"One thing that always makes you nervous as a coach,'' Lilly said, "is when you play somebody who can take it all the way. They've got several who can score any time they touch the ball, and that presents big problems for your defense and special teams.''
Capital coach Jon Carpenter realizes he has the same difficulties this week as Lilly.
"It's the same way we felt against GW,'' Carpenter said, "and just about all the games this year. It's going to come down to the line of scrimmage. We don't want any of them getting out in the open and we have to chase them down.''
Carpenter hopes last week's win against GW puts his youthful squad in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season.
"Talent hasn't been our problem, and I don't think youth has been our problem,'' he said. "Having some enthusiasm for four quarters and trusting what you've been coached to do has been our problem.
"Everybody thinks we played a different defense or a different offense last week or that we outcoached [GW], which is stupid. We had kids who decided to stick together and play, and something good happened to them. I'm excited to see the kids grow up but if they don't do it this Friday, we'll have to [grow up] all over again.''
Even with his team holding six wins, Lilly isn't certain a playoff berth awaits.
"I'm not convinced we're in yet,'' he said. "I'll be convinced when I see the final 16. The big thing in triple-A is that everything - or about 99 percent of it - come out in the wash this weekend.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.