By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
September 26, 2013
CHAPMANVILLE — The Cardiac Kids hope to pull off some more magic this week.
The “Cardiac Kids,” of course, are the Chapmanville Tigers.
The Chapmanville Regional High School football team goes for win No. 4 on the season as the Tigers (3-1) are scheduled to host Class AAA county rival Logan (3-1) on Friday night.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers pulled off some more heroics last week, rallying from a 16-0 deficit at Poca to beat the Dots 34-31.
Chapmanville scored its third straight comeback victory in as many weeks and moved its record to 6-1 all-time against Poca.
For awhile it didn’t look possible.
Facing a fourth-and-15 at the Poca 22-yard line with a minute to go in the game, Chapmanville QB Alex Berry hit Jacob Dingess for the eventual game winning touchdown pass.
Chapmanville 10th-year head coach George Barker said he was happy his team didn’t quit after falling into the early hole.
“We didn’t play the first quarter very well but after that we weren’t bad,” Barker said. “We punted the first time that we had the ball and had to punt again but we also had some turnovers which always hurt. But the thing was that we didn’t quit. After we made a mistake we just kept playing. We’re real pleased with that part of it.”
Chapmanville steps away from Cardinal Conference play with the matchup against the Wildcats.
After four weeks the Tigers are 3-1 overall and 3-1 in the league.
That’s pretty good, Barker said.
“If you would have asked us before the season after four games would you take 3-1? I would have said yes,” Barker said. “To be 3-1 after four Cardinal Conference games we’ll take where we are.”
Barker said Logan is very explosive offensively with senior running back Worm Street and some other good skilled position players.
“They’re a good football team,” Barker said. “They have all of the tools to be a winner. It’s going to be a real tough battle for us to stay in the ballgame with them.”
Barker said Chapmanville, led offensively by Berry, running back Devin Wiley and wideouts Brady Cox and Zac Casto, must be able to move the ball against Logan’s swarming defense. The Cats have big defensive linemen, linebackers like Tyler Vernatter who have a nose for the ball, and a good crop of DBs and safeties, led by Street, Tyler Workman and Clayton Marucm.
“We have to find a way to move the ball and attack their defense,” Barker said. “They are pretty good defensively. We just have to find a way to scratch out a win.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Chapmanville must guard against the big play.
Logan QB’s Ryan Miller and Noah Corbett have gone deep to senior wide receiver Josh Rein all sesaon long.
“We’re going to have to find out where he is,” Barker said of the talented Rein. “Anytime you have a guy that can run and jump and catch like he does it makes it hard. We can’t just worry about one of their players we have to worry about all of them. But we still have to know where he is.”
The Tigers have got good play at QB from Berry, a sophomore and first-year starter under center.
Berry was 14-for-17 passing for 256 yards and three touchdowns against the Dots. He also scored on an 11-yard TD run. Berry hit Dingess on strikes of 39 and 22 yards. Berry also connected with Cox with a 40-yard TD pass in the second quarter.
For the season, Berry is 37-for-60 passing for 563 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.
“I’m real pleased with our quarterback play,” Barker said. “Alex mentally is probably like a senior but physically he’s still just a sophomore. He’s done a good job. He threw that last pass of the ballgame perfectly. You couldn’t ask for anything better out of Alex.”
Dingess finished with five catches for 97 yards last week. Cox reeled in seven passes for 120 yards. Wiley ran 17 times for 84 yards and had one catch out of the backfield for 11 yards. Paul Workman had 19 rushes for 83 yards.
Poca outgained the Tigers 530-428 in total yards of offense. The Dots rushed 48 times for 278 yards. CRHS had 41 carries for 172 yards.
On the season, Wiley has 78 rushes for 413 yards (5.3 ypc) and a touchdown. Workman has 72 carries for 268 yards and two TDs.
Cox is the Tigers’ leading receiver with 17 catches for 263 yards and three TDs. Casto has seven grabs for 117 yards and three scores. Dingess has seven catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
On defense, Matt Dingess has 26 solo tackles and nine assists on the season. Casto has 25 solos and nine assists. Nick Brumfield has 25 solos and six assisted stops. Matt Chapman has 20 solos and nine assists. Cox has 19 solos and five assists, while Tanner Dillon has 18 tackles and six assists.
Caleb Browning leads CRHS in sacks with two. Browning is also Chapmanville’s punter and is averaging 34.3 yards a boot.
Barker said he’s unsure about Chapmanville’s injury situation heading into the game.
“We don’t know,” Barker said. “Everyone seemed to be OK after the ballgame but you just don’t know. Wiley has as sore leg and he’s a two-way starter. We hope that he’s ready to go.”
It’s also Chapmanville’s Hall of Fame Game on Friday night as Eric Ellis, Casey Bowling, Deanna Booth and Pete Fala will be inducted.
The four will be honored with the Chapmanville Hall of Fame dinner on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Logan Country Club in Chapmanville and will also be recognized before Friday’s game.
Ellis is the CRHS baseball coach and led the Tigers to the 2011 Class AA state championship. Bowling is a former standout baseball player, who went to play with the WVU baseball team and in the minor leagues. Fala, a baseball player, and Booth, an ex-Lady Tigers’ softballer, both played collegiately.
Senator Art Kirkendoll will be the recipient of the Ralph May Community Service Award.
“Anytime that you have the hall of fame it makes it an emotional week,” Barker said. “It’s special to have all of those guys around. It just seems to add to the atmosphere. We’re just glad to be part of it.”
— Chapmanville coach George Barker and Logan coach Gary Mullins talk about the Logan-CRHS football rivalry in Friday’s sports section.