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Capital rolls at re-opening of Stadium Field

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Capital threw a wet blanket on Parkersburg's grand re-opening of Stadium Field on Friday night.

Sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt accounted for six touchdowns as the third-ranked Cougars paraded past the Big Reds 55-20. A crowd of about 3,500 attended the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic matchup.

"Shoot, you come to Parkersburg and win, you're tickled to death,'' said Capital coach Jon Carpenter. "I've been up here a lot of times and got my teeth kicked in. We feel good about [the win].''

Parkersburg debuted its new bleachers, which were deemed unsafe this past spring by the Wood County Board of Education. The Big Reds played their season opener at Marietta College, across the river in Ohio, then had an off week before traveling to Cabell Midland. The Stadium Field upgrades included new bleachers on the south side of the facility.

"When the whole project started, our goal was to be in Sept. 20,'' said Parkersburg coach Don Reeves. "We're really fortunate three weeks ago the community jumped on board to make it happen. That was the good part to start with.''

Capital's Pratt turned in 285 passing yards with a 50-yard TD strike and added 128 yards on eight carries with four scores, including a 51-yard scoring scamper in which he broke four tackles.

Junior running back Kashuan Haley added 150 yards on 10 carries for the Cougars, including a 77-yard TD jaunt. Haley and Pratt surpassed 100 yards rushing and passing, respectively, in the opening quarter.

The Cougars (3-0) finished with 598 total yards and 23 first downs while yielding just 177 total yards to the Big Reds (1-2).

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