Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Prep Football - Msac Grid-O-Rama ; Next in Line for Capital

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Prep Football - Msac Grid-O-Rama ; Next in Line for Capital

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Freshman standouts are becoming commonplace in the Capital High School football program. Keion Wright, the school's all-time rushing leader, made a big splash in his freshman year of 2007. Quarterback and West Virginia commitment Tyrhee Pratt took the starting job in the Cougars' 2012 season opener at Greenbrier East and never let go.

Don't look now, but another ninth-grader is ready to step into the limelight for the defending Class AAA state champions.

Freshman wide receiver Kerry Martin, a 6-foot-1, 172-pound converted quarterback, made his presence felt all over the field Friday night in the Cougars' 51-7 win over Winfield in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-rama at University of Charleston Stadium.

"Some of the wide receivers on the team have helped me out learning some of the routes and stuff, with me being a freshman and all that, said Martin, who caught a pass form Pratt and darted 16 yards for a touchdown and the opening score of the game with 8:47 left in the first quarter.

"Tyrhee helps me a lot, too, Martin said.

It was the only pass Martin caught in the rout, but Capital substituted its second string into the game at the beginning of the second quarter while leading 28-0.

From then on, Martin split time at quarterback with sophomore Jack Grimm. The underclassmen helped Capital outscore Winfield 23-7 in the final three quarters, and Martin was 3 of 6 passing for 33 yards.

"We've got several guys out wide who can play, Capital coach Jon Carpenter said. "Now that we've got a senior quarterback, we'll probably throw it a little bit more.

Senior receiver Miguel "Crunchy Bays started the game off with a 49-yard reception that set up Martin's touchdown. Bays caught a 28- yard scoring pass with 4:36 left in the first quarter, as the Cougars scored touchdowns on each of their first four possessions.

More of a speedster, Bays (6-0, 170) benefited from Martin drawing attention on the perimeter of the field, and caught four passes for just more than 100 yards. …

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