When you've only got one home game in the first six weeks of the season, you'd better make that one count. Capital did that Friday night.
Freshman quarterback Tyhree Pratt fired three touchdown passes - two to his older brother Cliff - and ran for another score to spark the unbeaten Cougars to a 49-7 victory over Princeton before about 2,000 fans at Laidley Field.
"It felt good, my first home game as a high school player,'' Tyhree Pratt said. "I love playing with my brother, too. It's lovely.''
Capital (3-0) came into the game tied for sixth in the SSAC Class AAA playoff ratings.
It was a belated home opener for the Cougars, who started with two road games, had their bye week, and now have two more away games before returning to Laidley on Oct. 5 against Riverside.
But it was worth the wait for Capital fans, who saw their team score in a variety of ways, including a safety and a 38-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Rashad Cunningham - all in the first 71 seconds of the game.
Tyhree Pratt threw TD passes of 37 and 24 yards to Cliff Pratt and 24 yards to Tyrell Davis. Kashaun Haley, who ran for a team-high 123 yards on just nine carries, added a 22-yard TD burst and backup Jonathan Pittman scored on a 30-yard run.
Cunningham's early runback was the seventh kick return for a touchdown by the Cougars this season.
"Again, we can run,'' said Capital coach Jon Carpenter, "but I'm not sure how much we executed rather than making the big play.''
About the only downside for the Cougars was a whopping total of 16 penalties for 106 yards.
"A lot of those were late in the game,'' Carpenter said, "and a lot of those were aggressive penalties. As long as they're not intentional . . . we got a lot of hits and things like that, and we can live with them. Hey, Bobby Bowden has the most-penalized team in the ACC a lot of times [with Florida State]. It shows that you're aggressive.''