The Dots struck for two first-half half touchdowns on gadget plays when running back Caleb Arthur passed for two scores.
The Tigers gave Poca a payback with a gadget play of their own when senior fullback Todd Terry dropped back and passed a 42-yard touchdown to Tyler Cox with 20 seconds left to lift Chapmanville to a 30-26 win over the Dots in a Cardinal Conference game on Friday at Poca High School’s O.O. White Stadium.
Terry, who played some at quarterback for the Tigers last season, took a lateral from quarterback Josh Easterling then connected with Cox for the winning score as No. 17 Chapmanville improved to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Cardinal Conference.
No. 11-ranked Poca dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.
It appeared as if the Dots would walk away victorious.
Poca took the lead, 26-24, with Jason Cuffee’s 14-yard pass to Clinton Parsons with four minutes left in the game. The touchdown capped off a 92-yard drive.
But Chapmanville was able to strike back and win on the road in the key game.
The Tigers hope the win turns the season around for Chapmanville’s young team.
CRHS has recorded three straight winning seasons and has made it to the Class AA playoffs two years in a row but were in danger of dropping to 1-3 on the season on Friday night.
Now, the Tigers are at .500 heading into next week’s homecoming game with the rival Logan Wildcats.
Chapmanville’s offense, led by quarterback Easterling, tailback Dylan Wiley and Terry, racked up 506 yards of total offense.
Terry rolled up 126 yards on 20 carries and caught three passes for 26 yards.
Wiley had 106 yards on the ground on 16 carries and added four catches for 119 yards.
Easterling was 12-of-20 in the air for 212 yards and two TDs.
Zack Maynard had two rushes for 19 yards and one catch for 31 yards.
Cox had one catch for the 42-yard touchdown.
Zach Thompson snared two passes for 23 yards. Greg “Scooter” Farley had one catch for seven yards. Dylan Saunders had one catch for six yards and also caught a two-point conversion pass.
Arthur led the charge for Poca, romping his way to 216 yards on 30 carries and a TD. Arthur also passed for 50 yards and two scores.
On defense, the Tigers were led by Farley’s 10 solo tackles and one assist.
Andy Bender and Maynard each had nine solos and one assist.
Cox contributed eight solo tackles and two assists.
Nick Conley had six tackles and one sack.
Terry had five solos and one assist. He also punted three times for an average of 31 yards a boot.
Jon Casto had four solos, two assists and a fumble recovery.
Brad Parsons had four solos, while Joe Woody had three solos and three assists. Brandon Ferguson had three solos and one sack. Mark Lawson had a solo tackle and an assist.
Chapmanville was penalized nine times for 70 yards. The Dots had four flags for 25 yards.
The Tigers and Dots traded punts in the scoreless first quarter.
But with 10:19 left until the half Terry ran up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown plunge to make it 6-0 Tigers. Terry’s PAT try was blocked as the snap was bobbled.
Poca struck right back on its next possession as Arthur passed to Tyler Moore for a 28-yard TD pass. Arthur’s PAT was good and Poca led 7-6 with 7:30 left.
Two plays later, Chapmanville was in the end zone again as Easterling connected with Wiley on a 44-yard TD pass with 6:35 to go in the second quarter. Easterling passed to Saunders on the conversion to make it 14-7 Tigers. The touchdown was set up by Terry’s 35-yard run on first down. A 28-yard run by Maynard on second down was wiped out due to the Chapmanville holding penalty.
With at the 2:42 mark after Poca’s three-and-out series, Easterling tossed a 70-yard bomb to Wiley for another touchdown. Terry’s extra point kick was good and CRHS led 21-7.
Poca answered at the 1:44 mark with Arthur’s 24-yard halfback pass to quarterback Cuffee. The kick by Arthur was good and the Dots trailed just 21-14.
Chapmanville then got some valuable points with one second left until the half when Terry kicked a 33-yard field goal to put the Orange and Black on top 24-14 at the half.
Poca rallied early in the third quarter as Arthur scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 24-20 with 11:33 left in the third quarter. The PAT failed.
The Dots then went ahead 26-24 with Cuffee’s TD pass to Parsons.
Chapmanville then won the game with Terry’s winning TD pass to Cox. The two-point conversion pass from Easterling to Terry was incomplete.