CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Over the past three weeks, Capital had faced a murderer's row in three of the top programs in the state in South Charleston, Huntington and Cabell Midland.
The Cougars survived the tough stretch, going 2-1 against the squads that are all in the top 11 in Class AAA, including No. 1 Huntington, which handed Capital its only loss of the season.
On Friday night, Woodrow Wilson was certainly no slouch at 3-3, but No. 5 Capital used the small break in its schedule to celebrate homecoming by cruising to an easy 34-0 shutout victory at Laidley Field in front of a crowd of about 800.
"It was good to see our kids come and respond," Capital coach Jon Carpenter said. "We have a habit of not clicking on all cylinders when we should. To see them come out and play on both sides of the ball like they did, it's pretty exciting."
It took Capital a few offensive possessions to get going, only leading the Flying Eagles 3-0 after the first quarter, but the Cougars turned up the heat in the second, outscoring Woodrow Wilson 21-0 to take a commanding 24-0 lead into the half.
Capital was balanced on offense in the first half, outgaining the Flying Eagles 292-69. The Cougars got 198 yards passing from Tyrhee Pratt and added 94 on the ground, with most of the damage coming from Kashaun Haley, who carried the load for 66 yards on 14 carries.
The Cougars finished the game with 470 yards of total offense compared to just 200 for Woodrow Wilson. Haley had 145 yards on the ground on 22 carries and two touchdowns while Pratt ended up hitting on 14 of 26 passes for 243 yards with no interceptions.
Having the kind of balance Capital had against the Flying Eagles pleased Carpenter, especially the play of his sophomore signal-caller Pratt.