CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Does the Chapmanville Regional High School football team have the horses to run with Mingo Central?
It will be no “Miner” task for the Class AA No. 10-ranked Tigers (5-2 overall and 4-2 in the Cardinal Conference) as Chapmanville hits the road on Friday night to take on a a very talented and No. 4-ranked Mingo Central Miners team.
Undefeated Mingo Central comes into the contest at 6-0, 4-0.
The Tigers have won five straight games, including last week’s 40-21 victory over Man.
The Miners, on a six-game winning streak, soundly thrashed the winless Poca Dots 62-20 last week. Mingo Central led 62-6 at halftime then put in the reserves.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium in Red Jacket.
Chapmanville is 0-3 all time against the Miners. Last year resulted in a 69-21 victory for MCHS over the Tigers.
CRHS coach Rob Dial said he knows just how good the Miners are and hopes his team is up to the challenge.
“Mingo Central is a well coached team and head coach Yogi Kinder and his entire staff do a great job,” Dial said. “They have athletes and true football players. Beyond that, they have really good skilled position guys that can go out and make plays. They are a spread offense team but they are also very physical. They can run some power at you and as well as throwing it deep. They are very balanced.”
Mingo Central is led by quarterback Jeremy Dillon. Heading into last week’s game, Dillon was the second-leading passer in the Cardinal Conference as he has completed 84 of 131 passes for 1,463 yards with 20 touchdowns and just one interception.
Joe Hunt is Mingo’s top rusher with 66 carries for 433 yards and eight scores on the season. Dillon had another 54 carries for 375 yards and 10 TDs.
The Miners have an array of wide receivers, led by freshman Drew Hatfield, who had 36 catches for 518 yards and eight scores and was the conference’s second-leading wideout after five weeks.
Mingo Central also has former Man player Tyler Grimmett with 13 grabs for 321 yards and six TDs and also Dalton Sheppard with 14 catches for 249 yards and two scores.
The Miners also have a very good tight end/defensive end in 6-foot-6 Daniel Buchanan, another former Man High School player.
Hunt scored two touchdowns last week on runs of 50 and 44 yards. Hunt had 96 yards on just three carries on the night. Hatfield had three catches in the game for 47 yards.
Dillon was 10 of 12 for 184 yards and four TDs against the Dots. He connected with Devin Turner, Sheppard, Grimmett, and Caleb Lester through the air for the scores. Turner led the Miners in receiving with 56 yards on two catches.
The Miners average 248.2 yards passing and 172.8 rushing yards per game.
Dial said the Miners are also very good on the defensive end. On the season, the Miners have surrendered just 81 points. Many of those scores came late in the second half when MCHS was already up big.
“On defense, they are aggressive and very physical up front,” Dial said. “On special teams, their return teams have also produced a few touchdowns. They are a team with few weaknesses.”
The Miners also have a good kicker in Billy Mitchem, who was 6 for 6 in PATs last week. He’s made 24 extra point kicks on the season.
Chapmanville is led by junior quarterback and Cardinal Conference leading passer Adam Vance, who has completed 108 of 151 passes for 1,607 yards this season with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Tigers’ Dylan Smith is the league’s leading receiver with 40 catches for 672 yards and eight scores.
As far as the playoffs are concerned, it’s a huge game for both teams.
After taking on the Miners, Chapmanville closes out with home games against Winfield (4-2) and Wayne (1-5). The Tigers will most likely need two more wins in order to nail down their second straight playoff berth.
“We’re happy to have five wins under our belts,” Dial said. “Any time you go into any game you want to win. We’ve had a very difficult schedule. The two teams that we lost to were against two top-ranked opponents in the Cardinal Conference. We’ve tried to get better each and every week and during practice.”
Chapmanville’s rushing attack is led by Tristan Browning, who sustained an ankle injury two weeks ago in the Tigers’ 47-14 win at Nitro. He did not play last week against Man. On the season, Browning has 95 rushes for 538 yards and six TDs.
“We’re hoping to have him back,” Dial said. “He’s been rehabbing his ankle. Derek Dalton and the guys at Rebound Physical Therapy have really taken care of him and have tried to help him get back on his feet and as close to 100 percent as possible.”
Dial said lineman Alex Oxley is likely to return. He’s missed the last several games due to having an emergency appendectomy.
“It looks like we will have him back and he’s been a tremendous help for us,” Dial said. “We’ve really missed him and it looks like he’s going to be able to play.”
Chapmanville, however, has lost freshman Chase Berry for the year. He injured his ankle in last week’s Man game. Berry is the Tigers’ backup quarterback and holder on special teams and had been getting increased playing time at outside linebacker.
“Unfortunately, we’re going to be without Chase Berry for the rest of the year,” Dial said. “That’s a big hit to us. We hate losing him.”
Mingo Central opened the season with a 58-13 win at Wyoming East then won 42-20 over Class A Tolsia.
Since, the Miners have wins over Sissonville (52-22), Nitro (60-6), Wayne (34-0) and Poca last week.
— Look for more on the Chapmanville-Mingo Central game in Friday’s Logan Banner sports section.
Football Friday night
WHAT: No. 10 Chapmanville (5-2, 4-2) at No. 4 Mingo Central (6-0, 4-0)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Buck Harless Stadium, Red Jacket, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Chapmanville beat Man 40-21, Mingo Central beat Poca 62-20
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Mingo Central beat Chapmanville 69-21
ALL-TIME SERIES: Mingo Central leads 3-0
Chapmanville vs. Mingo Central
All-Time Football Series
(Mingo Central leads 3-0)
2015: Mingo Central 69, Chapmanville 21
2014: Mingo Central 53, Chapmanville 6
2013: Mingo Central 20, Chapmanville 14
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 4-0 6-0 308 81
Chapmanville 4-2 5-2 238 116
Logan 1-1 3-3 175 120
Scott 2-4 2-4 149 163
Wayne 0-4 1-5 120 190
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Sissonville 5-1 5-1 150 123
Winfield 4-1 4-2 239 186
Herbert Hoover 4-2 4-2 185 105
Nitro 1-4 1-5 79 262
Poca 0-6 0-7 78 325
Friday, October 14 games
Logan at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
*Chapmanville at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Scott at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
*Herbert Hoover at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
*Sissonville at Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
*Winfield at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
*Cardinal Conference game
Friday, October 7 results
Chapmanville 40, Man 21
John Marshall 13, Logan 6
Mingo Central 62, Poca 20
Scott 48, Wayne 20
Winfield 63, Nitro 21
Sissonville 27, Herbert Hoover 19
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).