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Cook rushes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Tigers 28-7 win over Indians

Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports

SISSONVILLE Robert Cook ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and Chapmanville defeated Sissonville 28-7 on Friday night, August 25, at Joe Sawyers Field.

Cook, who took over starting quarterback duties after the graduation of Brody Dalton, scored a 3-yard run in the first half and electrified the crowd with a 74-yard touchdown run on the Tigers opening possession of the second half.

Cook finished with 119 yards on 10 carries and completed 3 of 10 passes for 47 yards as Chapmanville won its season opener to start the 2023 season. The win was also the first for first year head coach Zach Belcher, who took over when James Barker resigned following last season.

Chapmanville scored the game’s first 28 points before Sissonville broke the shutout with a 1-yard run from quarterback Ethan Taylor with 8:01 to play in the fourth.

The Tigers started the scoring with a little trickery as Jeremy Collins and Andrew Topping hooked up for an 18-yard halfpack pass with 9:59 to play in the opening quarter. Jonathan Ferrell tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 Chapmanville lead.

The Tigers would add two scores in the second quarter, the first score, a 3-yard run from Preston Kovach with 8:06 to play before halftime gave Chapmanville a 14-0 advantage following Ferrell’s extra point.

Cook’s 3-yard run with 4:26 in the second and Ferrell’s third extra point kick increased the Tigers lead to 21-0.

Kovach added 34 yards on seven carries, Austin Adkins rushed for 24 yards on seven attempts and Collins carried the ball three times for 15 yards.

Adkins caught one pass for 40 yards, Topping had one catch for 18 yards and Kovach one reception for seven yards.

Taylor, who led the Cardinal Conference in passing yards last season, threw for 120 yards through the air connecting on 13 of his 26 attempts. Taylor also ran for 69 yards on 16 carries.

Jacob Wiseman, the Cardinal Conference’s leading receiver last season, picked up right where he left off, catching eight passes for 85 yards. Nathan Young hauled in four receptions for 27 yards for the Indians.

Eli Pridemore was active in special teams and on the defensive side of the ball for Chapmanville. Pridemore registered a game-high 11 tackles, three of which resulting in a loss and returned the opening kickoff 41 yards to help set up the Tigers first score.

Kovach had eight tackles and two for loss while Ian Plumley made seven stops including two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack while Benji Adkins sacked the quarterback twice in the season opening win.

Lazaro Marquez, Jr. had seven tackles, two for loss and one sack for Sissonville and Maddox Balog had five tackles in a losing effort.

Sissonville travels to Logan Friday night while Chapmanville hits the road for the second consecutive week traveling to Poca.

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