Tigers inching closer to playoff berth
Paul Adkins Sports Editor
CHAPMANVILLE — Getting to win number five is very important for a West Virginia high school football team.
In the WVSSAC Computer Ratings when you get to five often times you just need one more win in order to have enough points to qualify for the playoffs.
Sometimes, only five wins will get you there. Mingo Central proved that point last season as the Miners advanced with a 5-5 record.
That’s why Friday night’s county clash is so huge.
Both Man and Chapmanville are currently sitting with four wins heading into the seventh week of the season.
Chapmanville (4-2), ranked No. 11 this week in Class AA, is scheduled to hit the road on Friday night to play at county rival Man (4-1), which is rated No. 6 in the state this week in Class A.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field. It will also be Man’s annual homecoming game.
The Tigers are coming off last week’s 36-0 victory over James Monroe in their own homecoming game. The Hillbillies won 30-25 at Fayetteville.
Chapmanville holds the series edge, 7-6 over Man, as the Tigers have won the last seven meetings after losing the first six to the Billies.
The Tigers won 20-0 over Man last season but the Billies are much improved. Man has already doubled its win total from last season and are hoping to run the table the rest of the season.
Chapmanville will try to prevent that with an eighth straight victory over Man.
Tigers coach George Barker said it won’t be easy because he knows Man is much better than last year’s team.
“They are a good solid football team all the way around with the offense, defense and the special teams,” Barker said. “They have been real impressive with their special teams play. We have our work cut out for us.”
Man is led by quarterback John Thomas Keffer, feature tailback Braden Griffin and a pair of good wide receivers in Tracy Jones and Cayce Mullins. Man is known more for its running attack but have gone to the air more this fall with the sophomore Keffer gaining confidence under center.
“We have to play assignment defense and all 11 of them need to do their jobs,” Barker said. “Anytime someone has a diversified offense where they can run it and throw it it makes it hard to defend.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Christian McCoy, Neil Mullins, Noah Maynard, Gage Harvey and Jones are the leading tacklers for the Billies.
Last week, the Tigers played without starting quarterback Alex Berry, who was sitting out due to a concussion sustained two weeks ago in the loss to Logan. Barker used a pair of quarterbacks in senior Jordan Toler and junior Nate Ramey.
Ramey fired a 50-yard touchdown pass to Brady Cox just before halftime. Toler passed to Zac Casto for a 76-yard TD in the second half — the only score for the Tigers in the final two quarters of the game. Toler was 4-for-6 passing for 110 yards while Ramey was 3-for-3 passing for 114 yards. The two were a combined 7-for-9 for 224 yards. Toler also added one carry for 13 yards.
Barker said Berry is questionable for the Man game.
“We’ll know later on. The doctors are evaluating him. I look for them to release him,” Barker said.
Toler and Ramey were both impressive last week.
“From Day 1 I’ve been real pleased with all of our quarterbacks,” Barker said. “They played well last week. (Chapmanville Offensive Coordinator) James (Barker) put in a package for everybody. They went out and performed.”
Chapmanville outgained James Monroe 355-282 in total yardage last week. The Tigers ran with the ball 28 times for 131 yards while the Mavericks had 53 rushes for 274 yards. Chapmanville had air superiority, outgaining the Mavs 224-8.
Cox finished with five catches for 121 yards, a TD and a conversion catch. Casto had two grabs for 103 yards — an average of 51.5 yards a catch.
Junior running back Devin Wiley rushed 17 times for 81 yards and three scores.
On defense, Casto led the way with 10 solo tackles and three assists. Matt Chapman had seven solos and two assisted stops.
On the season, Berry is 38-for-63 passing (60.3 percent) for 566 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
Wiley has rolled up 620 yards on the ground on 118 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per pop. He’s scored five touchdowns on the season. Fullback Paul Workman has 82 carries for 298 yards and four scores.
Cox has 23 catches for 385 yards and four TDs. Casto has 10 grabs for 245 yards and five touchdowns. Wiley has five catches out of the backfield for 72 yards.
Several Tigers have played well on the defensive side of the ball.
Matt Dingess has a team high 39 solos tackles and 13 assists. Casto has 38 solos and 15 assists, while Chapman has 33 solos and 13 assisted stops.
Nick Brumfield has 32 total tackles and nine assists. Cox has 27 solos and eight assists, while Tanner Dillon has 24 solos and 11 assists. Michael Hall has 22 solos and 10 assisted stops.
Cox leads Chapmanville with two interceptions. Dingess leads in sacks with three.
Wiley has taken over the Tiger punting duties and is averaging 36.7 yards per kick.
It’s a big game for both teams.
“When you win one the next one gets bigger,” Barker said. “They have all kinds of implications for the playoffs. We just have got to play. If they are better than us then so be it. We’re just going to line up and see what happens.”
It’s been a great season so far for Logan County’s three schools.
Not only are Chapmanville and Man in the playoff picture, so are the Logan Wildcats, which are 4-1 and ranked in the top 16 in Class AAA. Last year, all three county schools failed to make it to the post-season. Logan was 7-3, while the Billies and Tigers both suffered losing seasons. CRHS had made it to the playoffs each fall from 2007-11.
“I’m glad that the three county schools are all playing well and playing in games that mean something,” Barker said. “That’s a good thing.”
This Week’s WVSSAC
Rank, Team, Pts., Record
1 Wayne 10.80 5- 0
2 Frankfort 10.60 5- 0
3 Bridgeport 9.67 5- 1
4 Bluefield 9.40 4- 1
4 Fairmont Senior 9.40 4- 1
6 Sissonville 9.00 4- 1
6 Summers County 9.00 5- 1
8 Wyoming East 8.67 5 -1
9 Lincoln 8.33 5- 1
10 Keyser 7.50 4- 2
11 Chapmanville 7.00 4- 2
11 Ritchie County 7.00 4- 2
13 Nicholas County 6.83 4- 2
14 Ravenswood 6.80 3- 2
15 Philip Barbour 6.50 4- 2
16 Mingo Central 6.20 3- 2
17 Roane County 6.00 3 -2
18 Scott 5.33 3- 3
19 River View 5.20 3- 2
20 Robert C. Byrd 5.17 3- 3
1 St. Marys 9.60 5- 0
2 Madonna 9.00 5- 0
3 Valley (Fayette) 8.80 5- 0
4 Moorefield 8.33 5 - 1
5 Williamstown 8.20 4 - 1
6 East Hardy 8.00 5 - 0
6 Man 8.00 4 -1
8 Greenbrier West 7.67 5- 1
8 Wheeling Central 7.67 5- 1 -
10 Clay-Battelle 7.40 5 -0
11 Wahama 7.00 5 -1
12 Notre Dame 6.80 4- 1
13 Meadow Bridge 6.67 5- 1
14 Tucker County 6.33 4 -2
15 Parkersburg Cath. 6.17 5 -1
16 Doddridge Co. 4.83 4- 2 -
17 Gilmer County 4.33 4 -2 -
18 Bishop Donahue 4.20 3- 2 -
19 Magnolia 4.00 3 -3
20 Midland Trail 3.00 2- 3
20 Tug Valley 3.00 2- 4
20 Van 3.00 2- 3
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