CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — In the last 10 meetings with county rival Man the Chapmanville Regional High School football team has won nine of those.
The Tigers hope to keep the trend going on Friday night as Class AA No. 16 Chapmanville (4-2) hosts Man No. 12 Man (4-1) in the annual CRHS Homecoming Game.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Both teams are riding four-game winning streaks ahead of the county showdown.
Just like last year’s matchup in the “Battle of the Unbeatens,” both teams are ranked and hoping to move up the playoff ladder.
Chapmanville, which won 47-14 at Nitro last week, are taking on a Man team which defeated Lincoln County 26-10 on the road last week and is red hot.
Tigers’ coach Rob Dial said it’s a typical blue collar Man team that his squad will face on Friday night.
“We’re very impressed with Man,” Dial said. “Coach Harvey Arms and his staff do a great job year in and year out. They are a typical Man football team and I mean that with the utmost respect. They are a very tough physical football team. They are a ball control kind of offense and they run the football at you. They also have a good push up front with their very good offensive line.”
Dial said Man has a balanced and sound rushing attack, a staple of Harvey Arms-coached teams over the years.
“Their running backs run hard and they are very disciplined,” Dial said. “They also protect the football and that’s important to any offense. They don’t make many mistakes to beat themselves and I think that’s why they have won four games.”
Man’s defense has also played well in its winning streak.
“Defensively, they are sound,” Dial said. “They line up well and play aggressive. They also play a lot of guys. They seem to have some depth from a numbers standpoint and they have a good mix of some upperclassmen as well as some freshmen and sophomores that play for them. We expect a battle on Friday night and we think that it’s going to be a good game.”
Chapmanville hopes to get starting running back Tristan Browning back into the lineup. Browning started last week at Nitro but left the game early due to a high ankle sprain. Ryan Craddock then filled in for Browning, rushing for 107 yards on 10 carries. On the season, Browning has 95 rushes for 538 yards and six touchdowns.
“We got a good report on Monday with Tristan,” Dial said. “We’re hoping that we will have his services on Friday night. We’re banged up a little bit. Any team that plays six consecutive games you are going to be banged up some regardless of the level. We have some guys that we need to get healthy completely but they are going to play anyway.”
Logan is led by junior quarterback Adam Vance, who has completed 89 passes for 1,307 yards this season with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Dylan Smith, a junior, is the Tigers’ top playmaker. He has 38 catches for 657 yards and eight touchdowns and has an additional 200 yards rushing and six scores.
Smith had five touchdowns last week at Nitro, including three receiving, one rushing and one on defense when he intercepted Nitro QB James Buckalew and raced 95 yards to pay dirt.
The Tigers’ Billy Shepherd has 20 grabs for 261 yards and a touchdown on the season and Austin Butcher has 20 catches for 231 yards.
Dial said his team has been able to add some depth as the season has progressed.
“One good thing about us this year is that we’ve been able to develop some depth as the season has gone on,” he said. “In the opener against Sissonville we didn’t play a lot of guys and that really hurt us. Some of those newer and younger guys were not ready to play but that has changed for us. We’ve been able to slowly integrate some players back onto the field in a varity of the roles.”
Others got into the game last week at Nitro and that has only added to Chapmanville’s depth.
“We’re playing roughly about 25 players,” Dial said. “That’s not bad but we would like to play a few more. When Tristan went down to injury we used Chase Berry, a freshman, on defense. He did a good job for us. Hunter Long is another guy who just came back out for football this year for the first time since his freshman year. He played well on Friday night and caught a big third down pass for us. Peyton Hensley, Zack Workman and AJ Kirk also contributed. A lot of guys who are not starters have really stepped up.”
On defense, the Tigers are led by Craddock, who has 54 total tackles (33 solos and 21 assists) with two fumble recoveries and a sack.
Timmy Bigley has 45 total stops and two sacks. Alex Oxley has 33 total tackles. Evan Willis has 31 stops and a pair of sacks. Smith has 34 tackles, a sack, two picks (one for a score) and a fumble return for a touchdown.
Butcher has 40 tackles, three sacks and a pick, while Seth Whitt has 45 tackles and a sack.
Dillon Renniger has 28 tackles and a pick. Shepherd has 25 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Cornerback CJ Dalton has contributed 19 tackles and Browning 24 with two sacks and a caused fumble. Tyler Barcklay has 24 stops as well on the season.
On special teams, Renniger is 11 of 14 on the season in extra point kicks. Butcher is averaging 34.8 yards per punt.
Last year’s game was a classic as Chapmanville staved off a late comeback from homestanding Man with a 35-28 win in a battle of undefeated teams.
Man, led last year by senior QB John Thomas Keffer, trailed 28-6 late in the third quarter but managed to forge a 28-28 tie.
Chapmanville then won it with 17 seconds left as QB Alex Berry tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Noah Dingess.
“I was up in the pressbox that game,” Dial said. “Last year was just a phenomenal game. We jumped on top of them early and John Thomas Keffer, their quarterback, rallied them back and played one of the very best football games from a single player in the second half that I’ve seen.”
Dial said he hopes the Tigers can gain early momentum against the Billies this year and propel the team to victory.
“Momentum is so big in a football game,” Dial said. “If you look at the Logan-Man game this year Logan got a lot of momentum early and Man wasn’t able to recover. But look at what Man has done since. Man is a good football team. We expect a battle on Friday night.”
Football Friday night
WHAT: No. 12 Man (4-1) at No. 16 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
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, October 7 games
Man at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Logan at John Marshall, 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
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
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).