CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Leading 14-10 at halftime, Musselman coach Denny Price knew the game was far from over because of Capital's big-play capability.
Price's biggest worry came true when Capital used a five-play, 65-yard drive, capped by a James Richmond 4-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, to take a 17-14 lead on its opening drive of the second half.
But Price knew his best defense against Capital could possibly be his offense and his players didn't let him down.
Musselman ground and pounded to the tune of 317 rushing yards en route to a 42-23 upset victory over No. 7 seed Capital Friday night in a Class AAA first-round playoff game at Laidley Field.
After attempting nine passes in the first half, No. 10 seed Musselman (8-3) called runs on 24 of its 28 plays in the second half.
"You saw the athletes on the other side of the field," Price said. "If we have the ball, then they don't. We knew we had to use ball control. We know we can throw the ball but we needed to work the clock. The offensive line and the running backs did a great job executing with no penalties or turnovers."
Richmond led the Cougars with 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns along with 69 receiving yards.
"We just got whipped," said Capital coach Jon Carpenter. "They did a good job. They kept the ball from us. They ran it and didn't give us the big plays. It's hard when you look over [the sidelines] and that's the winningest coach and I'm barely shaven. He took me out behind the woodshed tonight."
Capital played without one of its top offensive threats and its leading scorer, sophomore running back Kashuan Haley, who has an ankle injury.