CHAPMANVILLE — If the Chapmanville Regional High School football team has any aspirations of advancing to its sixth straight trip to the Class AA playoffs, the Tigers must win at least two out of their last three games.
That might be a steep climb with Class AA No. 1 Wayne and 3A Point Pleasant yet to play.
But the first step is this Friday night as unranked Chapmanville (4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Cardinal Conference) is scheduled to host Tolsia (3-5, 2-4) in a Cardinal Conference contest at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville was off last week after blanking county rival Man 20-0 a couple of Fridays ago.
Tigers’ coach George Barker said his team is ready to take on the Rebels.
“We had a really good week of practice last week,” Barker said. “But I hope it doesn’t turn out to be like West Virginia’s. Sometimes you can’t tell but practice went well. Everything was up tempo and we picked right up on Monday. I hope that it continues and we can create a trend.”
Barker said it’s a must-win situation on Friday night.
“This is a big game and they have all been big games since we dug that huge hole,” he said. “We’ve won a couple here and this one is turing out to be bigger yet. They say the more that you win the bigger that they get. This game means a lot to our kids. I’m hoping that we show up on Friday.”
Tolsia took it on the chin last week at home to county rival Wayne, 49-6.
The Rebels began the season with a 2-2 record, scoring wins over Fairland, Ohio (12-9) and Herbert Hoover (46-7) and losses to Scott (28-6) and Point Pleasant (40-2). Tolsia, however, has gone 1-3 since with the only win coming on Sept. 28 in a 14-7 home victory over Sissonville in Cardinal Conference play. The Rebels also lost to Class A Tug Valley (18-14) and Mingo Central (22-20), a new league foe.
Tolsia was thoroughly pounded last week by Wayne, a squad which has already steamrolled to an 84-42 win earlier in the season against Ravenswood and are looking to make it back to Wheeling.
The Rebels allowed six straight touchdowns to the Pioneers on Wayne’s first six possessions. The powerful Pioneers used balance and efficiency to race out to a 43-0 lead on the Rebels early in the third quarter.
Tolsia’s defense allowed Wayne’s Brandon Spurlock to run for 154 yards and two scores, while teammate Mason Hodge took two of his three carries to the end zone. Grant Ferguson added 85 yards passing and a touchdown for Wayne.
For Tolsia, it was the seventh straight loss to Wayne, dating back to the 2006 Class AA state championship game when the two teams met in the finals at Wheeling.
The Rebels were only able to drive the ball effectively for one single drive against Wayne as Tolsia ate up the clock and kept the sticks moving. Brandon Ward sparked Tolsia with an 18-yard run while quarterback Dakota Robertson had 24 yards rushing on his first three attempts.
But the Rebels could not finish the drive, as Wayne was able to jump on one of 10 Tolsia fumbles. Despite holding the ball for half of the first quarter, the Rebels still couldn’t reach the end zone.
In the second quarter, Tolsia lost 41 net yards in two drives and Wayne was able to punch the ball across the goal line four times to make it 36-0 at halftime.
The Rebels finished with only 122 yards of total offense. Tolsia had just 33 yards rushing on 37 carries while Wayne had 39 rushes for 308 yards and 393 total for the game. The Rebels were 8-for-17 passing for 89 yards.
Tolsia avoided the shutout in the fourth quarter when Morgan Williamson hauled in a 29-yard scoring strike from Blake Rose late in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Donovan Salmons rushed seven times for 33 yards to lead the Rebels’ ground game.
Chapmanville has won the last three meetings with Tolsia, including last year’s 49-20 rout at Glenhayes. The Rebels, however, lead the series with the Tigers 4-3 since 2000.
Barker said Tolsia is much better than they have shown over the last couple of seasons.
“Yes. They are much improved,” he said. “They do some of the same things and they have some of the same players but they play harder. Like I told our kids I don’t think they look at the scoreboard. They just play. That’s a great attribute that anyone would have. They’re better and it’s an overall team thing. They play hard.”
After playing Tolsia on Friday night, Chapmanville is set to host Wayne on Oct. 26 and go to Point Pleasant on Nov. 2 in the finale.
The Tigers lost twice to Point last season, including a 33-13 setback to the Black Knights in the Class AA Final Four at Point Pleasant. The Black Knights have since left the Cardinal Conference and are a Class AAA school this season.
Chapmanville goes into the week in a tie for third place in the league standings with Mingo Central. The Miners are 4-3, 1-1 and only play a limited amount of Cardinal Conference games this season.
Mingo Central is expected to add all conference foes to its 2013 schedule, including Chapmanville. That would mean the Tigers would drop Point Pleasant off the schedule next fall.
“We’re going to put Mingo Central in Week 8 next season,” Barker said. “They will replace Point Pleasant on our schedule. Mingo Central needed to have Week 11 for somebody else. We both had Week 8 open. What we agreed in the conference was that Mingo Central would take the place of Point Pleasant on everybody’s schedule. That made everything work out.”
Barker said the 2013 meeting between the Tigers and Miners will be played at Chapmanville.
“It will be at our place next year,” he said.
TEAM W-L CONF
Wayne…………………. 7-0 5-0
Scott…………………….. 7-1 5-1
Mingo Central………….. 4-3 1-1
Chapmanville………… 4-3 2-2
Sissonville……………… 3-4 2-3
Tolsia…………………… 3-5 2-4
Poca……………………. 2-5 0-3
Herbert Hoover………… 1-7 1-5
Friday, Oct. 12 results:
Wayne 49, Tolsia 6
Scott 40, Herbert Hoover 7
Clay County 27, Sissonville 20
Wheeling Central 35, Mingo Central 16 (Saturday night)
Chapmanville — Bye week
Poca — Bye week
Friday, Oct. 19 games:
Tolsia at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Sherman at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Roane County, 7:30 p.m.
Scott — Bye week
Series since 2000:
2011: Chapmanville 49, Tolsia 20
2010: Chapmanville 59, Tolsia 12
2009: Chapmanville 33, Tolsia 16
2005: Tolsia 27, Chapmanville 0
2004: Tolsia 27, Chapmanville 0
2003: Tolsia 41, Chapmanville 12
2002: Tolsia 41, Chapmanville 6