"I was trying to get down the field for good yards,'' Tyrhee Pratt said, "so I could just bomb the ball up. We had no timeouts left and I just found the play. I seen my brother wide open, so I just lobbed it up. It's just a Hail Mary.''
In the OT, Capital went first and soon faced a fourth-and-3 from the SC 18. Garrison, who had booted a 36-yard field goal earlier in the game, then was true from 35 yards out for a 34-31 lead.
Garrison, who also plays soccer at Capital, thought it was funny that a kicker would help decide the back-and-forth contest.
"I kind laughed at [the suggestion] at first,'' Garrison said, "because I hadn't kicked any field goals this year. But it did come down to it. My team blocked for me, I had a good snap and a good hold and I did my part.''
On its OT possession, SC converted a fourth-and-6 from the 10 on a 7-yard Grier slant pass to Hampton. Capital then jumped offside before the first-and-goal play, putting the ball inches outside the 1.
But the Cougars defense stiffened, tossing Cunningham for a 4-yard loss and Grier for a 3-yard loss. A third-down pass from the 8 was incomplete, and SC's final hopes flickered on fourth down when Forrest couldn't manage to get his hands under Grier's low pass in the end zone.
"I did a poor job of play calling,'' said SC coach Donnie Mays. "It put us in some bad situations and stuff. I have to get better. The kids played their butts off tonight. I'm proud of them.
"We always say we're not into moral victories, and we're still not. I'm proud of the effort we gave tonight. You never know. If that ball's up 2 more inches and Kevin catches it, we win. Or if we get back a little bit further on defense [on the Hail Mary] and get our hand in the way and he drops it.''
Cunningham led SC on the ground with 128 yards and a TD on 24 carries. Grier ran for a score and hit on 16 of 24 passes for 165 yards and a TD.
Haley returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown and had a 20-yard scoring run, both in the first half, as the Cougars built a 21-7 lead.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.