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Capital's senior Pratt comes of age

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T.J. Lawhon
Capital wide receiver Cliffaun Pratt (3) tries to get away from a Huntington defender during their meeting earlier this season in Huntington.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When opposing defenses game plan against the high-octane Capital offense, most teams have the last name of Pratt heavily emphasized.

But, it's not all about sophomore quarterback Tyhree Pratt, who is beginning to share the spotlight with senior wide receiver and brother Cliffaun.

Cliffaun Pratt is the leading pass-catcher on a Capital team loaded with offensive playmakers, making him just as well known as his brother.

They'll certainly get the attention of Woodrow Wilson (3-3) this week when the Cougars (5-1) and Flying Eagles meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at University of Charleston Stadium.

The Pratts continue to serve notice on the opposition, including Cabell Midland, which dropped a 35-26 decision to the Cougars last Friday night, dropping the Knights from No. 7 to No. 10 in the Secondary School Activities Commission playoff ratings.

"Everybody talks about us," Tyrhee said. "It's the Pratt brothers at Capital. It feels really good. I have someone I know is here with me all the time. He helps the offense out a lot. He's the main receiver. He's really good."

While Cliff may not get as much attention as the flashy Tyrhee, Capital Coach Jon Carpenter couldn't be happier with the production he has gotten out of his receiver.

"Cliff is really good," said Carpenter, whose Cougars enter Friday's game No. 5 in the ratings. "He has started four years for us. He is really dangerous. He is having a very good year and has a huge role for us. We think he is one of the better receivers around here."

Cliff Pratt has caught 14 passes for 279 yards (20 yards per catch). With his three touchdowns, he has hauled in half of Tyrhee's six scores.   

"It's a blessing to have each other," Cliff Pratt said. "It's been a great opportunity for us both. I'm very excited and proud for Tyrhee. To be so young and only in 10th grade, that's God-given talent.

For him to be my brother is great, too."

Carpenter likes having plenty of talent, including the Pratts, Kashuan Haley, Silas Nazario and James Richmond, although he realizes there are potential pitfalls.

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