CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School football team and its “Tiger Air Raid” offense buried the rival Scott Skyhawks on Friday night.
It was simply a huge night for Alex Berry, Jacob Dingess and the No. 7-ranked Chapmanville Tigers.
Berry tossed six touchdown passes on the night — five of them to his favorite target Dingess — as Chapmanville crushed the rival Scott Skyhawks 48-16 at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium in the annual CRHS Hall of Fame Game.
Chapmanville improved to 3-0 overall and 3-0 in the Cardinal Conference. With the victory, the Tigers are now in first place all alone in the conference standings. Chapmanville went into the night tied for first place with Tolsia. The Rebels were also 2-0, 2-0 but played a non-conference game on Friday night and won at Fairland, Ohio. By virtue, the Tigers now lead the Rebels by one-half game in the standings.
The story on Friday night was the Berry-to-Dingess combo.
Dingess reeled in touchdown passes of 23, 46, 46, 6 and 54 yards. He had seven catches for 187 yards on the night.
Berry also had a 31-yard TD strike to Billy Sheppard late in the fourth quarter. Berry finished the game 14-of-18 passing for 317 yards and the six TDs.
Tanner Dillon scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for the Tigers’ other score. He had 19 carries for 125 yards and was 4-for-6 in extra point kicks.
Chapmanville aveneged last year’s 39-14 loss at Scott and pulled even with the Skyhawks over the last 12 years as each team has now won six games.
It was a big win for the Tigers, CRHS coach George Barker said.
“We got off to a good start in this game even though we kind of faltered right there before the half,” Barker said. “We played real conservative there in the second half because we had the lead.”
Barker said Berry and Dingess were both outstanding.
“They were up in the box trying to take the run away from us,” Barker said. “So when someone does that to us we’re going to throw the ball. Just like there at the end … they were all jammed up to stop the run so we threw it over the top and scored. It’s that simple. Alex is pretty accurate and he does a good job. When we give him time to throw we’re pretty dangerous throwing the ball.”
Dingess did the damage on screen passes, deep outs and slants to the post and dashed down the turf with his speed.
“They were in that two shell and the middle was open,” Barker said. “We thought we would attack the middle of the field when they were that way.”
Barker also had praise for his team’s defense, which didn’t seem to give up a whole lot.
“I thought in the first half we played some really good defense,” Barker said. “We kind of faltered there a little bit in the second half. They had a couple of pass plays but outside of that I thought that they were pretty good.”
Chapmanville never trailed in the game.
A 23-yard touchdown pass from Berry to Dingess made it 6-0 Tigers with 5:18 to go in the first quarter.
Later, a short 22-yard punt by Scott gave the Tigers a first-and-10 at the Tigers’ 39-yard line.
After a 15-yard pass from Berry to Dylan Smith, Chapmanville was in the end zone again with Berry’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Dingess. After two CRHS penalties on the PAT attempt, Dillon tried a 31-yard extra point but the kick was no good leaving the score at 12-0 with 9:59 left until the half.
Chapmanville then took advantage of another short punt — a 17-yard shank job by Scott — to the Chapmanville 42.
Berry then found Smith on a 41-yard pass to the 1.
Dillon then crashed into the end zone, using a second effort after getting stood up behind the line of scrimmage, to make it 20-0 Chapmanville with 6:50 left until halftime. Berry ran in the two-point conversion.
It was 27-0 Tigers after another Dingess touchdown catch — this one covering 46 yards — as the Tigers upped the margin to 27-0 with 2:10 to go. Dillon’s PAT was good. The touchdown was set up on a 49-yard run by Dillon to the Scott 14.
Scott was able to dent the scoreboard with 19 seconds to go until halftime with quarterback Austin Mitchell’s 3-yard TD run and his conversion pass to Tanner Price to make it 27-8.
Chapmanville then put away the Skyhawks (1-2, 0-2) in the second half with three more scores.
Berry passed to Dingess for a 6-yard touchdown with 1:40 to go in the third. Dillon’s PAT was good as the Tigers led 34-8. For the third time in the game, Chapmanville had good field position following a short punt — this one only traveling 15 yards to the CRHS 43-yard line. A 29-yard pass to Noah Dingess, Jacob’s little brother, put the Tigers inside the 10.
Scott scored once more early in the fourth quarter on Mitchell’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Alan Johnson with 9:53 left. Mitchell completed a pass to Price on the two-point conversion as Scott pulled to within 34-16.
Late in the game, after an interception by Adam Vance, the Tigers gave the Skyhawks a going away present with Berry’s 54-yard TD bomb to Jacob Dingess with 7:05 remaining in the game. Dillon was again good on the point after touchdown kick.
Smith finished the game with four catches for 52 yards. He also had a carry for five yards. Sheppard had two grabs for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Noah Dingess had the one grab for 29 yards. Ethan Thompson had one carry for three yards.
On defense, Ryan Craddock led the Tigers with eight tackles and four solos. Timmy Bigley had eight solos and two assists. Austin Butcher finished with seven solos and four assisted stops. Ricky Combs had six solos, three assists and one sack.
Andy Bias contributed five solo tackles, three assists and one sack. Jordan Whitt had five solos and five assists.
Philip Oxley had three solos and three assists. Thompson and Alex Oxley each finished with three solos and two assists. Smith and Jacob Dingess both had three tackles.
Blake Dalton finished with two solos, two assists and a sack. Seth Whitt also had two tackles and two assists. Vance had two solos, two assists and an interception. Dillon finished with two solos and three assists. He also punted three times for an average of 31 yards per kick.
Sheppard had two tackles for the game. Ethan Neace had two solos and one assist. Evan Willis had one tackle and one assist.
Christopher Dalton, Noah Dingess, Brennan Williams, Dillon Renniger, Christian Farley, Robert Seigman, Ethan Ferrell and Kobe Meade all had a tackle.
The Tigers were penalized 11 times for 110 yards. Scott had seven flags for 70 yards.
CRHS plays at Poca next Friday night in another Cardinal Conference game — Chapmanville’s fourth in a row to start the season. The Dots are 0-3 overall and 0-0 in the Cardinal Conference. Poca lost 47-8 to Class A Buffalo on Friday night.
Since joining the league, the Tigers are 7-1 all-time against the Dots and have won the last seven meetings.
“I’ve been told Poca is getting better and better. We just hope that we can do the same,” Barker said. “We just have to stay on target and stay focused. Sometimes you kind of lose that and that’s what we need to guard against. We’ve won three games now and that makes them all mean something for the rest of the season.”
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Chapmanville 3-0 3-0 116 57
Tolsia 2-0 3-0 137 81
Mingo Central 1-1 2-1 134 59
Herbert Hoover 1-1 2-1 122 56
Wayne 1-1 1-2 91 133
Scott 0-2 1-2 68 121
Poca 0-0 0-3 35 114
Sissonville 0-3 0-3 34 113
Friday, September 11 games:
Chapmanville 48, Scott 16
Mingo Central 34, Sissonville 8
Point Pleasant 64, Wayne 8
Tolsia 44, Fairland (Ohio) 6
Herbert Hoover 48, River View 6
Buffalo 47, Poca 8
Friday, September 18 games:
Chapmanville at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Oak Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central — BYE WEEK
Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner.