Capital’s too much for Hurricane
Capita l’s offense hasn’t always been clicking this season, but when you can score on defense and special teams the way the Cougars can, it hardly matters.
For the third straight game, Capital got a kickoff return for a touchdown and had four defensive/special teams scores in the first half at University of Charleston Stadium on Friday night during a 49-10 victory against Hurricane to remain one of the state’s few unbeaten Class AAA teams.
Even though Capital won its first two games at Kentucky power Johnson Central and last week at South Charleston, the passing game with senior quarterback Kerry Martin Jr. wasn’t at the level of past seasons. Martin came into Friday’s game having completed just nine passes for the season, hindered by a variety of factors.
Martin completed only two passes in the first half Friday but, again, it didn’t affect the outcome.
By halftime, Capital held a 22-3 lead without scoring an offensive point. The Cougars got a 14-yard blocked punt return by Breece Hoff (who also blocked the punt), a 77-yard kickoff return by Deishawn Harper following a safety and Martin’s 20-yard interception return.
On the safety, Kalai Clark and Jesse “Juicebox″ Wilcox combined to tackle Hurricane tailback Christian Hill in the end zone on a third-and-8 play from the Redskins 3-yard line.
Capital managed just five first downs in the first despite taking a comfortable lead. With five minute left to halftime, the Cougars had gained just 46 yards on offense.
Hurricane got its points when Timothy McCutchen drilled a 35-yard field goal with 5:48 left in the second quarter. The Redskins began that possession on the Capital 42 after recovering a fumble.
In the first half, Hurricane picked up only 76 yards on its 30 offensive plays and wasn’t into plus-yardage until the halfway point of the second quarter. By that time, it already trailed 22-0 with two turnovers and a blocked punt.
Capital’s first possession of the third quarter resulted in its first offensive points as Martin completed three passes, including a 20-yarder to K.J. Figures for a touchdown to make it 29-3.
Hurricane then responded with a scoring drive of its own, moving 60 yards in nine plays. Backup quarterback Nathan Roy found J.T. Cooper with an 8-yard TD pass.
After that, Martin seemed to put the game on ice, scrambling 65 yards for a touchdown on a third-and-27.
On the next offensive snap, Hurricane snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head for the second time in the game and Chris Crowder recovered for Capital on the Skins 1. Kalai Clark pounded it into the end zone to make it 42-10.
Capital was one of nine Class AAA teams in West Virginia to enter the weekend with a 2-0 record. For a seventh straight season, Capital dedicated its season home opener to former coach Jack Woolwine, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012.