CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- It would have been easy for Class AAA No. 6 Capital to overlook Princeton on Friday night.
After all, the Tigers entered winless and had given up over 50 points in their last two games while the Cougars were unbeaten with a big road showdown next week at rival South Charleston.
Capital (3-0) took care of their business, though, using great defense to smother Princeton (0-4) all night on its way to earning an easy 49-7 home victory at University of Charleston Stadium.
It was also an emotional night as the home opener for the Cougars was designated as "The Jack D. Woolwine Jr. Memorial Football Game", honoring the former Capital coach, who died in July.
"It was tough for me," said Capital Coach Jon Carpenter, who took over the program when Woolwine resigned after a nine-year tenure in 2010.
Carpenter previously served as Capital's offensive coordinator prior to Woolwine's retirement.
"I think four of these kids played for coach. It was really hard on me. You expect to see him up there and you know how excited he would be for Capital high school," Carpenter said.
Despite the heavy emotional atmosphere, the Cougars didn't come out flat. They jumped on Princeton early and often.
"We were ready for this game, being the first home game," Capital quarterback Tyhree Pratt said. "Everyone had their heads up and were hyped. We got on track and were connecting on all cylinders. We have to keep it up and not get the big head."
The Cougars defense was all over Princeton all night, allowing nly eight total yards of offense in the first half on 23 plays. The Tigers only had one first down in the half, and had minus-18 rushing yards. They trailed 35-0.
Princeton only could tally three first downs after through three third quarters and trailing 49-0. The game was played with a running clock in the fourth quarter, and the Tigers avoided the shutout with a 2-yard touchdown run from Jordan Jones with just 34.3 seconds to play.
"It doesn't matter," Carpenter said of the missed shutout. "That's not something you keep track of. Our first team didn't get scored on. Our kids are excited. The shutout didn't matter too much."
Pratt, just a freshman, had another solid night for Capital, accounting for four touchdowns, including three in the air. He finished the night with 144 yards passing. Meanwhile, Cougar running back Kashaun Haley tallied 122 yards on the ground.
Pratt has yet to throw an interception this season.
Princeton 0 0 0 7 -- 7
Capital 22 13 14 0 -- 49
First downs 9 16
Total yards 108 382
Rushes-yards 36-56 27-238
Passing 52 144
Comp-Att-Int 5-10-0 11-16-0