Capital's big-play attack had to share the bill last night with a denying defense, which kept the winless Tigers off the board until the final minute of the game. At halftime, Princeton had 10 net yards and trailed 35-0.
When Capital's starting defense departed in the final minute of the third quarter, the Tigers stood at minus-10 yards rushing. They finished with 64 on the ground and 114 total, and avoided a shutout when Jordan Jones scored on a 2-yard run with 34 seconds left.
Princeton (0-4), which has given up 52, 55 and 49 points in its last three games, again played without Tahj Sho-Johnson, its leading rusher from last year who is sidelined with a knee injury. He is awaiting the results of an MRI to determine if he can return.
"Capital's got a whole lot of speed, and they're young,'' said Randy Peek, Princeton's first-year coach. "That's what we're trying to build at Princeton - a football program, and it's going to take a while.
"We're knocked down right now and the kids are injured and we're playing a little soft. We showed a little more heart on defense tonight than we have, but we couldn't move the ball tonight because of [Capital's] size and speed.''
Tyhree Pratt completed 11 of 16 passes for 145 yards, with four connections to Davis (50 yards) and three to Cliff Pratt (64 yards). Tyhree Pratt also ran six times for a net of 38 yards.
He realizes the road now gets tougher for Capital, which has outscored its first three opponents 152-62. The Cougars visit South Charleston and Hurricane the next two weeks.
"We want to keep it up,'' Tyhree Pratt said. "Don't get the big head, and keep working hard.''
Before the game, Capital presented CAMC with a check for $1,000 to aid in the research of and care for pancreatic cancer. The game was dedicated to former Cougars coach Jack Woolwine, who died in July from pancreatic cancer. Capital plans to make a similar donation for its home football opener every year.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.