Rock-solid Princeton gave Capital everything it wanted last week, falling 29-28 in overtime after the Cougars twice rallied from behind following a halftime tie.
"I don't think anybody in the state would have thought we'd come up here and put Capital in overtime,'' said Tigers coach Randy Peek. "I think we made a statement in the state.
"We told the kids last week we made a statement in Mercer County [by beating Bluefield], now let's go up and make a statement against Capital in the state. And I think they did that. It's a shame somebody had to lose, but we've just got to get over this and get ready for Hurricane next week.''
The Redskins opened on a sour note with a 23-8 loss to Huntington, but have since rolled over Nitro 70-7 and Riverside 56-9.
Redskins coach Jeremy Taylor has certainly taken a long look at how far Princeton has come. The Tigers have gone just 8-22 since their last playoff berth in 2009.
"You can't help but look at them,'' Taylor said. "We've got film of them playing teams that we've got and, man, they're going to be good.
"[Peek] is doing a heck of a job. That tailback [Tahj Sho-Johnson] is the real deal. Capital is a heck of a team and they took them to overtime. We're going to have our work cut out for us defensively. Offensively, they're going to be fast, they're going to be big and they'll probably be the best team we've played since Huntington, and you saw how that worked out.''
The beauty of the MSAC schedule is that every team has to stare down several capable opponents during the course of the regular season.
Capital, for instance, still has games remaining against South Charleston, Huntington, Midland, Hurricane and GW. Presently, those teams are a combined 13-2.
Cougars coach Jon Carpenter realizes what it meant for his team to rally and defeat Princeton with leading rusher Kashuan Haley on the sidelines with cramps as the game ended.
Capital also overcame a fourth-quarter lost fumble, 11 penalties and some bone-headed plays on both sides of the ball.
"To see us fight back [was good],'' Carpenter said. "We're a lot better than what we played, of course, but I think we're at the point where we're believing what all the people are saying, telling us how good we are. And we're buying everything they're saying about us.
"Practice was terrible all week, and you knew it was coming. [But] to see them fight through it, that's the good thing. It could have went either way. [Princeton] does a good job, and it's almost embarrassing to go over there and shake [Peek's] hand after he's outcoached me like that.''
Ryan Pritt contributed to this report. Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.