You never want to see your all-state caliber running back out of the lineup, but if Capital High’s offensive linemen continue to play like this, the Cougars are going to get their yards on the ground – and it won’t matter who is carrying the football.
Capital’s offense appeared to receive a major blow prior to their annual Spaghetti Bowl matchup with crosstown rival Olympia when it was learned tailback Kai Van Sickle would be sidelined due to what head coach J.D. Johnson labeled “a coaching decision.”
Enter sophomore backup Conner Kennedy, who took full advantage of the opportunity and the sizable holes his linemen were opening up for him.
Kennedy rushed for 173 yards, scoring on runs of 3 and 1 yards, while junior quarterback Derrick Becker added another TD on the ground as Capital blanked Olympia, 19-0, in the Spaghetti Bowl before a packed Ingersoll Stadium on Friday.
“I didn’t feel we played a complete game last week,” Johnson said. “We needed to put together a complete game and tonight we did that.”
Points were at a minimum in last year’s showdown – a 10-7 win for the Bears – but the Capital offense needed just 5 minutes to get on the scoreboard this time around.
Capital fed Olympia’s defense a steady diet of Kennedy rushes in the opening half, relying on a powerful ground attack to grab a 12-0 lead at the intermission.