The Tigers then drove 80 yards on their first possession of the third quarter to take a 14-13 lead. It ended on a 3-yard scoring run by Sho-Johnson (17 carries, 86 yards), who had two TDs. When Devin Allen added a 1-yard TD run late in the third quarter, Princeton had a 21-13 lead.
It looked bleaker for Capital when Haley lost a fumble at the Princeton 41 with 10:36 left as he fought for yardage to pick up a first down on fourth-and-2. The Tigers got gains of 13 yards by Allen and 20 by Sho-Johnson and had a first down at the Capital 25, but later had to punt it away.
For much of the game, the Tigers had a two-to-one edge in time of possession.
"That's why we went to the flexbone,'' said second-year coach Randy Peek, "to control the clock and we did a nice job. That one [late] series, if we make a first down there, maybe we win the ballgame and it doesn't even go into overtime.
"We're a grind-it-out team. We rely a lot on our offensive line, and they did a heck of a job tonight. I can't be down on these kids because they sold out tonight. They did everything we asked them to. Fundamentally, they did a great job.''
After Princeton punted it away, Capital started at its own 20 with 7:08 left. Nazario keyed the drive with a 40-yard gallop to the Princeton 9. He scored on the next play to shave the deficit to 21-19, then Pratt ran an option right on the conversion and leaned across the goal line for the tying points.
Before its big rally, Capital experienced problems all over the field.
On their first series, the Cougars looked like they wanted to pull the Tigers offside on fourth-and-1 at the Capital 45, but the ball was snapped instead and Pratt had nowhere to go with it, giving Princeton good field position. Later, the ball was snapped over Haley's head in punt formation, resulting in a 23-yard loss.
A questionable pass interference call in the end zone negated an interception by Capital's Edmond Harvey in the third quarter and led to Allen's 1-yard TD run. Two plays after that, linebacker Jonathan Pittman was ejected after a dead-ball personal foul, one of 11 penalties against the Cougars.
Haley was the game's top rusher with 130 yards and one TD on 18 carries.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.