The Chapmanville Tigers used a strong rushing attack to defeat the Logan Wildcats 35-14 from Willis-Nisbet Stadium in Logan, WV on Friday night. Jeremy Collins led the Tigers on the ground with 29 carries for 159 yards and 1 TD. Andrew Topping also added 15 carries for 103 yards and Eli Pridemore had 8 carries for 49 yards. As a team, the Tigers rushed for 325 yards and added 118 yards passing from Sophomore QB Nate Easterling and another 50 yards passing from Topping. Overall, the Tigers had 493 yards of total offense.
Chapmanville Head Coach Zach Belcher was pleased with his team’s performance, “I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage and played our brand of physical football really well.” Chapmanville took the led at the 4:56 mark of the first quarter when Eli Pridemore scored from 3 yards out. The Tigers then scored again at the 10:20 mark of the second quarter when Easterling found Austin Adkins for a 13 yard TD pass. Logan would answer on their next possession though as Adam Baisden found Rylee Jones for an 18-yard TD pass to cut the Chapmanville lead to 14-7 midway through the 2nd quarter.
Chapmanville would answer though as Collins ran in from 20 yards out and the kicker Sebastian Carrillo ran in the two point conversion to give the Tigers a 22-7 halftime lead.
The 3rd quarter would end quietly on the scoreboard, but Logan would get back on the board at the beginning of the 4th quarter as Baisden found Julius Clancy through the air to get Logan back within one score at 22-14. Chapmanville would close the door late in the 4th quarter though as Pridemore scored his second TD of the night from 8 yards out to give Chapmanville a 29-14 lead, and then with 1:19 left in the game, Andrew Topping found Benji Adkins from 50 yards out to secure the Tigers 35-14 win.
With the win, Chapmanville moves to 4-4 on the season and keeps their playoff hopes alive. “It’s always good to get a win against Logan, especially on the road,” Belcher said. “This one gives us a chance to continue to push toward our goals of a county championship and making the AA playoffs.” Belcher praised his young team in the win, “Man, we are banged up and are so young in a lot of spots right now, but we keep fighting and finding a way to compete.”
Chapmanville will host Mingo Central on Friday, October 27th in what is a de facto playoff game for the Tigers.