CHAPMANVILLE — There’s still a pathway for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team to reach the Class AA playoffs for the sixth straight year.
But it isn’t going to be easy.
Heading into this week’s open date, Chapmanville currently sits at 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the Cardinal Conference and 19th in this week’s computer ratings.
In order to make it to the post-season again the Tigers will most likely have to go at least 2-1 in their final three games. A 6-4 record could get Chapmanville in but a 5-5 mark would be iffy.
The road to the playoffs continues on Friday, Oct. 19 when Chapmanville takes the field again as the Tigers host Tolsia (3-4, 2-3) in a Cardinal Conference game.
Then the road gets much tougher as Chapmanville hosts Class AA No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Wayne (6-0) on Oct. 26 before going to Class AAA No. 13 Point Pleasant (4-2) in the regular season finale on Nov. 2.
Point is a former member of the Cardinal Conference and lost to fellow league foe Wayne in last year’s Class AA state championship game at Wheeling. Point knocked off Chapmanville twice last season, including a 33-13 victory over the Tigers in the Class AA state semifinals at Point Pleasant.
Tolsia gets back into action this Friday night at home against county foe Wayne. The Rebels and the Pioneers are longstanding rivals and met in the 2006 Class AA state championship game with Wayne coming out on top.
Led by first-year head coach Mike Smith, Tolsia appears to be much improved from last year’s team.
The Rebels narrowly lost 22-20 at Mingo Central last week and toppled Sissonville 14-7 a couple of weeks ago — an Indian team Chapmanville lost to earlier in the season. Tolsia opened with losses to Scott (28-6) and Point Pleasant (40-2) and then won over Fairland, Ohio (12-9) and Herbert Hoover (46-7) before falling 18-14 to Class A Tug Valley on Sept. 21 at Naugatuck.
“They are going to throw the ball and they are going to rally. They have a bunch of good players,” Chapmanville coach George Barker said of Tolsia. “They are a little bit better defensively than they’ve been offensively. They have kept a lot of offenses from scoring points. We’ll have to play our best in order for us to get out of here with a win.”
Barker said the Rebels have a good passing game.
“They like to sling it around. They’ve got a freshman quarterback like we saw tonight (against Man),” Barker said. “We’ll get ready for them. We’ve just got to play. There comes a time where you just have to go play and that’s what we’ve got to do.”
Chapmanville is coming off last week’s 20-0 homecoming win over county rival Man.
Barker said he was going to give his players a day off this week to rest and heal up for the Rebels.
“I wish they would let us play 11 (games),” Barker quipped. “The bye week is always a good thing if you are smart and you do things right. We’re taking a day off to let them rest. They need a day off. We haven’t had a day off since July. A day off will be good for them. We’ll just see what happens.”
Chapmanville has dominated the recent series with Tolsia winning the last three meetings since the Rebels rejoined the Cardinal Conference.
The Tigers blasted the Rebels 49-20 last season at Glenhayes. Two years ago at home, CRHS rolled to a 59-12 victory. Chapmanville won the 2009 meeting on the road by a 33-16 score.
Tolsia had the upper hand on the Tigers previously as the Rebels won in 2005 and 2004 by identical 27-0 counts. In 2003, Tolsia beat Chapmanville 41-12. The 2002 meeting at Tolsia was won by the Rebels 41-6. Back in 1999, Chapmanville took an 8-0 decision over the Rebels at Glenhayes. The two teams also met in the late 1990s in the playoffs with the Rebels coming out on top.
TEAM W-L CONF
Wayne…………………. 6-0 4-0
Scott…………………….. 6-1 4-1
Mingo Central………….. 4-2 1-1
Chapmanville………… 4-3 2-2
Sissonville……………… 3-3 2-3
Tolsia…………………… 3-4 2-3
Poca……………………. 2-5 0-3
Herbert Hoover………… 1-6 1-4
Friday, Oct. 12 games:
Wayne at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Scott at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Clay County, 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville — Open date
Mingo Central — Open date
Poca — Open date
Friday, Oct. 5 results:
Chapmanville 20, Man 0
Wayne 47, Scott 6
Mingo Central 22, Tolsia 20
Webster County 34, Poca 24
Sissonville 27, Herbert Hoover 20