CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tyrhee Pratt exhibited no symptoms of a sophomore slump Friday. In fact, the Capital quarterback helped pave the way for another impressive debut for a Cougar freshman in a 68-7 win over Riverside at Laidley Field.
Freshman running back Silas Nazario caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Pratt, then scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter as the Cougars (1-0) built a 47-0 lead by halftime.
Nazario had 86 total yards in the first half, and Capital began to substitute liberally soon after the second-half kickoff.
"Not too bad. Now, we've got freshmen who aren't playing because that's all we have -- they're playing because they're ready to play," Capital coach Jon Carpenter said. "It's exciting."
Nazario and Tyrell Davis got the bulk of the carries during the first half after starting running back James Richmond injured his knee on a failed point-after try early in the game. Davis had 48 yards on just three carries, including a highlight-reel 29-yard touchdown run through the Riverside (0-2) defense.
Carpenter said Richmond's injury was not thought to be serious.
"It was a precautionary measure," he said of holding out the senior. "That's the Belichick word for it, right?"
Richmond's absence did little to slow Capital's attack, and only served to showcase its depth.
Capital standout utility man Kashuan Haley did not play during the first half. He had a 44-yard touchdown run on his second carry of the third quarter that made it 54-0. He added a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown following Riverside's ensuing possession and a 69-yard TD on his next carry.