"It's good to have so many weapons but if you turn them on yourselves, it's not good," Carpenter said. "We are getting out of that, though. If we can have them pointing at the other team, it's really good."
Carpenter knows with so many offensive mouths to feed, Cliff Pratt would receive more statewide attention on a less-talented team, but is glad the senior has stuck things out.
"A lot of those years we couldn't get him the ball," Carpenter said. "He stuck with it and is reaping the benefits. He could play at some of these other schools and they would throw the ball to him 40 times. My principal would fire me if I try and embarrass people just for individual stats.
"Cliff is a team guy. He understands our goal is to win a state title. At the end of this, in 20 years you won't remember how many passes you caught or the other stuff people get excited with. You will remember how good a team you had."
Pratt also knows the benefits of playing elsewhere, but is happy he hung around Capital.
"I think about if I would have went to another school I could have had more stats," Pratt said. "But I really love playing with these guys. We have a lot of weapons. It's not a one-person team. Coach (Carpenter) keeps telling us not to be selfish. If we do that, we will get beat."
Cliff Pratt experienced what he called the best play of his career when he hauled in a 44-yard Hail Mary pass from brother Tyhree on the final play of regulation against South Charleston. The Cougars won in overtime, 34-31.
"That felt so great," Cliff Pratt said. "The last 5 seconds, coach told me to keep going. My brother (Tyrhee) looked at me and gave me the nod. He believed in me to go get it, and I was able to get it for us."
"It's like they have ESPN," Carpenter said jokingly, referring to extrasensory perception. "It was huge and made it more special them being brothers. It's kind of neat to see them out there together. They know each other so well and have a feel for one another. They know where to go."
Cliff Pratt said he wants to end his high school career on the highest possible note before shuffling off to play football in college.
"It would be blessing to be able to go out as a senior with my brother and my friends that I have been with since eighth grade," said Pratt, who is receiving mostly interest from schools in the Division II Mountain East Conference. "We want to leave here and go on to college with a ring on our hands."