CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A little shuteye helped Kashuan Haley do some making up for lost time Friday night, as the junior running back led Capital to a 38-10 win over Hurricane in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs at Laidley Field.
Haley, who opened the scoring with a 57-yard run on Capital's second play from scrimmage, finished with 268 rushing yards on 19 carries in what was his playoff debut.
A second-team all-state selection as a sophomore, he missed Capital's upset loss to Musselman in the first round a year ago with an injury.
"Me and No. 58, Jaisson Dyer, we didn't play last year. I got hurt against Huntington the week before that," Haley said. "This is my first playoff game in my high school career. I messed up my ankle last year."
It wasn't until the No. 3 Cougars (10-1) emerged from the locker room for the second half, however, that the team shifted into high gear. In fact, 14th-seeded Hurricane (6-5) took a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter when Brian Hughes kicked a 27-yard field goal.
Capital ran just two plays from scrimmage in the first quarter, but retook the lead with only 37 seconds remaining in the first half when Tyrhee Pratt hit a wide-open Tyrell Davis for a 51-yard touchdown pass.
It was then that Haley did what was necessary to make sure Capital didn't suffer another first-round lapse.
"I took a little nap to get my mind back," Haley said. "I wasn't focused in the beginning of the game. I get too hyped and I lose a lot of energy, so I went to the locker room, laid down for a while and got my mind right."
Capital took the kickoff to open the second half, and with 11:06 left in the quarter, Haley ripped off a 68-yard touchdown run that saw the junior break at least six tackles and spin completely around at one point before breaking into the open for the final 30 yards.
That run proved to be the game-breaker. Hurricane had employed a full-house backfield in the first half to keep the ball out of the hands of the Capital offense, but once the Cougars took a 21-10 lead, it enabled Capital's defense to tee off on Redskins quarterback Austin Hensley and running back Zach Pate.