CHAPMANVILLE — With 10 games in 10 weeks and no bye week for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team, there are no let-ups for the Tigers.
With a difficult schedule, there are no gimmies, that’s for sure.
As Chapmanville coach George Barker says, every game is a playoff game.
The Tigers’ next “playoff game” is set for this Friday night as Chapmanville (3-2) is scheduled to host James Monroe (1-3) at Tiger Stadium.
It will be Chapmanville’s annual homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers are hoping to bounce back from last week’s 27-14 loss at home to rival Logan. The defeat snapped Chapmanville’s three-game winning streak.
Just like the last three weeks, the Tigers got off to a slow start, falling behind the Wildcats 27-0 at halftime. But this time, Chapmanville was unable to rally back to win although the Tigers did outscore Logan 14-0 in the second half.
James Monroe, which is 3-3 in the last six meetings with Chapmanville, lost 18-14 at home to River View last week.
The Mavericks lost 47-22 at Class AAA Greenbier East in the opener then fell 28-14 at home to Summers County on Sept. 6. James Monroe then won 24-13 at Pikeview on Sept. 20 before falling to the Raiders last week.
Barker said last week’s slow start finally did his team in.
“We got off to a slow start and didn’t play very well in the first half,” Barker said. “But we came out in the second half and played as a team and did the things that we had to do. I thought that we played with a lot more energy in the second half compared to the first half.”
Chapmanville could be without sophomore starting quarterback Alex Berry, who left last week’s Logan game with a suspected concussion. Senior Jordan Toler then came in under center and completed 6-of-9 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown pass.
“It’s a possible concussion and it’s all in the hands of the medical staff,” Barker said of Berry. “I have no idea what his status is going to be until he gets cleared. It’s doubtful that he will be able to play.”
Barker said Toler played well in place of Berry and may be called on to start against James Monroe this week.
“He’s new to our system and that was the first true playing time that he’s got in there,” Barker said. “I was pleased with the job that he did. He just has to get a better grasp on the total scope of the offense. When you are setting in there as the number two you have to be ready to go when you’re called upon. I thought that he did a good job of running the offense for a first time around. He’s got good feet and is good with the ball in his hands. He will give us an added dimension that Alex didn’t. We just have to get them all ready to go for homecoming.”
Barker said James Monroe always seems to have a good football program.
“They are 1-3 but they’ve been in every ballgame,” Barker said. “In the last 20 years James Monroe has won about as many ballgames as anyone in Double-A. They are a football-rich tradition school. They’ve had a lot of success. I expect them to give us a tough game. Every week with our schedule you have to play. We’ll have another tough game.”
The Mavericks were outgained 259-229 in total offense last week by River View, which improved to 3-1 on the season with the only loss coming at the hands of the Single-A Man Hillbillies.
James Monroe scored on a 15-yard TD run by Isaiah Clarkson in the first quarter. The Mavs then went ahead 14-12 in the third with Reed McNeer’s 6-yard run. The Raiders then won it in the fourth on Jordan Wilson’s 1-yard TD plunge.
It’s another huge “playoff game” for Chapmanville on Friday night.
A win over James Monroe would inch the Tigers closer to a playoff berth with a 4-2 record. A loss moves Chapmanville back to 3-3 with games left on the schedule against Class A top 10 team Man and tough Class AA Cardinal Conference teams Mingo Central, Wayne and Tolsia.
“In football they are all playoff games,” Barker said. “It’s a very important game but I like to play them one at a time and take what we get. If we can qualify for the post-season that’s fine. This is the next opponent and we have to prepare for them. They are all important for us.”
Barker said his team is in decent shape in the weekly injury report.
“We didn’t have any other reported injuries but sometimes after a Friday night you don’t really know,” Barker said. “Right now, we’re in pretty good shape. We’ll just wait and see. Alex is the only one who will be out and that’s really not a definite.”
Last week, Logan outgained Chapmanville 377-253 in total offense.
The Wildcats had 39 rushes for 287 yards, while the Tigers ran with the ball 37 times for 172 yards. Logan edged CRHS 90-81 in the passing game.
Devin Wiley led Chapmanville with 23 rushes for 126 yards. He also had a catch for 11 yards.
On defense last week, Matt Dingess paced the Chapmanville defense with nine solo tackles, two assists, two sacks and one caused fumble.
Nick Brumfield had seven solos and two assists, while Brady Cox had six solos, one assist and one interception. Casto had six tackles and three assisted stops. Matt Chapman and Michael Hall each had six solos tackles and two assists.
Berry is 38-for-63 passing for 566 yards with five touchdowns and four picks on the season.
Wiley has 101 rushes for 539 yards and a touchdown — an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Paul Workman has 72 carries for 268 yards and three TDs.
Cox leads Chapmanville’s receiving corps with 18 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Casto has eight grabs for 142 yards and four scores. Jacob Dingess has 10 catches for 136 yards and two TDs.
On defense, Dingess leads the way this season with 35 solo tackles and 11 assists. Brumfield has 32 solos and eight assists. Casto has 31 tackles and 12 assisted stops. Matt Chapman has 26 solos and 11 assists, while Cox has 25 solos and six assists. Michael Hall has 21 solos and nine assists.
Dingess has three sacks on the season. Tanner Dillon and Chris Brewster each have two fumble recoveries.
Chapmanville played last week without linebacker and punter Caleb Browning. Barker said Browning has quit the team. He had 14 total tackles and two sacks and was averaging 34.3 yards a punt. Wiley took over the punting duties last week and booted the ball four times for an average of 34.5 yards a kick.
“Caleb quit the team,” Barker said. “Wiley punted last week but since he has to do so much I would rather him not have to punt. He’s a two-way starter and he’s on the special teams. I would like to give him a break. We’re going to look at Tanner Dillon as our punter.”
Barker said he looks for a good game on Friday.
“I think that it will be a good one. Everyone that we play is tough,” Barker said.
Chapmanville-James Monroe Football Series
since 2000 (Tied 3-3)
2012: Chapmanville 19, James Monroe 6
2011: Chapmanville 21, James Monroe 14
2010: Chapmanville 32, James Monroe 17
2008: James Monroe 33, Chapmanville 0 (Class AA playoffs at CRHS)
2001: James Monroe 33, Chapmanville 8
2000: James Monroe 34, Chapmanville 6