"We tried going away from them, but nothing worked. Then we tried to spread them out and they had the speed to run with us. And when Austin doesn't have any time to throw the ball . . . you can only do so many things when you've got two seconds to throw the ball. They just beat us up, and that's how it was.''
The only offensive spark for Hurricane came from senior running back Zach Pate, who led his team in rushing (23 times for 77 yards), receiving (10 for 88 yards and one TD) and kick returns (three for 97 yards).
However, Capital only let him into the open field just once, that on a 49-yard kickoff return. His longest catch was a short toss from Hensley he turned into a 19-yard touchdown with a nice move in the open field and he had just one run longer than 9 yards. He came into the game with an MSAC-leading 24 TDs.
"They were hitting that out route there [with Pate],'' Carpenter said, "but that won't beat you. We just planned on not letting them throw it over our head. That one aggravates you.''
Each team played without its leading receiver. Hurricane's Brandon Ford is out with a broken wrist and Capital's Cliff Pratt was also a no-go because of injury.
Walton had two of Capital's sacks and also blocked a punt that set up a Logan Garrison 35-yard field goal.
Capital now gears up for a crosstown showdown with George Washington (8-1) next Friday at Steve Edwards Sr. Field in South Hills. The Cougars were tied with the Patriots for the fourth spot in the AAA rankings heading into this weekend.
Hurricane, meanwhile, travels to Spring Valley to conclude the regular season, needing a victory to maintain its own playoff hopes.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.