Capital routes Hurricane
By Trace Johnson
The Capital Cougars blew past the Hurricane Redskins 61-20 Friday night on homecoming at University of Charleston Stadium behind a huge first half.
The Cougars (5-1) dominated the Redskins (4-2) right out of the gates while opening up a commanding 54-0 lead at halftime and coasted the rest of the way.
Capital wasted little time finding the end zone when Kerry Martin connected with Anthony Pittman for a 9-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead with 9:43 remaining in the first quarter.
Disaster struck for the Redskins on the ensuing kickoff when Capital recovered a fumble to give the offense the ball at the Hurricane 7-yard line.
On the following play, Silas Nazario punched it in from 7 yards out to extend the Cougars’ lead to 12-0 only seconds after their first touchdown.
After another Hurricane turnover, Capital’s Deshaun James found the end zone from 15 yards out to extend the lead to 19-0 with 8:01 remaining in the first quarter.
Martin connected with Pittman again late in the first quarter, this time a 53-yard touchdown strike to extend the Cougars’ lead to 26-0 with 2:18 remaining in the first quarter.
But Capital wasn’t done scoring in the first quarter when Martin hooked up with Deishawn Harper for a 39-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 33-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After two more Martin touchdown passes and a Breece Hoff 54-yard touchdown run, Capital took a 54-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Redskins got on the scoreboard early in the third quarter when Dylan Plumley connected with Nick Williams for a 43-yard touchdown to cut Capital’s lead down to 54-7 with 9:37 remaining in the third quarter.
The Cougars responded immediately when Martin connected with Harper once again, this time for a 15-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 61-7 with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter.
Hurricane’s James McDougale found the end zone from 1 yard out soon after to cut Capital’s lead down to 61-13 with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter.
Plumley found the end zone with his feet for the Redskins from 3 yards out with 4:34 remaining in the game to set the final score at 61-20 in favor of the Cougars.
Martin’s six touchdown passes on the night broke the Capital record for most touchdown passes in a single game.
Capital returns to action Oct. 14 at Woodrow Wilson and Hurricane returns to action Oct. 14 at Huntington.