"I think that's ideally the tempo and spreading [the ball] around, that's what we want to look like,'' Carpenter said.''
Parkersburg seemed to thrive on the emotion of opening night in the first quarter as Dan Fox returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown on Capital's first possession for a 7-0 lead. It was short-lived, though, as the Cougars scored on their next four possessions to suck all the momentum out of Stadium Field in taking a 27-7 lead, one they would never relinquish.
Capital only needed 20 seconds to knot it at 7-all on Tyrhee Pratt's 50-yard bomb to senior wideout Cliff Pratt. The Cougars burned just 13 seconds on Haley's 77-yard TD run for a 14-7 edge and never looked back.
"Just speed,'' said Reeves of the Cougars. "They have athletes, especially in the backfield. Their quarterback makes our guys miss being the athlete that he is, plus he has a nice running back to give the ball to. It's hard for us to control both guys.''
The Cougars picked right up where they left off to start the third quarter, needing just 32 seconds to score on Tyrhee Pratt's 4-yard run to go ahead 34-7.
Senior tailback Melvin Stubbs topped Parkersburg's ground game with 33 yards on 13 attempts while Fox made five catches for 75 yards.
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