Capital's 35-13 victory versus GW last year was its first win in the series since 2004.
"We were really young last year," Carpenter said. "A lot of people had us written off at that point. Our kids stuck together, and that is what it took. Everybody doubted them, but they got in the corner and fought their way out of it. That was a good win for us."
However, it hasn't been discussed by Carpenter and the Cougars.
"We haven't brought it up," Carpenter said. "It was 360-some days ago. It doesn't matter this year."
It matters to the Patriots, however.
"We want to say our kids have short memories, but they don't," Edwards said. "They remember it. We were fortunate to have a pretty good streak going against them, but they were able to get us last year.
"That is the way rivalries are. You throw the records and everything else out the window. Everybody wants bragging rights, and they have it right now. Certainly, our kids, especially our seniors, want to bring the bragging rights back home."
To do so, the Patriots will have to stop - or at least slow - an offense that gains 368 total yards and scores 39.6 points per game.
"We are going to have to be able to tackle and cover the whole field, which poses a problem," Edwards said. "We are going to have some match-up problems, I'm sure. We are going to have to be able to tackle, play assignment football and limit the big bursts and big plays, which we have had some trouble with that of late. We won't be able to stop them because they have too many weapons, but, hopefully, we will be able to slow them down a bit."
Junior tailback Kashuan Haley leads the Cougars' ground game with 136 carries for 1,057 yards and 15 touchdowns. He averages 7.8 yards per carry and 117.4 yards per game.
Haley is followed by sophomore quarterback Tyhree Pratt, who has proven he can hurt teams with his legs or his right arm. Pratt has completed 84-of-156 passes (53.8 percent) for 1,404 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions, and he has carried 80 times for 355 yards and eight scores.
Pratt's top targets are junior Tyrell Davis, senior Cliff Pratt, freshman Silas Nazario and Haley, all of whom have 17 catches. Davis has turned his touches into 397 yards and five touchdowns, followed by Pratt with 343 and four, Nazario with 218 and three, and Haley with 198 and zero.
"They really are talented," Edwards said. "They have a bunch of guys who are big-play players. Whenever you play a team like that, it is dangerous. You just hope your kids hustle and play their assignments and do the best they can."