulted in a 35-28 win by CRHS at Man as the Tigers were able to hold off a furious late rally by the Hillbillies. Chapmanville won it in the closing seconds with a deep pass to the end zone to former player Noah Dingess, breaking a 28-28 tie.
Man coach Harvey Arms said it’s been a good series over the years with the Tigers.
“It’s been a good series for both schools,” Arms said. “It’s a county game. We’ve gone from some different periods where for a long time we were the bigger school. We’ve won a few more than they did but here lately they are the bigger school and they are winning a few more than we are. The good thing is that it’s usually a tough battle and the teams play hard and well. We hope for Friday to be the same. We’re going to go and compete and play as hard as we can play.”
Man’s defense has been very good this season.
Last week was no exception as Man held Lincoln County to only 174 total yards and just 10 points with a touchdown and a field goal. The Panthers were limited to 27 rushes for 73 net yards and 101 in the air.
The Billies scored twice on defense with Seth Osborne’s 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Kayne Brown’s interception of Jake Ashley in the end zone.
“We thought our defense played really well and we had really good control of the ballgame in the second half,” Arms said. “Our defense has been the big thing for us since the first game. We’ve really improved from week to week and are playing tougher and tougher. I thought that we played pretty steady. We had a couple of mistakes but I thought overall we played real well. We had a fumble right before halftime that probably cost us a touchdown.”
Man’s defense will be put to the test against Chapmanville’s potent offense, which mostly runs out of the spread led by junior QB Adam Vance and junior wide receiver/running back Dylan Smith.
“They have a real nice passing attack,” Arms said of the Tigers. “Plus, they run the ball well also. They have a varied offense. Their quarterback plays well and they have two or three guys with good speed. They are aggressive and tough on defense. It’s going to be a tough game for us as all of the games have been. There’s no easy games left for us. Every game will be a challenge. Friday will be no different.”
Last week at Nitro, Vance was 15 of 20 passing for 308 yards and three touchdowns — all to Smith. Vance also rushed for two scores.
Smith had seven catches for 205 yards and have five total touchdowns, also running in from 3 yards out and intercepting a pass 95 yards for a score on defense. He had TD grabs of 31, 22 and 67.
On the season, Vance is 89 of 125 passing for 1,307 yards with 10 TDs and four interceptions. Smith has 38 catches for 657 yards and eight touchdowns and 34 rushes for 200 yards and six more scores for 14 total.
Tristan Browning, who left the game early last week after a high ankle sprain, leads the Chapmanville rushing attack with 95 carries for 538 yards and six TDs.
Ryan Craddock filled in for Browning last week and had 10 carries for 107 yards.
The Tigers also have threats at wideout in Austin Butcher (20 catches, 231 yards and a TD), Billy Shepherd (20 catches, 261 yards and a TD) and Brennan Williams (eight catches, 86 yards).
Man is led by quarterback Cameron Simpson who has completed 35 of 65 passes for 368 yards with two touchdowns and one pick.
Freshman Zach Frye leads Man’s balanced rushing attack with 43 carries for 167 yards and two TDs. Kyle Browning has 28 rushes for 130 yards and four scores on the season. Freshman Dylan Morris has 36 totes for 126 yards and two scores.
At wide receiver, Trey Whitt has 14 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Hillbillies. Matt Sanders has reeled in 10 passes for 107 yards and a score.
Man kicker Zach Cook is 9 of 14 in his point after touchdown boots and has yet to attempt a field goal.
Chapmanville has won nine out of the last 10 meetings with Man.
— The Man defense is featured in Wednesday’s Logan Banner sports. Chapmanville coach Rob Dial will comment on the game in Thursday’s sports.
Football Friday night
WHAT: No. 14 Man (4-1) at Chapmanville (4-2), CRHS Homecoming Game
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tiger Stadium, Chapmanville, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Chapmanville beat Nitro 47-14, Man beat Lincoln County 26-10
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Chapmanville won 35-28
SERIES SINCE 2000: Chapmanville leads 9-7
ALL-TIME SERIES: Man leads 27-12-1
Man vs. Chapmanville
All-Time Football Series
(Man leads 27-12-1)
2015: Chapmanville 35, Man 28
2014: Chapmanville 26, Man 20 (2OT)
2013: Man 26, Chapmanville 22
2012: Chapmanville 20, Man 0
2011: Chapmanville 61, Man 14
2010: Chapmanville 55, Man 26
2009: Chapmanville 16, Man 14
2008: Chapmanville 21, Man 3
2007: Chapmanville 40, Man 12
2006: Chapmanville 8, Man 0
2005: Man 28, Chapmanville 14
2004: Man 48, Chapmanville 20
2003: Man 20, Chapmanville 12
2002: Man 12, Chapmanville 8
2001: Man 13, Chapmanville 12
2000: Man 38, Chapmanville 19
1993: Man 40, Chapmanville 0
1992: Man 39, Chapmanville 13
1991: Man 38, Chapmanville 0
1990: Man 14, Chapmanville 8
1989: Man 31, Chapmanville 8
1988: Man 23, Chapmanville 0
1987: Man 17, Chapmanville 0
1986: Chapmanville 43, Man 7
1985: Chapmanville 14, Man 9
1984: Man 48, Chapmanville 16
1969: Man 70, Chapmanville 0
1968: Man 57, Chapmanville 0
1967: Man 20, Chapmanville 0
1966: Man 31, Chapmanville 7
1965: Man 25, Chapmanville 6
1964: Man 6, Chapmanville 6 (tie)