The Tigers must be able to beat Sherman.
Chapmanville (7-0) is scheduled to open the four-team Black Diamond Conference tournament with Saturday afternoon’s 1 p.m. game against Sherman at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
The winner is set to play on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in the league championship game against either Man or Madison. The Pioneers, the defending Black Diamond Conference champions, were set to play the RedHawks last night.
The Tigers closed out an undefeated regular season Tuesday night’s 37-20 victory at home over Van.
It’s been a special season for CMS football. The Tigers had suffered two straight losing seasons.
“We were down the last two years but this year we seem to have it all,” Chapmanville Middle School fourth-year coach P.D. Clemens said. “We’ve got a great offensive line, great running backs and a good stiff defense. At the beginning of the year I said that my offensive line was the strength of the team.
“This year we were able to put it all together. We’ve got a lot of talent. It’s easy to coach when you have a lot of talent.”
Chapmanville’s running game, led by eighth-grader Dylan Wiley, has been outstanding.
Wiley, the younger brother to Chapmanville High School tailback David Wiley, has rolled up more than 1,000 yards on the ground this season in just seven games, and, at times, limited carries.
In the victory over Van, Wiley rushed just seven times for 211 yards. Four of those carries went for touchdowns on runs of 16, 18, 57 and 64.
“We do have some great running backs with Wiley, Tyler Cox, Chase Queen and all of the guys that come off the bench,” Clemens said. “They are all averaging five or six yards per carry. They are all talented but I attribute their success to our great offensive line.”
CMS has also played good defense this year.
“If I had to pick a defensive player of the game this week in the Van game I would have to pick Chase Queen,” Clemens said. “He had a lot of tackles. He was our defensive player of the game.”
Chapmanville faced Sherman once this year, beating the Tide 39-6.
“They picked up a couple of players and I think that they will be a whole lot better this time,” Clemens said. “They can run the ball right down your throats. They’re a good team.”
Clemens said an undefeated, league championship team would be a first for CMS.
“As far as I know we’ve not won one in middle school. I’m not sure about when it was a junior high. This is what my kids are shooting for,” he said. “My kids want to go undefeated.”
Clemens said he couldn’t have led the Tigers to such a successful season without his talented and skillful coaching staff.
Kevin Runyon and Jim Conley have coached the CMS offense this season.
Jamie Sparks is the special teams coach.
Roger Casto is the offensive and defensive lines coach.