"Those are situations you get yourself in [trailing at halftime]. They fought in the second half, and we're proud of that. We had plenty of chances to stop them and didn't make it, but it wasn't because of lack of effort.''
Hurricane's last gasp was hanging by a thread several different times on its final drive.
Hensley found Turner for 15 yards on a sideline pattern on fourth-and-6 and Hensley later scrambled for 17 yards on third-and-9, getting a superb clearing block from running back Zach Pate.
"I've been working with Koi Turner since May,'' Hensley said, "on routes and stuff. I know where's he going to be, and it's finally paying off.''
Hensley, who completed 4 of 6 passes on the final drive for 43 yards, also ran or scrambled six times for 27 yards with the game on the line.
"Austin took some hits,'' Taylor said. "He ran the ball a lot, which we don't do sometimes, but I knew coming into this game we couldn't hold anything back. I don't think we wanted to show it all, you want to save some for down the road, but this was a must-win for us. I didn't tell the guys that, but deep down, they knew that.''
Late in the final drive, a 6-yard burst by Pate put the ball inside the 1 with 24 seconds left, and Hensley needed two lunges to get it across the goal line.
Michael Molina kicked off into the end zone after Hurricane's score and Capital never advanced past its 20.
Hensley finished 26 of 38 passing for 211 yards and also ran for eight first downs. Turner caught eight balls for 102 yards. Steven Handley had Hurricane's other score on a 5-yard first-quarter run and Molina booted a 41-yard field goal.
Capital's offense took a long time to get going, with three three-and-outs and a four-and-out being all it had to show in the first half.
Tyhree Pratt, a freshman quarterback who had thrown 10 TDs without being picked off this season, tossed his first interception and ended up 4 of 10 for 54 yards.
Haley had 12 carries for 61 yards and the Cougars finished with a net of only 188 yards against a swarming Redskins defense.
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