It may have been a bit premature to write off Carrington Morris as Capital's quarterback.
Morris, a returning starter who - by some reports - was going to be supplanted by dynamic freshman Tyree Pratt under center, flashed some big-play skills Friday night during the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-rama at Laidley Field.
In a little more than one quarter against Parkersburg, Morris hit on all three of his passes for 96 yards, including two for touchdowns - a 63-yarder to Khalil Bush and a 20-yarder to James Richmond. Morris also broke off a 28-yard run.
In Capital's second scrimmage against George Washington, Morris again went 3 for 3 passing for 61 yards with another scoring toss, a 29-yarder to Kashaun Haley.
The Cougars prevailed 35-7 in their two-quarter workout with Parkersburg and later dropped a 20-12 decision to George Washington. Each of the three teams played a half against each other.
Ryan Switzer, GW's Kennedy Award-winning running back, didn't disappoint in either of his team's scrimmages.
During a 33-14 win over Parkersburg (which was 33-0 with the starting lineups on the field), Switzer carried four times for 136 yards and three TDs - plays of 70, 39 and 31 yards. Against Capital, he ran eight times for 55 yards and two scores, plays of 1 and 6 yards.
GW, however, knew what it had in Switzer, but Morris' performance was sort of a revelation for Capital.
His work against Parkersburg was part of a bevy of big gainers for the Cougars, who also got TD runs of 70 and 10 yards from Haley and a 32-yard interception return for a TD from Rashod Cunningham.
It all added up to a 35-7 lead for Capital's first string after one quarter, and the score remained that way after the backups played the second period.
"I was hoping we could do that,'' said Cougars coach Jon Carpenter. "We've got some guys who can run. We've seen them do it in practice a little bit, but to do it out there is exciting.''
Morris realizes he's in a battle for playing time with Pratt, who was a standout at Horace Mann Middle School.
"It's just a big competition,'' said Morris, who took over at midseason last year when senior QB Tyler McClaskie went out with a shoulder injury. "He's good competition for me. But I know I don't want to be on the sideline sitting down, so I make it hard for him.
"We were just connecting on everything tonight. We worked as a team to make sure we get the win.''
Pratt, who played some with the starting unit and some with the reserves, completed 2 of 4 passes for 21 yards and ran three times for 3 yards against Parkersburg. Most of his reps against GW came with reserves on the field, and he completed 2 of 3 passes for 50 yards and carried thrice for 44 yards, including a 24-yard TD.
Carpenter won't hesitate to use both Morris and Pratt at quarterback when the regular season starts Friday at Greenbrier East.