Capital, playing in front of a feisty home crowd, scored early and often, soundly defeating Clover Park in the Cougs' homecoming match, 38-13.
For three quarters Clover Park dogged the Cougs, but couldn't close the gap, eventually falling to Capital's balanced attack. Reid and Riley Wall outran and outzigged the Warrior line, and a charged up defensive unit kept pressure on freshman QB Tana Pritchard, who tossed up two interceptions to his one touchdown.
The Warriors couldn't solve the Wall twins, especially Riley, who scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes. His quick cuts and long runs after the catch took him at least to 175 multipurpose yards [207, says The Olympian]--and he could have gone for more, if not for a couple crucial false starts and holding calls.
Kellen Camus pitched a solid game, going
Down 31-7 in the first half, Clover Park punched in a touchdown on a QB keeper with time expiring. After a roughing the kicker penalty, Clover park decided to go for two. They failed.
With 7:33 remaining in the 3rd, the Cougs faced fourth and inches on their own 40. Coach Johnson called a run play, and Michael Peters pounded the ball ahead, sustaining the drive and eating up precious time.
Five minutes later, trailing by 18 on third and long near midfield, a Warrior receiver made a tough catch and appeared to reach the down marker--but then coughed up the football when hit hard from behind. The Cougars recovered, and Clover Park's hopes faded.
The band takes the field.
The band and drill team perform at the half.
The homecoming court limo attempts to run down our mascot.
It was 51 degrees at gametime, and 48 when we left, victorious. Melissa's sporting her new hand-knit scarf, in official Cougar cardinal.