MADISON — It was a great way to close out the season for the Chapmanville Middle School football team.
The CMS Tigers, coached by first-year mentor Dwight Dingess, won the Black Diamond Conference big schools championship game with a 28-24 victory over county rival Man Middle School on Saturday afternoon at the Scott High School football field in Madison.
Chapmanville led Coach Tootie Carter’s Pioneers 28-16 late in the fourth quarter after scoring a touchdown with 1:53 left in the game.
Man then tried to rally.
The Pioneers’ Zach Maynard nearly broke it on a kickoff but was brought down at the Man 49-yard line.
Man would score and creep closer to the Tigers as Zach Maynard caught a pass and spun away for a 43-yard touchdown grab. The Pioneers tacked on the two-point conversion and trailed only 28-24 with 1:27 remaining in the game.
Chapmanville then recovered the on-sides kick and ran out the clock to secure the league championship.
Man had taken advantage of a bad snap over the CMS punter’s head as the Pioneers took over at the MMS 15 in the early part of the second period.
Man then scored on a 4-yard TD run by Chase Harvey. Maynard then caught the two-point conversion pass as Man led 8-6.
Chapmanville’s Adam Vance had put Chapmanville on top 6-0 with a first quarter TD run.
Chapmanville then went ahead 14-8 with a 20-yard TD grab by Noah Dingess and a conversion run by Vance with 24.7 ticks to go in the first half.
Man got the ball back after the kickoff and ran the ball out of bounds to the CMS 49 to stop the clock with 10.7 ticks left.
The Pioneers then attempted a swing pass to the right side but the ball was tipped and intercepted by Chapmanville’s Bigley, who then ran untouched for a touchdown. The two-point converison failed but CMS led 20-8 at the half.
Man then cut the lead to 20-16 with 1:51 left in the third quarter as Harvey ran in for a 6-yard score and QB Zach Cook ran in the conversion.
Chapmanville then tacked on another TD on a 4-yard run and added the two-point conversion to cap off an 18-play, 61-yard drive to make it a 28-16 ballgame.