CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Capital's first road game of the season will present the Cougars with an unusual challenge.
The Cougars (2-0) are ranked third in the latest Daily Mail Class AAA Poll and are tied for seventh in the initial Secondary School Activities Commission playoff rankings, along with Oak Hill. Tonight, Capital visits longtime MSAC rival Parkersburg (1-1), which will be playing its first home game of the year.
The Big Reds were scheduled to open their home schedule Aug. 31 against Vincent Warren Local (Ohio) but were forced to play the game at Don Drumm Stadium at Marietta, Ohio, due to ongoing construction to Stadium Field, their on-campus home on the north side of Parkersburg.
The game is the 23rd meeting between the schools, with Parkersburg owning a 13-9 series lead. It is the first meeting in the series since 2010, when Capital won on the road 34-7.
Junior Kashuan Haley leads Capital with 252 rushing yards on 21 carries (12 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt is 13 of 24 passing for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Pratt has yet to throw an interception.
Parkersburg, which is coming off a 40-7 loss at Cabell Midland last week, is led by quarterback Aaron Roberts, who has completed 15 of 26 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Melvin Stubbs leads the Big Reds in rushing with 173 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries (6.4 ypc).
In other games tonight:
Riverside (0-3) at George Washington (3-0) - The Warriors' early season grind continues as they face their fourth opponent in as many weeks that is ranked in the Top 10. Riverside has scored just 16 points and given up 194 in the first three games of Coach Steven Freeman's tenure, and the high-scoring Patriots will be favored to add significantly to that total. GW running back Draven Riffe is second among Class AAA leaders with 601 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.