Chapmanville quarterback Brody Dalton steps over a Mingo Central defender on his way to a 28-yard second quarter touchdown in the Tigers 42-20 victory over the Miners. (Holly Eldridge/Holly Eldridge Photography).
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NEWTOWN Looking to secure a spot in the Class AA playoffs, 13th-ranked Chapmanville moved one step closer with its third straight win Friday night on Miner Mountain.
Chapmanville all but clinched a spot in the top 16 with a crucial 42-20 win over the Mingo Central Miners at James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium Friday night.
With the win, Chapmanville improved its record to 6-3 and improve its chance of securing its first playoff berth in seven years.
The win was also the first ever for Chapmanville at Mingo Central and marked the first time in school history that the Tigers have defeated the Miners in consecutive seasons.
Friday’s contest with Mingo Central got off to a fast start with Chapmanville scoring 35 first half points.
Quarterback Brody Dalton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Austin Adkins caught two touchdown passes and Kohl Farmer eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the Tigers in the victory.
Dalton completed 6 of 9 passes for 142 yards and touchdowns passes of 56 and 59 yards to Adkins, who hauled in four receptions for 124 yards. Dalton also ran for 52 yards on four carries and scored on runs of 2 and 28 yards. Farmer ran for 125 yards on 19 carries and scored one touchdown.
Chapmanville took a 7-0 lead on its first possession when Dalton and Adkins hooked up for a 59-yard score with 10:39 left in the opening quarter.
Dalton added to the Tigers lead with a 2-yard touchdown run with 0:38 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers tacked on three touchdowns in the final five minutes of the second quarter to extend their lead to 35-0 over the Miners at halftime.
Dalton started the second quarter onslaught with a 28-yard rushing touchdown with 5:00 remaining to make it 21-0. Two minutes later, Dalton and Adkins hooked up for a 56-yard touchdown with 3:00 remaining to increase the lead to 28-0.
Following a botched snap of an attempted Mingo Central punt, Chapmanville took over on the Miner 2 and needed just one play to capitalize as Farmer ran in from 2-yards out to give the Tigers a 35-0 lead with 0:19 remaining before halftime.
Despite a 35-point deficit, the Miners dug in and scored 20 third quarter points to close the gap to 35-20 after three quarters.
Jake Cline started the scoring with a 9-yard run with 4:10 remaining to get Mingo Central on the board.
The Miners recovered a Chapmanville fumble at the Tigers 38 and needed just two plays to draw within 22 points as quarterback Chris Ross hooked up with Malaki Sheppard for a 38-yard score with 1:39 remaining.
Mingo Central executed a perfect onside kick, recovering the kick at the Tigers 46. Two plays and 0:17 later Ross and Sheppard hooked up for a second touchdown, this one covering 40 yards to cut Chapmanville’s lead to 35-20 with 1:22 remaining.
Ross completed 17 of 34 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ross also ran for 77 yards on 17 carries while Sheppard hauled in seven receptions for 127 yards for the Miners.
Caleb Whitt added a 6-yard touchdown for Chapmanville’s final score of the contest. Whitt’s run gave the Tigers a 42-20 lead with 3:36 remaining.
A Keldon Lucas interception of Ross sealed the win for the Tigers and dropped the Miners to 3-6 on the season.
Mingo Central will close out the season on the road Friday night at Mount View while Chapmanville will have a shot to wrap up a playoff berth with a win at county rival and Class A No. 12 Man.
A win not only secures a playoff berth but keeps hopes alive of potentially hosting a first round playoff game and it would also give the Tigers their first outright Logan County championship since 2017.
A loss doesn’t necessarily eliminate the Tigers from postseason play as they are one of seven teams fighting for the final five spots in Class AA. The Tigers would a combination of two losses from Keyser, Logan, Nicholas County or Point Pleasant to qualify for the postseason.
Chapmanville 42, Mingo Central 20
CHS 14 21 0 7- 42
MCHS 0 0 20 0- 20
C- Adkins 59 pass from Dalton (Ferrell kick), 10:39
C- Dalton 1 run (Ferrell kick), 0:38
C- Dalton 28 run (Ferrell kick), 5:00
C- Adkins 56 pass from Dalton (Ferrell kick), 3:00
C- Farmer 2 run (Ferrell kick), 0:19
MC- Cline 9 run (kick failed), 4:10
MC- Sheppard 38 pass from Ross (Trent kick), 1:39
MC- Sheppard 40 pass from Ross (Trent kick), 1:22
C- Whitt 6 run (Ferrell kick), 3:36
RUSHING- Chapmanville: Farmer 19-125, Dalton 4-52, Whitt 4-20, Pridemore 4-6, Adkins 2-1, Stallard 2-2, Team 2-(minus 5). Mingo Central: Ross 17-77, Bolding 5-26, Cline 5-17, Vance 3-13, Runyon 3-9, Perry 1-3, Prater 1-2, Team 1-(minus 18).
PASSING- Chapmanville: Dalton 6-9-1 142. Mingo Central: Ross 17-34-2 219.
RECEIVING- Chapmanville: Adkins 4-124, Pridemore 2-18. Mingo Central: Sheppard 7-127, Campbell 5-47, Prater 1-36, Bolding 1-4, Conley 1-3, Cline 1-2, Perry 1-0.