"The season's on the line Friday night. If you want to play again, just play hard. They've done good with that. We won't talk about two weeks ago. They know it's time to play and have fun.''
Hurricane, even with an experienced QB in senior Austin Hensley, went with more of a ball-control attack last week in a 20-17 must-win victory at Spring Valley, and will likely try to do the same thing tonight.
Hensley, making his 34th straight start under center, brings career totals of 5,445 yards and 57 TD passes into the game, but the Skins may make more use of senior running back Zach Pate, another productive three-year regular who owns 5,485 career all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returns) along with 46 TDs.
"We've got to control the ball against Capital,'' Taylor said. "If we don't do that, there will be 10 to 12 possessions. For us to do well, we've got to get four in the first half and four in the second. Pound the ball and use a controlled passing game. Control the edge a little bit so as not to make us a target.''
Carpenter knows the Redskins usually move the ball with either phase of their offense, though they managed just 166 net yards (53 rushing, 113 passing) the first time around against Capital.
"They've been balanced just about all year,'' Carpenter said. "That creates a lot of problems for you - everybody knows that. We just want the ball back. We're like a fast-break basketball team.''
Kashuan Haley (1,144 yards, 16 TDs) heads Capital's ground game, and Tyrhee Pratt (1,465 yards, 13 TDs) directs the passing attack.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.