CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Crack open your history books. Friday night's scoring explosion that ran through the Kanawha Valley probably set as many records as it broke light bulbs in area scoreboards.
Capital's 68-7 rout of Riverside set schools records for the Cougars in points scored in a single game and for margin of victory.
Coach Jon Carpenter's team is ranked third in this week's Daily Mail Class AAA poll. No Cougars player carried the ball more than four times in the win, and no receiver had more two receptions. Junior Kashuan Haley, who did not play in the first half, led the team with 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns on three carries. He added a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter as well.
"I was saving him," Carpenter said sheepishly when asked about Haley's first-half absence. "We'll just leave it at that."
Sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt was 6-of-8 passing for 115 yards and two touchdowns. He added 34 rushing yards on four carries. Freshman Silas Nazario also carried four times for 22 yards and a score.
"We like to spread the ball around," Carpenter said. "I think that's the best thing to do when you've got as many athletes as we've got."
Capital (1-0) expects to face a sterner test Friday, when No. 10 Princeton (2-0) visits after knocking off rival Bluefield last week.
"We've just got to keep our heads up and don't get big heads," Pratt said. "It's one game. We've got nine more games straight, without a week off."
Capital's previous record for points in a game came against St. Albans on Aug. 31, 2012. The Cougars won that game 61-34. The record for margin of victory had been Capital's 56-7 win over Morgantown in the 1996 Class AAA playoff semifinals.
For Riverside (0-2), the loss marked the second-most lopsided setback in school history and the second-most points allowed in a single game. The records for those dubious statistics were set a week earlier in a 70-0 loss to No. 4 Cabell Midland (2-0).
WHILE NOT establishing new records, there were other high-point games of note Friday.
No. 9 South Charleston's 75-16 win over St. Albans marked the most points scored by a Black Eagles team since a 77-point showing against Charleston Catholic in 1974.
Sissonville's 48-0 win over Liberty (Raleigh) was also a benchmark. The last time the Indians beat a Class AA or Class AAA team by 48 or more points was in 1969, when they topped South Charleston 57-6.
Sissonville beat Class A Sherman 72-12 on Oct. 19, 2012.