Cabell Midland falls to Capital
CHARLESTON -- Kashaun Haley broke off three long scoring runs and defensive end James Walton played like a man possessed Friday night, sparking Capital to a 35-26 victory over Cabell Midland at Laidley Field.
The game was a Class AAA heavyweight matchup of No. 8-rated Capital (5-1 and No. 7 Cabell Midland (5-2).
Haley, who carried 18 times for 235 yards, scored on a 31-yard run with 1:36 left to ice it after the Knights had whittled their deficit to 28-26.
Capital seemed ready to blow the game open on a couple of occasions in the second half, taking leads of 21-7 and 28-13 in the third quarter, first on a 25-yard run by freshman Silas Nazario and then a 64-yarder by Haley.
The Knights, however, took advantage of several Cougars miscues to work their way back into it.
Late in the third quarter, with Capital up 21-7, Cabell Midland was forced to punt and Haley watched the ball bound toward his 25-yard line. It took a funny hop and glanced off his knee, with Alex Childers covering the ball for the Knights at the Capital 20. Two plays later, Kasey Thomas scored on a 7-yard run.
On Capital's very next offensive snap, Haley burst 64 yards around right end for a touchdown and it was 28-13.
But, Capital gave Cabell Midland another opportunity as the third quarter wound down.
From his own 30, Capital's Tyrhee Pratt tried to dump off a pass but it was swallowed up by Bobby Mitchell, who returned the interception to the Cougars' 27. Early in the fourth quarter, Teran Barnitz scored on a 5-yard run to lower the lead to 28-20.
Cabell Midland got even closer after a Capital three-and-out, moving 69 yards in seven plays to score.
Twice in the possession, Knights QB Coy Pettit rolled one way and threw back across the field to Barnitz for big gains. The first covered 21 yards and the second went 34 yards for a TD to make it 28-26 with 4:08 left in the game.
The Knights tried for a 2-point conversion to tie it, but the play clock just about ran out before they snapped the ball. Walton broke through to sack Pettit, who had rolled to the right.
That wasn't the only big play provided by Walton, who led the Capital defense with 11 solo tackles.
Capital held the Knights to 201 yards rushing, less than half their pregame average of 453.
The Cougars ran for 340 yards. Haley had TD carries of 70, 64 and 31 yards while Silas Nazario added scoring runs of 33 and 25 yards.
Barnitz ran for 58 yards for the Knights and caught all three of the team's completions for 60 yards. Dontae Hendricks returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score.
Cabell Midland meets another Top 10 team next week when its hosts George Washington.
CABELL MIDLAND 7 0 6 13 -- 26
CAPITAL 7 7 14 7 -- 35
C -- Nazario 33 run (Garrison kick)
CM -- Hendricks 92 kickoff return (Heiner kick)
C -- Haley 70 run (Garrison kick)
C -- Nazario 25 run (Garrison kick)
CM -- Thomas 7 run (kick failed)
C -- Haley 64 run (Garrison kick)
CM -- Barnitz 5 run (Heiner kick)
CM -- Barnitz 34 pass from Pettit (run failed)
C -- Haley 31 run (Garrison kick)
First downs 14 15
Rushes-yards 52-201 39-340
Passing yards 60 29
Passes 3-15-2 3-14-1
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 2-10 8-60
Punts-average 4-27.5 4-34.3
RUSHING -- CM: Thomas 21-62, Barnitz 15-58, Childers 5-48. CAP: Haley 18-235, Nazario 7-87
PASSING -- CM: Pettit 3-15-2-60. CAP: T.Pratt 3-14-1-29.
RECEIVING -- CM: Barnitz 3-60. CAP: C.Pratt 2-28
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