It wasn't the way you might choose to begin your season - hopping on a bus for a two-hour trip across state, then waiting out an hour-plus lightning delay to start the game - but it all worked out for Capital last week.
The Cougars opened with a 42-21 win at Greenbrier East, giving them momentum and confidence heading into tonight's 7:30 game at St. Albans (0-1).
"There were so many things out of our control we had to fight through,'' Carpenter said, "but we were excited.''
Capital also went the entire way last week with a freshman quarterback, Tyhree Pratt, owing to the indefinite suspension of junior Carrington Morris, who started four games last year.
Coach Jon Carpenter said Morris will be back "at some point,'' but it's unlikely he'll return this week, meaning Pratt gets more work.
"He was calm and cool the whole night,'' Carpenter said of Pratt, who hit on 10 of 16 passes last week for 219 yards and three touchdowns. "It was really neat. He made good decisions. He was going to play a bunch of snaps anyway. He just got to play a few more than we thought.''
St. Albans opened with a 44-27 setback at Riverside, but did put up 415 yards of total offense in the new spread attack of first-year coach Steve Stoffel Jr.
The Warriors put up 431 yards in their home win against St. Albans, and the Black Eagles gained 419 on George Washington in a 36-24 loss.
"I'm worried every time I face them,'' said Riverside coach Ralph Hensley of the Eagles. "They have all those skill people that can run. We hope we can keep closer to them than last year. We did until the fourth quarter, then they blocked a punt and we fell apart after that.''