GLENHAYES — The Chapmanville Tigers are not dead yet.
The Chapmanville Regional High School football team clung to its slim Class AA playoff hopes with Friday night’s 34-20 win at Tolsia in a Cardinal Conference game at Glenhayes.
The Tigers, fourth place in the league standings, improved to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference and secured at least a break-even 5-5 season — an improvement from last year’s 4-6 mark.
Fifth-place Tolsia dropped to 3-5, 2-4 and saw its post-season hopes all but eliminated.
Chapmanville travels to No. 1-ranked and Class AA two-time defending state champion Wayne (8-0, 6-0) this coming Friday night in the regular season finale. The Pioneers won 54-27 over Poca on Friday.
The win over Tolsia at least extends Chapmanville’s season and avoids a losing campaign regardless of what happens next week at Wayne, a team that has defeated the Tigers nine straight times since the series was resumed in the 2000s.
Chapmanville would need a mammoth upset win over the Pioneers to get themselves back in the playoff picture. The Tigers would then hope to pick up some bonus points in Week 11 on Nov. 8 when Chapmanville is idle.
The formula is there but it’s going to be a huge task.
On Friday night, the Tigers were able to rally from a 14-6 early deficit to the Rebels, a team that beat Chapmanville 40-32 on the road last season. It was Chapmanville’s fourth come-from-behind win on the season.
Tolsia led 14-12 at the half and went ahead 20-12 at the 4:21 mark of the third as Luke Presley scored on a 3-yard TD run.
Chapmanville then struck right back with Devin Wiley’s 75-yard touchdown run and QB Alex Berry’s conversion pass to Brady Cox to make it 20-20.
The Tigers then took the lead for good with 8:48 left in the game as Tanner Dillon scored on a 1-yard TD run. Paul Workman tacked on the two-point conversion run as the Tigers led 28-20.
Chapmanville then added an insurance touchdown with 1:29 left as Wiley ran in from 21 yards out to make it 34-20.
Tolsia jumped ahead 6-0 with 7:19 to go in the first quarter as Brandon Ward took it to the house on a 55-yard TD run.
Then at the 2:33 mark of the opening quarter, Ward scored on a 73-yard TD run. The conversion run by Wes Waller was good as the Rebels led 14-0.
Chapmanville bounced back with Wiley’s electrifying 73-yard touchdown run with 53 ticks to go in the first quarter. Berry’s pass to Dillon on the two-point conversion play was no good but CRHS was on the board and trailed 14-6.
The Tigers then cut it to 14-12 with 53 seconds left until the break as Berry fired a 72-yard touchdown pass to Wiley. The conversion failed.
Wiley had a big night as he carried the ball 17 times for 246 yards and scored four touchdowns. With 72 receiving yards and 24 punt return yards, Wiley finished the night with 342 all-purpose yards.
Workman had 10 rushes for 51 yards on the night. Dillon had 10 attempts for 36 yards.
Berry was 9-for-18 passing for 140 yards with one TD and one interception.
Cox had four catches for 37 yards. Zac Casto had three grabs for 29 yards, while Tyler Neil had one catch for two yards.
Chapmanville finished with 473 yards of total offense. The Tigers had 37 rushes for 333 yards.
Tolsia racked up 228 rushing yards, 222 of which were all Ward’s who did it on 19 carries.
On defense, Cox led CRHS with eight solo tackles and three assists. Michael Hall had eight solos and two assists. Nick Brumfield finished with seven tackles and two assists, while Casto had six solos and two assists. Dillon had six solos, one assisted tackle and one caused fumble.
Matt Dingess had five solos, two assists and one sack. Matt Chapman had five solos and two assists. Justin Hensley had four solos and one assist.
Nate Ramey contributed one solo, one assist and one fumble recovery. Wiley, Morgan Jackson, Chris Brewster, Gabe Maynard and Rodney Workman all had one tackle and one assist.
Austin Kirk, Jackie Johnson and Workman had one tackle each.
Wiley punted three times for an average of 32 yards a kick.
Tolsia was penalized nine times for 60 yards. The Tigers had seven yellow hankies for 50 yards.
2013 Chapmanville Regional High School
Football Schedule (5-4):
Aug. 30: *Sissonville, L 22-40
Sept. 6: *at Herbert Hoover, W 24-18
Sept. 13: *Scott, W 20-13
Sept. 20: *at Poca, W 34-31
Sept. 27: Logan (Hall of Fame Game), L 14-27
Oct. 4: James Monroe (Homecoming), W 36-0
Oct. 11: at Man, L 22-26
Oct. 18: *Mingo Central, L 14-20
Oct. 25: *at Tolsia, W 34-20
Nov. 1: *at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: OPEN DATE
*Cardinal Conference game
Cardinal Conference Standings
TEAM CONF ALL
Wayne 6-0 8-0
Sissonville 4-1 7-1
Mingo Central 3-1 6-2
Chapmanville 4-2 5-4
Tolsia 2-4 3-5
Herbert Hoover 2-4 2-6
Scott 1-5 3-5
Poca 0-5 1-7
Friday night’s scores:
Mingo Central 26, Logan 20
Chapmanville 34, Tolsia 20
Sissonville 49, Sherman 12
Wayne 54, Poca 27
Roane County 43, Herbert Hoover 33
Scott – BYE WEEK
Friday, Nov. 1 games:
Chapmanville at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Scott at Robert C. Byrd, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia at Boyd County (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.