CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — It was a big night for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team on Friday night.
The Tigers accomplished three things as Class AA No. 16-ranked Chapmanville defeated county rival and No. 12 Man, 40-21, before a packed crowd at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
One, it was homecoming for CRHS and the Tigers were happy to come away victorious. You never want to lose your homecoming game.
Two, the Tigers (5-2) won their fifth straight game and stayed in the thick of the Double-A playoff chase.
Three, Chapmanville was able to claim its third straight county championship coupled with a convincing 29-8 win over Logan two weeks ago.
The Tigers have now taken seven county titles since the traveling trophy series was established. Logan has six crowns and Man one. On two other occassions the trio of teams split for the title with identical 1-1 marks.
Man dropped to 4-2 on the season with the loss and saw its Class AA chances of reaching the playoffs get that much tougher with games ahead against Bluefield and Point Pleasant and Class A schools Tug Valley and Van which wouldn’t give the Hillbillies that many points in the WVSSAC’s playoff system.
CRHS coach Rob Dial said it was a great win by his surging Tigers.
“I’m very proud of being able to come in and win the county championship,” Dial said. “There’s just something special about homecoming here at Chapmanville. I mean this with the utmost respect: Man is a great football team. It was a great game and it was back and forth. I’m proud to be from this community. I feel our players played hard and represented the school and the community well tonight.”
The game went back and forth early with Man tying it up twice at 7 and 14.
Chapamanville then went up for good, 21-14, with Dylan Smith’s 7-yard touchdown run at the 6:02 mark of the second quarter. Dillon Renniger’s PAT kick was good.
Man got the ball back but fumbled it away at the CRHS 45-yard line.
Six snaps later, the Tigers scored a touchdown on the last play of the half as QB Adam Vance scrambled and lofted a high arching pass to a jumping Brennan Williams in the end zone for a 7-yard score. The Tigers faked the PAT and failed on a 2-point attempt but went into the half up 27-14.
Williams had a big night for Chapmanville, also catching a 20-yard touchdown pass from Vance with 50.5 ticks to go in the first quarter as the Tigers led 14-7. He had three catches for 45 yards.
“Brennan Williams is sometimes the guy that people forget about,” Dial said. “Whenever a lot of other guys get more attention he just finds ways to get open. He’s gotten better every single game this year. He’s going to continue to get better. I thought our quarterback did a good job of keeping plays alive when there really wasn’t much there.”
Also having a big night on both sides of the ball was Chapmanville’s Billy Shepherd, who reeled in a 53-yard TD pass from Vance on the opening drive, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 9:46 to go. Shepherd finished with six catches for 125 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Shepherd intercepted two Cameron Simpson passes, had a fumble recovery and also had five solo tackles and two assists.
“Billy Shepherd had a special game tonight,” Dial said. “I’m so happy for him. He’s a guy that worked hard in the weight room in the off-season. He’s a ‘Yes sir, no sir’ kind of guy. He deserves to have the kind of success that he had tonight.”
Vance has a big game as well as he completed 19 of 26 passes for an even 300 yards and four touchdowns.
Dial said his team felt comfortable in the passing game against the Billies.
“Offensively, we played really well in the first half in the pass game,” Dial said. “We felt like that was something that we could do coming in. We liked some of the matchups that we had as far as spreading it out and throwing them the ball. Our offensive line did pretty good, especially in the second half when we started to run the ball and have more ball control.”
Man tied it 7-7 with quarterback Cameron Simpson’s 1-yard sneak with 4:06 to go in the first quarter. Kicker Zach Cook’s extra point boot was good.
After the go-ahead Williams touchdown, the Billies tied it again at 14 with Jake Frye’s 5-yard touchdown run with 9:57 to go until the half. Cook’s extra point kick again split the uprights.
Down two scores in the second half, Man looked to get back into the game.
With 6:35 left in the third quarter on the first play of its drive, Simpson tossed a 49-yard TD pass to Matt Sanders. After the Cook kick it was only a 27-21 lead for the Tigers.
Chapmanville then answered on the very next play as Vance scrambled, avoided the sack and fired a 65-yard touchdown pass to Austin Butcher. After the Renniger kick it was 34-21. Butcher finished with seven catches for 102 yards and the score. He also ran with the ball three times for four yards.
The Tigers then put the game out of reach with 5:31 left as Craddock scored on a 1-yard TD run to make it 40-21. The 2-point conversion failed.
“Austin Butcher played a lot of Iron Man football,” Dial said. “So did Ryan Craddock. Our seniors really stepped up tonight and played very well for us. I’m tickled to death for us. Everyone just has to continue to work and get better.”
Simpson was picked off by Shepherd with 5:05 left. Chapmanville then fumbled it right back to the Billies but Man was by then running out of time.
The Billies made it all the way to the CRHS 2-yard line in the closing seconds but were kept out of the end zone on the final play of the game.
Smith finished with seven carries for 50 yards and two catches for 15 yards. Peyton Hensley had one grab for 13 yards.
Ryan Craddock had nine rushes for 25 yards. Sam Craddock had one carry for six yards.
The Tigers had 373 yards of total offense, including 22 rushes for a net 73 yards.
On defense, Evan Willis led the Tigers with eight solo tackles and five assists. Seth Whitt also led CRHS with eight solos and three assists.
Ryan Craddock had five solos and five assisted stops. Timmy Bigley and CJ Dalton each had five tackles and three assists.
Butcher had four solos and three assists. He also punted three times for an average of 36.3 yards per kick. He also pinned the Billes inside the 20 with one punt.
Smith had three solos, four assists and one pick. Zach Workman had three tackles, while Chase Berry and Tyler Barcklay each had two solos and two assists.
Renniger and Robert Seigman had two solos each. Devin Vance had one tackle.
Chapmanville was penalized eight times for 67 yards. The Billies had seven flags for 26 yards.
Man’s statistics were unavailable.
Man is scheduled to host Bluefield (2-5) next Friday night in its annual homecoming game. Chapmanville plays at No. 4-ranked and undefeated Mingo Central (5-0) on Friday.
The Miners rolled 62-20 over the winless Poca Dots on Friday. MCHS led 62-6 at halftime then called off the dogs.
Both games have 7:30 p.m. kick times.
“They are undefeated and very few teams have even played close to them,” Dial said of the Miners. “They have an outstanding quarterback, an outstanding running back and outstanding receivers. Their line is mammoth. Defensively, they play lights out. We have a monumental task in front of us. We’re going to go up there and compete hard.”
* Gara Fleming was crowned at halftime as the Chapmanville homecoming queen (Miss CRHS). Skippy Lambert was voted as Mr. CRHS.
* There were a few injuries in Friday night’s game.
Man QB Simpson left on the last drive of the game due to injury and was carted off on a golf cart. His status is unknown.
Chapmanville also lost freshman Chase Berry with an ankle injury. He left via ambulance. Berry, the son of assistant coach Bo Berry and the younger brother to former QB Alex Berry, had been getting increased playing time at outside linebacker.
It’s a big loss to the team.
Chase Berry is also Chapmanville’s backup quarterback and holder on extra point and field goal attempts. In last week’s 47-14 win at Nitro, he had a sack.
CRHS also played the game without leading rusher Tristan Browning, who sustained a high ankle sprain last week at Nitro.
“Chase is a freshman and a coach’s son,” Dial said. “When you are a coach’s son you know the game. He’s done so well for us. He’s our holder, our backup quarterback and he’s played the last two games at linebacker. That’s another injury and that means somebody else is going to have to step up and help us out. Hopefully, we can get Tristan back healthy next week.”
Chapmanville has also been without lineman Alex Oxley, who is recovering from having an appendectomy.
“He’s been out since the Logan game,” Dial said.
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 4-0 6-0 308 81
Chapmanville 4-2 5-2 238 116
Logan 1-1 3-3 175 120
Scott 2-4 2-4 149 163
Wayne 0-4 1-5 120 190
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Sissonville 5-1 5-1 150 123
Winfield 4-1 4-2 239 186
Herbert Hoover 4-2 4-2 185 105
Nitro 1-4 1-5 79 262
Poca 0-6 0-7 78 325
Friday, October 7 games
Chapmanville 40, Man 21
John Marshall 13, Logan 6
Mingo Central 62, Poca 20
Scott 48, Wayne 20
Winfield 63, Nitro 21
Sissonville 27, Herbert Hoover 19
Friday, October 14 games
*Chapmanville at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Logan at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Scott at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
*Herbert Hoover at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
*Sissonville at Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
*Winfield at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
*Cardinal Conference game
High School 2016
Football Schedule (5-2):
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), W 40-21
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
2016 Man High School
Football Schedule (4-2):
Aug. 25: at Logan (Coalfield Kickoff Classic), L 13-48
Sept. 2: Mount View (Hall of Fame Game), W 45-44 (3OT)
Sept. 9: Westside, W 27-14
Sept. 16: at River View, W 7-0 (OT)
Sept. 23: Open Date
Sept. 30: at Lincoln County, W 25-10
Oct. 7: at Chapmanville, L 21-40
Oct. 14: Bluefield, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21: Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: at Van, 7:30 p.m.
(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).