Chapmanville rides defense to 21-12 victory over Winfield
WINFIELD — Chapmanville trailed early, but its offense sparked to life following a second-quarter lightning delay at Winfield on Friday night.
The Tigers trailed by six points in the first quarter, but following a 79-minute weather delay, Chapmanville (1-2) manufactured two second-quarter scoring drives and never trailed from that point en route to a 21-12 win at Winfield (1-2).
Chapmanville running back Nick Collier scored on a 65-yard touchdown run and the Tigers took a lead they would not relinquish with the ensuing successful point-after kick. With three seconds left in the first half, Chapmanville scored again on a 12-yard pass from Chase Berry to Brennan Williams.
Chapmanville found its offensive stride as the game progressed, but its defense held tough throughout. Winfield mustered just 60 total offensive yards in the first half and finished with 31 carries for 118 rushing yards.
Winfield looked to rally back into the game when the Generals capped their first possession of the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by John Covert. The two-point run failed, though, and Winfield trailed 14-12.
Chapmanville quickly responded by scoring on its next drive, the game’s final points. Berry hit Waylon Hensley for a 31-yard touchdown reception. With the kick, the Tigers led 21-12.
A fourth-quarter fumble gave Winfield hope, as the Generals started the ensuing drive at their own 44-yard line with 5:21 left in the game. The Generals advanced to the 8-yard line, and opted to attempt a 25-yard field goal to bring the game within a touchdown. However, the kick sailed wide right and Chapmanville ran out the remaining 3:15 in the contest to secure the victory.
After a 30-minute lightning delay pushed back the game’s start, Winfield struck first, scoring on just the second offensive play of the game on a 54-yard run by Cameron Brooks. The kick failed, and the touchdown marked the Generals’ lone points on the half. Winfield committed no turnovers in the first half, but three fumbled snaps stymied several potential drives for the Generals.
Winfield found early success in the running game with Brooks, but Chapmanville limited the Generals offense from that point. Winfield finished with 183 total yards.
Winfield next plays at Wayne at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while Chapmanville entertains Nitro at 7:30 p.m. Friday.