The table is set for one of the biggest games of the season for middle school football when Chapmanville (3-0) travels to rival Logan (3-0) this Thursday night. Both teams are undefeated and have dominated their opponents so far this season. Chapmanville’s defense has only surrendered 6 points this season, while Logan has shutout all three opponents they have faced. The offenses for each club have been equally as impressive, Chapmanville averaging 37 points per game and Logan averaging 48 points per game.
Ashley Dalton, head coach for the CMS Tigers, expects a great atmosphere for Thursday’s big contest, “This is for the county championship, huge rivalry between neighboring schools, and two of the top programs in the mountains. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s standing room only. We expect a super atmosphere.”
Brandon Adkins, head coach for the LMS Timberwovles agrees, “We are very excited for this one.” Adkins says he expects the game to be hard hitting, “I expect some very intense physical football on Thursday. We play our style regardless of the opponent so we think we are up for the challenge.”
Both coaches were very impressed with each other’s teams and gave compliments to many of the mountains top players. “Dalton is a really good QB along with Maynard and Ellison in the backfield,” Adkins said of the Tigers. “They have big time talent across the board. We have the upmost respect for them and know we’ve got to play our best game to beat them. Dalton had high praise for Logan as well, “They are really good. Caleb Johnson at QB is excellent and their backs Lucas Lambert and Luvante Kenney are elite.” Dalton added, “If you are in Southern West Virginia and miss this one, you’re just not a football fan.”
Chapmanville Middle School used another strong defensive performance to shut down the Man Middle Pioneers 33-0 last Thursday to move to 3-0. They were led in the game by Jacob Maynard who had 4 carries for 69 yards and 1 TD. Jaxson Ellison had 8 carries for 63 yards and 2 TDs. QB Dakota Dalton was 8 for 13 for 92 yards and 2 TDs. David Browning led the CMS receivers with 3 catches for 53 yards and 2 TDs. Mattox Sartin added 4 catches for 31 yards. Preston Cooper had one catch for 8 yards and Jake Hainer also recorded a reception for 5 yards. Defensively, Tony Adkins was dominate on the defensive line with 13 total tackles and 2 sacks. Sawyer Dalton finished with 8 tackles to help in the victory.
Logan Middle School dominated Winfield 50-0 last Thursday to stay unbeaten. QB Caleb Johnson threw two touchdown passes to Lucas Lambert in the victory and Luvante Kenney broke off two long TD runs of 85 yards and 35 yards to pace the Timberwolves offense. Kenney also intercepted a Winfield pass and returned it for a touchdown to give him 3 total touchdowns on the evening. Johnson and Brodee Belcher added late rushing touchdowns to give the Timberwolves the large victory.
This Thursday’s contest should be one of the best middle school matchups in the mountains, and the D&D Sports Network will provide coverage of the game starting at 6:50 PM on Thursday from Willis-Nisbet Field in Logan, WV.