Skyhawks lose Corridor G rivalry match

Ron Gregory

September 16, 2013

CHAPMANVILLE – Friday the Thirteenth proved as unfortunate as the seers say it can be Friday evening as the Scott Skyhawks hit another bump in the 2013 season road.

This time, the Hawks suffered a disappointing 20-13 loss to Corridor G rival Chapmanville Regional of the Cardinal Conference. The loss dropped Scott to 1-2 on the season and lifted the Tigers above the .500 mark.

As was the case in Scott’s opening season loss at Herbert Hoover, the Hawks often seemed able to move the ball at will but defensive stands and inept Scott plays regularly kept them out of the end zone.

Tiger Stadium in Chapmanville was filled to the brim for the big game on an evening that gave fans the first taste of a fall nip in the air.

The teams showed little offensive juice in the first half, with the lone score being a touchdown scored by Chapmanville’s Paul Workman.

With 4:13 twinkling on the first quarter clock, Workman went in on a two-yard run to bring the Tiger faithful to their feet with a 6-0 lead. The point-after run by Workman was also good and it was quickly 8-0.

That would be the only scoring in the half, although Scott looked good on offense on several series. Still, the Tiger defense was strong when it needed to be. They forced turnovers on downs three times and Scott punted once.

The second half scoring did not get underway until 8:38 remained in the third quarter. Scott’s senior quarterback Cody Brown went in from one-yard out to make it 8-6. Dezmond Cardero-Lopez’s extra-point kick was good and it was 8-7.

CRHS came back with a roar, however. With 2:18 remaining in the third, quarterback Alex Berry hooked on a 42-yard pass to Brady Cox and it was 14-7. The points-after pass, intended for Cox, was no good.

The score remained at the seven-point margin for Chapmanville at the end of the third canto.

With 8:40 on the game clock, Berry again fired a touchdown strike, this time to Zac Casto and it was 20-7. The point-after kick try was muffed on a bad snap.

The Skyhawks proved they still had some fight by launching a quick scoring drive to make the game close. With 6:20 on the clock, Cameron Loftus trotted in with a 55-yard touchdown to draw it to 20-13. Cordero-Lopez’s after-point kick sailed wide.

Although Scott again put on a game offensive performance, they could not pierce the end zone and the contest ended with Chapmanville’s seven-point victory. As in the first half, the CRHS defense was powerful, forcing two turnovers on downs and another punt. In all, the Hawks were stopped on the CRHS two, 22, 24 and 14-yard-lines.

A fumble gave the Hawks the ball at Chapmanville’s 35-yard-line for one final possession. Following a first down, three plays netted seven yards for the Hawks and they faced fourth-and-three yards to go. The squad lined up behind Brown for what was arguably the biggest play of the new season. Unfortunately, Brown got thrown for a one-yard loss as the CRHS defense rose to the occasion. That, for all intents and purposes, was the ball game.

Chapmanville Head Coach George Barker, an alumnus of the old Chapmanville High School, said he felt snake-bitten heading into the Friday the Thirteenth match-up. The school had no water for several days, he said, and then thunder storms nearly wiped out Thursday’s practices. Thus, said the veteran coach, he went into the game wondering if his young squad was fully prepared for the challenge.

Tailback Devin Wiley, the Harts Creeker, paced Chapmanville’s offense with 134 yards on 27 carries. Quarterback Berry completed five-of-nine passes for 89 yards and had the two touchdown passes.

Barker added, “Whatever we did was right. I thought (Defensive Coordinator) Bo Berry put a good scheme in. We executed pretty close to perfection. We did a pretty good job with it.”

Triston Crone gained 51 yards on 12 carries to lead Scott. Loftus gained 46 yards on 12 tries. Brown was good on 13 of 20 pass tries for 74 yards. He had no interceptions.

Scott Head Coach Shane Griffith was again disappointed in his team’s overall performance. “We had opportunities to put 30 points on the board and didn’t make them,” said the skipper. “I don’t know if it was their defense or we just didn’t make plays.”

Griffith customarily breaks down game film over the weekend before making total judgments as to what occurred.

Scott was penalized nine times on the evening for 51-1/2 yards. The flag was thrown 11 times on CRHS for 80 yards.

The Hawks are home this Friday evening, September 20, as they host Cardinal Conference foe Sissonville. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Poca comes in the following Friday as the season rolls toward mid-year.