CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Capital Coach Jon Carpenter didn't have much to critique following the Cougars' impressive showing in their first scrimmage Saturday.
The Capital starters scored five touchdowns, including a defensive score, while its second unit had a touchdown and its third stringers account for two more in an 8-0 shutout of St. Albans at University of Charleston Stadium.
While sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt had a 70-yard touchdown run and junior utility man Kashuan Haley scored on a 15-yard run that saw him weave his way through multiple defenders, the Cougars' most impressive TD might have come on a 40-yard run by freshman running back Silas Nazario.
Nazario, the younger brother of South Charleston graduate and Pitt women's basketball player Dri Nazario, bolted toward the right sideline on a handoff, and used a nifty stutter step and head fake to drop a St. Albans defender in his tracks in the open field before the freshman cruised into the end zone.
"He's going to be something special," Carpenter said.
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the scrimmage for the Cougars was their improved physicality, Carpenters said. St. Albans rarely ran the ball for positive yardage.
"Up front, I think it's a sign of those guys being around for four years. It's our first senior group," said Carpenter, who is entering his fourth year as coach.
"A lot of that comes from the work you put in during the winter. This is the first time we've looked like we've attempted that."
Carpenter was also impressed with his team's blocking down field.
"I think that's just coming from unselfishness," he said. "That's exciting to see: guys willing to lay out to get a block. A lot of times you get skill-position guys and they want to cry when they ain't got the ball and not play a part.
"We have a lot of guys who were letting their body fly around like it was WWE out there."
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