Carpenter, an East Bank High School graduate and former Riverside assistant, scouted Riverside's 70-0 loss to Midland last week. He said he believes first-year Warriors Coach Steven Freeman is up against a significant challenge in rebuilding the once-powerful program in Quincy.
Freeman doesn't flinch from that assessment.
"I wasn't around the program before this year. From what people told me, the last couple years it was common from the kids to quit on them after halftime," Freeman said. "We had kids last week who took responsibility for not doing their jobs. They weren't pointing fingers or giving up. They were working to get better.
"I think that's a big step in the right direction as far as the attitude of the kids."
Capital will take a different approach to attacking the Warriors this week. Midland used its wing-T offense to plow its way to 610 rushing yards on 51 carries last week.
"We want to be able to throw the football. No matter who you play I think you should play your game, and we want to spread it around," Carpenter said.
That would call for the season debut of sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt. The 2012 Kanawha Valley Rookie of the Year and a Daily Mail Preseason All-State selection, Pratt completed 93-of-181 passes for 1,451 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in leading Capital to a 7-4 record last season.
Juniors Kashuan Haley and Tyrell Davis and senior Cliffaun Pratt - the quarterback's older brother - are among the sophomore's favorite targets, although Cliff Pratt is still nursing a fractured finger suffered in the team's first preseason scrimmage against St. Albans.
Senior linebacker Khalil Bush, one of the team's leading tacklers a year ago, fractured his fibula last week and won't return until late in the season, Carpenter said.
Riverside running back Will Jackson led the Warriors with 53 rushing yards against Midland.
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