CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When you can litter the field with as many talented players as Capital and South Charleston can conjure up, it often morphs into something more than football.
Basketball on grass, anyone?
Last year's meeting certainly resembled a hoops game with all its runs, and tonight's clash could prove the same when Capital visits South Charleston at 7:30 on the Black Eagles' new on-campus field.
A year ago, the Cougars sprinted to a 17-0 halftime lead, dominating the line play and the stats lines. Then SC got its fast break going behind then-backup quarterback Kentre Grier and raced to a 20-17 victory. The winning basket . . . uhh, touchdown, came on Grier's 36-yard pass to Marquel Hampton with 1:07 left.
"It was a little like a basketball team going on a run,'' said SC coach Donnie Mays. "That's kind of the way it was. They had the early run, then we started on one.''
Last year's memorable contest certainly sticks with Capital coach Jon Carpenter.
"We found out that you've just got to keep playing,'' he said. "You play until the official takes the ball off the field, because you never know what will happen.
"I guess the kids have been waiting a year for that one. That's a big one for us, and we'll be ready. We've still got some things to fix [but] we're getting closer.''
With the way each team can flash big plays, tonight's game could be more of the same when the Cougars (3-0), the co-No. 3 team in Class AAA, clash with the co-No. 11 Black Eagles (3-1), who have also won three straight.
Capital junior Kashuan Haley has run for at least 122 yards in each of his first three games, freshman Silas Nazario (winning 2-point conversion in overtime against Princeton) adds a dash of speed and toughness and elusive Tyrell Davis sometimes takes snaps as a quarterback in the Wildcat formation.
That doesn't even include sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt (498 yards passing, five touchdowns), who's become more of a running threat this season with 179 yards and six TDs. Last year, he barely had 200 yards on the ground in 11 games and scored just three touchdowns all season.