CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Much like the smallest running back behind a line of mammoth tackles and guards, Capital High School's 5-foot, 6-inch junior Tyrell Davis can get lost in a crowd.
The opponents' best player probably wishes he'd just get lost.
Davis and Capital are off to a 5-1 start in a campaign that has been marred by postponements because of snow and the water emergency as the result of a chemical spill in the Elk River.
A Jan. 7 visit to Spring Valley was postponed, as was a Jan. 11 road game against Winfield. Although students did not report to school on Jan. 15, the Cougars' home game against Nitro was played, giving Capital just two games in 10 days. Their third was a one-point loss at unbeaten Huntington.
Despite the lack of games, Davis - Capital's defensive stalwart - doesn't take a day off.
"He's probably our most aggressive player and he is very high strung," Capital coach Carl Clark said. "He plays hard every minute that he's on the floor. We're going to get a solid game out of him as far as being aggressive all the time."
The cornerstone of Clark's team in his 20th season on the bench has been senior Carrington Morris, who averaged 20.2 points during the 2012-13 campaign and is up to 26 points per game this season.
The Cougars also blend size, quickness and a chemistry that is evident in their best four-game start since opening 9-0 in 2007-08.
Guard Jordan Kinney, the son of assistant coach J.R. Kinney, has developed into Capital's No. 2 offensive threat. Bryce Goldsmith and Brad Grose provide the Cougars with size and Aalik Harris, Silas Nazario, Miguel Bays and Dallas King bring depth off the bench.
However, Davis has established himself as the unquestioned defensive star of the Cougars.
He was tasked with covering George Washington senior star and Virginia Military Institute signee Jon Elmore in their mutual season opener and was given the assignment to guard South Charleston sophomore standout Brandon Knapper - both Capital victories.
Elmore - who is averaging 31.3 points per game - had 29 against Davis and the Cougars, but few of those came easily. Knapper is at 18.6 per contest and had 23 against Capital, shooting 8-of-18 from the floor.
"My teammates have confidence in me and I already have confidence in my ability," said Davis, a first team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference defensive back and second team member of the Daily Mail's All-Kanawha Valley team at DB. "They just add to it and have my back no matter who we're playing or who I have to guard."