SISSONVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School football team knew it would be in for a tough opener at Sissonville.
The Indians, after a 10-2 season last year and first-round Class AA playoff victory, seem to be a program on the up-and-up.
Sissonville proved just that on Friday night by beating the Tigers 42-14 in the season opener between the two Cardinal Conference teams at Sissonville High School’s Joe Sawyer Field.
The Indians, 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, were led by Austin Burford and Jared Wilkinson, who keyed a punishing Sissonville ground game which rolled up 356 yards on 60 carries.
Burford ran for 160 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 24, 85 and 15.
Wilkinson, Sissonville’s top returning back from last year, had 119 yards on 20 carries on the night.
Chapmanville (0-1, 0-1) was led by junior quarterback Alex Berry, who was 12-for-25 passing for 111 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Feature senior tailback Devin Wiley was held to nine yards on seven carries but he did grab two passes out of the backfield for 21 yards.
Chapmanville was limited to just 17 yards of net rushing on 21 carries.
Zac Casto reeled in seven passes for 49 yards and was 1-for-1 passing for 21 yards.
For the game, Chapmanville had just 149 yards of total offense. Sissonville had 459 yards for the game.
Sissonville held a commanding 28-6 lead at the half, getting two scores from Burford, a 15-yard TD pass from sophomore quarterback Chance Brown to Tony Pennington and a 1-yard burst by Jacob Fisher.
Brown, making his first varsity start at QB, was 5-of-6 passing in the first half and wound up 10-for-19 for 103 yards and an interception.
The Tigers, though, were in the game early on.
After Sissonville jumped on top 7-0 with Burford’s 24-yard TD run, the Tigers got within 7-6 as Berry connected for a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Dingess at the 6:26 mark. Dingess finished with two catches for 56 yards.
Then down only 14-6 in the second quarter, Chapmanville looked to have gotten itself even closer as Berry hit Dingess for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The score, however, was nullified by a holding penalty, taking the ball back to the 34.
Chapmanville was later forced to punt and Tanner Dillon pinned the Indians deep with a nice boot to the Sissonville 6-yard line with four and a half minutes to go until the break.
The Indians, however, reached the end zone with Burford’s 85-yard TD run with 3:32 left.
Sissonville scored again with 23 ticks to go as Fisher ran in from 1 yard out. Following the PAT by Bryce Taylor the Indians led 28-6 at the half.
Down 42-6 with 6:56 left in the game, Chapmanville scored one more touchdown on Dillon’s 6-yard run. Berry passed to Casto on the two-point conversion.
Nate Ramey finished with four carries for 22 yards for CRHS. Dylan Smith had one rush for seven yards. William Seigman had two attempts for six yards. Ryan Craddock had one carry for one yard.
Tyler Neil added a 6-yard catch.
Casto led the Chapmanville defense with nine tackles and two assists. Matt Dingess had eight stops for the night.
Dillon had seven solo tackles and four assists and punted three times for an average of 34.3 yards per kick. Austin Butcher had seven tackles and one assist.
Austin Kirk contributed six solos and three assists, while Michael Hall had six tackles and one assisted stop.
Ramey had four solos and one assist. Ethan Neace finished with three solos, two assists and one interception. Billy Shepherd and Wiley also had three tackles each.
Andy Bias had two tackles and one sack, while Dingess had two solos and one assist. Tristan Adkins had two tackles as well for the Tigers.
Timothy Bigley had one solo, two assists and a quarterback sack.
Alex Oxley had one solo tackle and three assists. Morgan Jackson and Ricky Combs had one tackle and one assist each.
Berry and Smith had one tackle apiece.
Sissonville was flagged 13 times for 97 yards. Chapmanville had five penalties for 45 yards.
The Tigers are back in action this coming Friday night against Herbert Hoover (0-1, 0-1) in the home opener. The Huskies lost to Scott, 28-27, in their season opener.