Tigers close out 4-6 with loss at Point Pleasant
by Paul Adkins
The 2012 season came to a close for the Chapmanville Regional High School football team with Friday night’s 48-15 loss at Class AAA Point Pleasant.
The Tigers finished 4-6 — their first losing season since 2005.
Chapmanville will also be missing the Class AA playoffs for the first time in six years.
Chase Walton led Point Pleasant as he scored four touchdowns. Marquez Griffin ran for 203 yards on 10 carries as the Black Knights beat Chapmanville for the third time in two years.
Walton caught touchdown passes of 36 and 10 yards from quarterback Aden Yates, who connected on 7-of-9 passes for 87 yards. Walton added TD runs of 10 and 42 and had 53 receiving yards.
Griffin also had a 70-yard touchdown run and Yates also fired a 12-yard scoring strike to Brycen Reymond.
Point Pleasant eliminated the Tigers from last year’s Class AA playoffs with a 33-13 victory over Chapmanville in the state semifinals, also played at Point.
Point Pleasant improved to 8-2 and entered the game ranked No. 12 in the state in Class AAA.
It’s the last game in the series between the two teams. The Tigers are expected to drop Point Pleasant in 2013 and add Mingo Central, which joined the Cardinal Conference this season. The Miners won their season finale on Friday with a 44-0 home win at Newtown over Herbert Hoover in league action. Mingo Central has gone 5-5 in each of its two seasons since consolidation.
Chapmanville was led by senior running back DaShawn Alexander, who ran for 46 yards on 12 carries.
Senior quarterback Brandon White was 5-for-10 passing for 74 yards with a 4-yard scoring strike to Dustin Smith in the first quarter and a 30-yard TD pass to Brady Cox late in the game.
Point Pleasant and Chapmanville were tied 7-7 after one quarter.
The Black Knights then outscored the Tigers 28-0 in the second to take a 35-7 halftime lead. Point then coasted in the second half.
Point Pleasant is expected to get a low seed for this week’s Class AAA playoffs and will have to travel for a first-round playoff game.
The Black Knights lost to Wayne in last year’s 2A state championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Smith finished with eight carries for 42 yards and four catches for 58 yards.
Cox had two grabs for 33 yards and a score. Zac Casto had one catch for 14 yards.
Devin Wiley had one carry for five yards. Trevor Payne had one rush for 14 yards. Matt Chapman and Paul Workman also had one carry each.
Backup quarterback Alex Berry threw for a two-point converison. Dustin Conley kicked one PAT.
Payne led the Chapmanville defense with 12 solo tackles, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
Austin Watts had six solos and two assists. Matt Chapman had five tackles and three assisted stops, while Matthew Dingess had five solos and one assist.
Dakota Sowers finished with four solos and two assists. White had four solos on the evening. Zach Pridemore had three solos and three assists. Cox had three solos and a forced fumble.
Alexander had two tackles and two assists. Smith had two solos and one assist, while Casto and Frankie Thompson each had two solos.
Wiley had one solo and one assist. Workman and Tanner Dillon each had a tackle.
Conley punted five times for an average of 39 yards per kick.
Chapmanville was penalized 10 times for 78 yards. Point Pleasant had nine flags for 85 yards.
Final Cardinal Conference
TEAM W-L CONF
Wayne…………………. 10-0 7-0
Scott…………………….. 7-3 5-1
Sissonville……………… 5-4 3-3
Mingo Central………….. 5-5 2-1
Tolsia…………………… 5-5 4-4
Chapmanville………… 4-6 2-4
Poca……………………. 2-8 0-6
Herbert Hoover………… 1-9 1-6
Friday, Nov. 2 results:
Point Pleasant 48, Chapmanville 15
Wayne 45, Bluefield 14
Logan 16, Scott 3
Mingo Central 44, Herbert Hoover 0
Tolsia 32, Poca 14
Braxton County at Sissonville, Saturday night, late
END OF REGULAR SEASON
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