The victory improved Chapmanville to 5-1 on the season, while James Monroe fell to 5-1.
The win puts the Tigers not only into position to grab a spot for the upcoming playoffs, but also increases Chapmanville’s chances greatly to finish in the top eight and land a home post-season berth.
Chapmanville was able to gain a measure of revenge on the Mavericks, which had beaten the Tigers in the last three meetings, including a 33-0 first-round playoff win at Chapmanville in 2008.
Friday night’s game was the tale of two halves.
Chapmanville trailed James Monroe 17-7 at the half but then outscored the Mavericks 25-0 in the final two quarters to put the win on ice.
Kennedy Award candidate Jake Robinson had another big game for the Tigers as he carried the ball 27 times for 297 yards and scored five touchdowns on runs of 3, 38, 2, 5 and 41.
Chapmanville running back Dustin Botsch, a Logan transfer, had 16 rushes for 98 yards and also snared three passes for 50 yards.
Tigers’ quarterback Josh Easterling was 7-of-13 passing for 82 yards and two interceptions.
Down by 10 at the half, Chapmanville made its move, led by Robinson, a Scott High School transfer.
With 7:35 left in the third quarter, Robinson’s 38-yard TD run closed the James Monroe lead to 17-13. The extra point attempt by Craig Johnson was no good.
Then with 10:58 to go in the game, Robinson’s 2-yard TD run and Johnson’s PAT put the Tigers up for good, 19-17.
Robinson’s 5-yard touchdown run with 8:32 left pushed the Chapmanville lead to 26-17. The two-point conversion failed.
Robinson then put the exclamation point on the Tiger win as he dashed in for a 41-yard touchdown with 4:22 left in the game to make it 32-17.
The Mavericks had scored first at the 10:20 mark of the first quarter as Matthew Romanello ran in from 3 yards out and Brayan Calix-Herrera tacked on the PAT to make it 7-0 James Monroe.
Then with 10:25 left until halftime, James Monroe’s Jordan McKinney tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Romanello to make it 14-0. The PAT by Calix-Herrera was again good.
Robinson then put the Tigers on the board with a 3-yard TD run at the 6:52 mark. Johnson’s kick was good as Chapmanville trailed 14-7.
Calix-Herrera then gave the Mavericks a 17-7 halftime lead after he booted a 28-yard field goal with 1:52 showing on the clock.
Zach Maynard had two catches for 16 yards for the game. Dylan Wiley had one grab for 18 yards.
On defense, Tyler Cox led the Tigers with eight solo tackles, two assists and a caused fumble.
Dustin Smith had seven solos, one assist and a recovered on-side kick. Joe Woody had seven tackles, one assist and two sacks.
John Toler and Jacob Browning each had six solo stops and an assist for the game. Brandon Ferguson had six tackles, one assist and one fumble recovery.
Maynard finished with five solos and one interception.
Jason Stowers had three tackles and one assist.
Mark Lawson contributed two solos, one assist and one fumble recovery.
Brandon White had two solos and one assist, while Dylan Saunders had two tackles.
Trevor Payne had one tackle and one interception.
Johnson had one solo, one assist and one special teams tackle.
Brad Parsons, Chase Queen and Thomas Belcher each had a tackle.
Dustin Conley punted once for 35 yards.
Chapmanville was penalized eight times for 42 yards. The Mavs had five flags for 45 yards.
Chapmanville returns to action next Friday night at home against county rival Man. It will also be Chapmanville’s annual homecoming game.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
With a win over the Billies (2-3), the Tigers can once again claim the Logan County championship.
CRHS already owns a win over county rival Logan earlier in the season.