No. 1 Capital uses third quarter TDs to down Knights
CHARLESTON — Throttled on offense for more than a half, Capital turned two straight third-quarter drives into touchdowns Friday night and settled for a 20-7 victory over Cabell Midland at University of Charleston Stadium.
Quisean Gray and Kerry Martin Jr. each had TD runs in the third quarter as the unbeaten Cougars overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit. Kalani Hale added a 4-yard return of a blocked punt for another Cougars score.
The K nights started the second half with four straight three-and-outs before throwing an interception on fourth down in the fourth quarter.
Capital (5-0) came into the contest first in the SSAC’s Class AAA playoff ratings, while Midland (2-3) was tied for 13th. The top 16 in each class qualify for the postseason.
The Cougars have now won their last four meetings with the Knights and lead the all-time series between the Mountain State Athletic Conference rivals 19-9.
For the Knights, it was an improvement from the previous week, when they lost 40-10 at Hurricane. They scrapped the spread formation they’d used a lot previously this season and went back to their roots with the Wing-T offense. Midland didn’t try a pass until halfway into the third quarter.
Each team went without key injured players – Midland with defensive lineman Caleb Holbrook (ankle surgery) and Capital without
receivers Deishawn Harper and K.J. Figures.
Midland led 7-0 at the half, moving 35 yards to score on Ivan Vaughn’s 1-yard run with 5:33 left in the second quarter. The Knights punted the Cougars into a hole at their own 2 to get good field position.
On the drive, Midland’s J.J. Roberts gained 2 yards on third-and-1 from the 26. Five plays later from the 1, Ivan Vaughn shrugged off a tackle attempt by Breece Hoff and got the ball just over the goal line to score.
Capital’s most promising drive reached the Midland 28 just before the half, but Logan Spurlock just missed a 45-yard field goal.
Capital tied it 7-7 on its first possession of the second half, moving 63 yards in seven plays, with Quisean Gray scoring on a 15-yard run. A 22-yard hookup from Martin to Chance Knox highlighted the drive.
Capital tangles with another Class AAA unbeaten next week as Spring Valley (5-0) pays a visit to University of Charleston Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Cabell Midland travels to Riverside, also at 7:30.