"Absolutely,'' Kelley said. "We have not seen what they do, which is not surprisingly complicated but with the kind of skill they have, their execution is pretty good. The best thing we can hope for is they put it on the ground, but we don't have a drill for tackling somebody as elusive as they are.''
Kelley spoke highly of Capital's team speed, which utilizes players such as running backs Kashuan Haley and Silas Nazario and quarterback Tyrhee Pratt.
"We think this will be the biggest test we've faced,'' Kelley said. "We haven't seen these kinds of skilled athletes all year. We played [running back] Bryce Ingram at Wheeling Park before he got hurt, and we didn't see [a healthy] Chazzy Thomas [of Morgantown] - he played some.
"We haven't seen a quarterback with the Pratt kid's ability, and that concerns us quite a bit in space. The big tailback [Haley] is a concern because he's strong, and fast enough to run around you.''
On offense, the Hawks lean a lot on quarterback Travis Renner, who leads the team in rushing (143 carries, 841 yards, nine touchdowns) and passing (84 of 139, 1,128 yards, 10 TDs, four interceptions).
"They're real similar to us on offense,'' Carpenter said. "They have the quarterback in the shotgun and they like to run the ball. They've got good receivers and are a real balanced deal. Then they'll get in the stick-I and try to run over you, too.
"It's difficult because they can play finesse offense and power football, which makes it much harder [to defend].''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.