CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If Capital keeps playing defense like this, there's no limit to how far the Cougars can go.
Junior Kashuan Haley ran for more than 100 yards and three scores and sophomore Tyrhee Pratt threw a pair of touchdown passes Friday night and Capital bottled up Hurricane's high-octane offense, earning a 39-8 victory at Laidley Field.
The Redskins (5-4) were held to 166 net yards, and third-year quarterback Austin Hensley was limited to 13 of 30 completions and a season-low of 113 yards passing. Hurricane came into the game averaging a shade under 46 points.
"Those defensive guys do a good job,'' said Capital coach Jon Carpenter. "I enjoyed that all week [in practice]. Our defensive coaches and our guys who play defense kind of got excited. They read about those weapons [for Hurricane], and those guys are pretty good. It's a challenge, but I thought maybe we'll play a little better on defense.''
Haley toted the ball a career-high 26 times for 110 yards, which included a 10-yard loss when he picked up a loose ball in the Capital backfield. He scored on runs of 27, 5 and 7 yards.
Pratt, meanwhile, only attempted eight passes and completed five, but they went for 121 yards, including a nifty 46-yard scoring heave to Tyrell Davis and a 19-yard TD dart to Silas Nazario, along with a 54-yarder to James Richmond that set up one of Haley's scores.
"We had a good week of practice,'' Haley said. "They beat us last year, and we came out with more intensity and enthusiasm.''
For Capital (8-1), the verdict avenged a pair of losses to the Redskins during each of the past two regular seasons, including a 23-20 setback in the final seconds last year.
"I just want the wins,'' said Haley, downplaying the revenge factor. "Even if we had lost this game and next week's game, we would still make [the playoffs], but I don't want to think that. I just want to keep winning out and win a state championship and get a ring with my seniors.''
Capital led 23-8 at halftime and completely throttled Hurricane's offense after the break, permitting just 42 total yards. Hensley was sacked four times in the second half and five times in all.
"They physically beat us up front,'' said Redskins coach Jeremy Taylor. "That's probably the best defensive front we've faced since Huntington. They just beat us and beat on us. [Defensive end James Walton] is good, their linebackers are good, just an excellent team.