CHAPMANVILLE — One new team will dot the Chapmanville Regional High School football schedule this fall.
That team is Mingo Central.
The Miners, which joined the Cardinal Conference with affiliate league membership last season, are playing a more full conference schedule this fall.
One of those new additions is a game against the Chapmanville Tigers this season. Chapmanville is scheduled to host the Miners on Oct. 18 in the first ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The Tigers will then, presumably, play for the first time at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium in 2014 as Chapmanville will have a return game with the Miners.
Chapmanville will get a taste of Mingo Central’s new football field on Aug. 17 when the Tigers are slated to take on the Poca Dots in the first ever Cardinal Conference Gridorama. The remaining six league teams — Scott, Mingo Central, Sissonville, Tolsia, Wayne and Herbert Hoover will also square off in three more scrimmages at Mingo Central to complete the day.
Wayne, the two-time defending Class AA state champions, are set to battle it out against the Scott Skyhawks in the gridorama. Wayne beat Keyser 35-0 in last year’s state championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium. The year before in 2011 the Pioneers won 34-7 over then Cardinal Conference member Point Pleasant in the finals.
Wayne also won a recent 2A state championship in 2006 with a 33-6 victory over county rival Tolsia, which has since rejoined the conference.
“We’re going to play three quarters of football in each game — two at the varsity level and one at the JV level,” Chapmanville football coach George Barker said about the gridorama. “It’s going to take place in the second Saturday after practice starts. We start practice on August 5. The games will probably start around 3 o’clock in the afternoon to get in all four scrimmages. We put everybody’s name in the hat and drew them out one at a time. The first team drawn was Poca and the second team was us, so we’re going to scrimmage Poca.”
Chapmanville’s new opponent Mingo Central, which went 5-6 last season and lost 61-14 at Keyser in the first round of the Class AA playoffs, does not play conference teams Sissonville or Scott this year.
The Miners, coached by former longtime Matewan High School football coach Yogi Kinder, beat River View (34-12), Westside (37-24), Man (30-14), Tolsia (22-20) and Herbert Hoover (44-0) last season and lost to Wyoming East (19-16), Wayne (53-14), Wheeling Central (35-16), Logan (28-16) and Nicholas County (42-23).
Chapmanville is slated to open the 2013 season on Aug. 30 at home against league foe Sissonville. The Indians beat the Tigers 40-21 in last year’s opener.
CRHS then plays Sept. 6 at Herbert Hoover, Sept. 13 at home against rival Scott and Sept. 20 at Poca before hosting Class AAA county rival Logan on Sept. 27 in a non-conference game. The Tigers follow that with an Oct. 4 home game against James Monroe in another non-league affair before going to Class A county rival Man on Oct. 11 in another non-conference game.
After taking on the Hillbillies, Chapmanville hosts Mingo Central and closes out with a pair of conference road games in Wayne County on Oct. 25 at Tolsia and Nov. 1 at Wayne.
Chapmanville split in its county games last season, falling 20-0 at Logan and winning by the same score over the Man Hillbillies.
Since Chapmanville plays 10 games in 10 weeks there is no open date for the Tigers this season.
The Tigers are coming off last year’s 4-6 season.
It was the first time Chapmanville had suffered a losing football campaign since 2005.
Chapmanville had its string of six straight winning seasons and five straight playoff appearances come to a close.
The Tigers won over Herbert Hoover (33-19), James Monroe (19-6), Man (20-0) and Poca (34-33) last season. Chapmanville came close to getting a fifth win as the Tigers narrowly lost to the Tolsia Rebels, 40-32.
Chapmanville lost some key seniors due to graduation, including: running back Dustin Smith; quarterback/slot back Brandon White; defensive back Trevor Payne; running back Deshawn Alexander; defensive end/punter/kicker Dustin Conley; linebacker Austin Watts; and linemen Frankie Thompson, Zach Pridemore and Dakota Sowers.
The Tigers, though, return many key players such as quarterback Max Spradlin, wide receiver Brady Cox, running back Devin Wiley, wideout Zac Casto and others.
Chapmanville begins its quest in 2013 on June 10 as the three-week practice period it set to get under way.
The Tigers have one 7-on-7 event — June 14 at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
2013 Chapmanville Regional High School
Aug. 30: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6: at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27: Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: James Monroe, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Man, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
2012 Season Results (4-6):
at Sissonville, L 21-40
Herbert Hoover, W 33-19
at Scott, L 21-40
Poca, W 34-33
at Logan, L 0-20
at James Monroe, W 19-6
Man, W 20-0
Tolsia, L 32-40
Wayne, L 7-55
at Point Pleasant, L 15-48