CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It took Tyrhee Pratt 14 games to enter the Capital High School record book.
Pratt, the Cougars' sophomore quarterback, completed 13-of-20 passes for 285 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions Friday night in a 55-20 win at Parkersburg. The yardage total was the most for a single game in Capital history.
"It's hard to believe that he's just a sophomore," Capital Coach Jon Carpenter said. "I think his understanding of what's going on out there has come full circle. He's obviously stronger than last year, but it's the knowing where to go with the football - he was already good at it last year - has improved a lot."
The previous record was set in 2007 by Malik Witten, who threw for 277 yards and four touchdowns in a 14-for-17 passing night that resulted in a 35-22 win at Greenbrier East. That season was Carpenter's first at Capital, when he served as offensive coordinator to the late Jack Woolwine.
Pratt is 26-of-44 this season (59.1 percent) for 509 yards and five touchdowns. His two interceptions against the Big Reds (1-2) were his first of the season.
As second-ranked Capital (3-0) heads to No. 8 South Charleston (3-1) for a key showdown Friday night, Pratt continues to develop as a running threat. He ran for four touchdowns and a career-best 128 yards Friday.
"He had an option to keep it last year. It just didn't work out where many people gave him a chance to," Carpenter said. "This year, I think everybody's keying on Kashuan Haley so much that Tyrhee's able to get outside and run with it.
"He's just taking what people have been giving him, really."
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HUNTINGTON SENIOR defensive tackle Nigale Cabell summed up his the No. 3 Highlanders' (4-0) game plan against arch-rival and No. 6 Cabell Midland (3-1) succinctly after Huntington's 19-7 win Friday night.
"Get them in third-and-long and they're done," Cabell said.
Easier said than done. Midland ran for 335 yards in the game and only faced eight third-down situations. When the Knight offense was slowed, however, Cabell's assessment proved itself more true than not.
Midland converted on 4-of-8 third down situations, but when the Knights were forced to gain 5 or more yards to obtain a fresh set of downs that ratio slumped to 1-in-4.
"You're not going to hold Cabell Midland under 200 yards rushing. You're just not," Huntington Coach Billy Seals said. "I thought our guys did a tremendous job of getting stops when we needed them most, though.