Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL - FRIDAY'S PREVIEWS ; Ground-It-and-Pound-It Midland Invades Capital

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL - FRIDAY'S PREVIEWS ; Ground-It-and-Pound-It Midland Invades Capital

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By Rick Ryan Staff writer

At the time, Capital coach Jon Carpenter probably wasn't too thrilled with the opportunity to open the season at Johnson Central, Kentucky, since it resulted in a 23-6 loss three weeks ago. However, the experience of that kind of game - in which the Cougars managed just 110 total yards - could pay dividends this week as Capital hosts Mountain State Athletic Conference rival Cabell Midland at 7 p.m. Friday at University of Charleston Stadium.

Midland (1-2) plays a rock 'em, sock 'em style much like Johnson Central, often preferring to run between the tackles and seldom putting the ball in the air. In last week's 34-31 loss at Hurricane, in fact, the Knights were 0 of 2 passing.

Carpenter said Johnson Central's domination on both the offensive and defensive line might have paid his team a wake-up call.

"Sure, that's a nice little punch in the mouth, he said, "and that's good. We like that because our kids get tired of hearing that we're soft and we're finesse. That's what people say all the time, that we're undisciplined and that we play street ball. It never fails.

"I've got relatives in Texas and Indiana and they call me and let me know that the radio people say we play undisciplined street ball all the time - like I can do something about it.

Capital (2-1) has won back-to-back games against Riverside (40- 0) and Parkersburg (41-19) since its opening setback, while the Knights have already lost as many regular-season games as they have in any year since 2011.

Quarterback Kerry Martin has thrown for 643 yards and six touchdowns for the Cougars. The Knights average nearly 400 yards per game on the ground, led by Ivan Vaughn (425 yards, five TDs).

Riverside (2-1) at South Charleston (1-2): Last week, the Warriors beat Ripley for the first time since 2006 (four meetings). This week, they take on a Black Eagles team they haven't beaten since 2007, dropping eight straight to SC. Riverside is allowing only 19 points per game this season, and the Black Eagles have managed just 19 points total in their three starts.

Spring Valley (2-1) at George Washington (1-2): Last year, the Patriots trailed 28-21 and the Timberwolves were running out the clock with 46 seconds left. However, Spring Valley fumbled, GW turned it into a 68-yard TD pass and later won in overtime. The Patriots have won 37 of 48 games all-time at Steve Edwards Sr. Field, including a 2-1 mark versus the Wolves.

Brooke (0-3) at Hurricane (3-0): The hard-luck Bruins, AAA quarterfinalists last year, play a fourth straight 3-0 team, a Redskins squad tied for No. 3 in the playoff ratings. Brooke standout QB Koty Hudson (knee) didn't play in last week's loss to University. Hutson ran for a TD and threw for another score against Hurricane last year as the Bruins won 28-27.

St. Albans (1-2) at Ripley (1-2): These MSAC teams haven't met since the Red Dragons pulled out a 20-14 OT win in 2012. …

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