CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. -- Chapmanville coach George Barker had a strange week leading up to the rivalry showdown with Scott.
The school had no water for a few days, which put a wrench into preparations, then thunderstorms limited Thursday's final practice.
Everything, though, went according to script on -- of all days -- Friday the 13th, as the Tigers defense turned back the Skyhawks on numerous occasions to post a 20-13 victory. A packed Tiger Stadium crowd turned out for the Boone-Lincoln County matchup.
After a fumble set up Scott at Chapmanville's 35-yard line with the Tigers clinging to a 20-13 lead, the Tigers' defense rose to the occasion one last time, stuffing the Skyhawks on fourth-and-3 from the Chapmanville 14, throwing Scott quarterback Cody Brown for a 1-yard loss to seal the win.
The Tigers stuffed the Skyhawks on all four of their first-half possessions, forcing turnovers on downs three times and one punt. In the second half, Chapmanville gave up two touchdowns, but forced two turnovers on downs and forced a punt on three of five Scott possessions. The Skyhawks were turned away at the Tigers' 2, 22, 24 and 14.
"Whatever we did was right,'' Barker said. "I thought [defensive coordinator Bo] Berry put a good scheme in. We executed pretty close to perfection. [Scott is] a big-play football team and they only had one. With those great athletes they have, it's hard to keep them . . .we did a pretty good job with it.''
Tailback Devin Wiley paced Chapmanville's offense with 134 yards on 27 carries and quarterback Alex Berry, who completed 5 of 9 passes for 89 yards, tossed two scoring passes.
After coming up empty in the opening half and trailing 8-0, Scott closed within 8-7 on Brown's 1-yard TD sneak in the third quarter. Berry, though, answered with a 42-yard catch-and-run with Brady Cox to go ahead 14-7 with 2:16 to go in the period.
The Tigers seemed to put the game nearly out of reach on Berry's 13-yard scoring pass to Zac Casto to take a 20-7 advantage with 8:40 to go in the fourth quarter. Six seconds later on the first play from scrimmage, Cam Loftus sprinted 54 yards for a TD to pull the Skyhawks within 20-13 with 8:34 left in the game.
Berry and sophomore running back Tanner Dillon had a bad exchange on a handoff and Dillon fumbled the ball forward as Scott pounced on the opportunity. The Tigers defense, though, again came to the rescue.
"We were mixing up the coverages,'' Barker said. "We didn't blow many assignments. They like to look at your [defense], then call a play and we tried to give them one thing then do another. Kind of messing with them a little bit. Sometimes they got us and sometimes we got them. The kids gave a great effort.''
Triston Crone turned in 51 yards on 12 carries for Scott (1-2) and Loftus finished with 46 yards on 12 totes. Brown completed 13 of 20 passes for 74 yards with the two scores and no interceptions.
"We just had opportunities and didn't make them to put more than 30 points on the board,'' said Scott coach Shane Griffith. "I don't know if it was their defense or we just didn't make plays.''Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4811.