CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Asked his thoughts on Princeton senior running back Tahj Sho-Johnson, Capital Coach Jon Carpenter said the facts are pretty self-explanatory.
"If you don't tackle him he'll end up in the end zone," Carpenter said of the Tigers' four-year starter, who ranks fifth among Class AAA rushers in the state with 346 yards and five touchdowns.
"He's a pretty good back. Luckily, we practice against some pretty good ones too, so hopefully we'll be a little better prepared for him," Carpenter said.
The Cougars (1-0) are ranked third in the Daily Mail Class AAA Poll, and play host to No. 10 Princeton (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. today at University of Charleston Stadium.
Princeton has equaled its win total from 2012, when longtime Tigers Coach Ted Spadaro retired in the final week before summer practice. Randy Peek replaced him, and soon after installed quarterback Jay Palmer in position to run a triple-option offense.
Carpenter said Princeton has become much more of a threat with its offense having had a year to develop.
"Any time you run the option like that you're in every game you play," he said. "It's difficult to defend, and not many people do it. It makes you have to tackle your assignment and stick to it."
Princeton is coming off a 32-29 win over rival and Class AA No. 4 Bluefield (1-1), a team the Tigers have beaten just three times in yearly meetings dating to 2004.
Capital, meanwhile, is coming off a school-record scoring performance in a 68-7 rout of Riverside. It was just the second time in program history the Cougars had scored 60 or more points in a game, and marked the most lopsided win for the team since the school opened in 1989.
No Capital player had more than four carries in the win, with junior Kashuan Haley leading the team with 122 yards and two touchdowns on three carries. Haley also had a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt was 6-of-8 for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Capital leads the all-time series 11-2, and hasn't lost to Princeton since 2006.
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