CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Following last week's crucial victory over crosstown rival George Washington, there was concern that Capital might experience a letdown for Friday's game against Woodrow Wilson.
Not a chance.
James Richmond ran for 100 yards on 19 carries and caught a touchdown pass and Kashuan Haley donated a pair of scores before leaving with an injury as the Cougars kept their late-season momentum rolling with a 35-14 victory at Laidley Field.
"Everyone wanted to talk about a letdown after a big game,'' said Capital coach Jon Carpenter, "so it was impressive to see our guys come out and play hard and not have a mental letdown. I was probably scared of that, too. But we told them a good football team can come back to play even after a big win.''
The victory should keep Capital (6-3) afloat for a Class AAA playoff spot.
The Cougars were 13th when the SSAC issued its playoff list on Tuesday, but unofficial figures by WTOV9.com dropped them to No. 15 when the ratings were later reshuffled to reflect seven forfeited wins by Elkins for use of an ineligible player. An attorney for the Elkins player involved, L.J. Lawrence, filed a motion Friday for a temporary restraining order against the SSAC's ruling, and a judge is set to rule on the motion early next week.
About the only downer for Capital on the night was the injury to Haley, who has proven to be a dynamic runner and receiver with nine scoring plays of 50-plus yards this season.
He left late in the second quarter with a thumb injury that prompted a visit to the emergency room. It was feared that he'd broken the thumb, but Carpenter said the injury wasn't that severe.
"His thumb popped out,'' Carpenter said. "He made it back here [to watch] the second half. He'll be all right. He'll be ready to go.''
Before he left, Haley scored Capital's first touchdown on a 19-yard run. The Cougars would eventually balloon that lead to 28-0 against the state's No. 10 team on a 7-yard interception return by Jonathan Pittman, a 24-yard hookup from Tyhree Pratt to Richmond and Haley's 41-yard punt return.
"After we beat GW,'' Richmond said, "we gained confidence. We felt if we could beat them, we can beat just about anybody.''
Pratt also threw a second-half TD toss of 15 yards to Khalil Bush, and finished 10 of 15 passing for 160 yards with no interceptions. He completed his final six passes and nine of his last 10.
Capital was able to overcome a case of fumblitis, putting the ball on the ground four times by each of the four running backs it used - Haley, Richmond, Tyrell Davis and Rayqon Vanover. Woodrow Wilson (6-4) recovered all four.