Music blasted from the speakers in the locker room. Players smiled and congratulated each other. It's been three weeks since they felt this way after a game.
Thanks to James Richmond and Kashaun Haley, Capital was able to enjoy that winning feeling again.
Haley rushed for 134 yards on just six carries and scored a touchdown as Capital ended a two-game losing streak by defeating Riverside 35-16 Friday night at Laidley Field.
"This was a very important game after losing two straight games," Haley said. "We worked really hard in practice this week. We knew it was going to be hard this week because we were only dressing one senior, but we were still able to pull out the win."
Haley also scored touchdowns on a 90-yard interception return right before the first half ended and also a 92-yard punt return.
Richmond shared similar sentiments about the importance of Friday's game.
"This game was probably the biggest game of the season," Richmond added. "It was important that we bounced back tonight. Everybody kept their heads up despite the losses and we came out and played as one team today."
Richmond finished the game with 138 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.
"We are better when we get both of them [Richmond and Haley] on the field," said Capital coach Jon Carpenter. "They don't realize how good they can be and how good our football team will be because of them. My job is to make sure they are cohesive because I don't think there many around better than those two guys. Tyrell Davis is just as good as them. If we ever get all three guys working at the same time, then I don't think there is a limit to how good they can be."
Davis had just 8 yards on three carries, but had an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown nullified by a block in the back penalty.