It was hardly a surprise that Capital scored a lot of points Friday night.
Score they did, early and often, in a 42-6 victory over Ridgefield in a Class 2A play-in game at muddy Spudder Stadium.
A little more surprising was the shutout pitched by the Cougar defense against a high-powered Ridgefield offense. The Spudders, the No. 2 seeds from the 2A Greater St. Helens League, averaged 45 points in their six regular-season wins, including three games of 55 or more points.
But Capital (8-2) made the going tough for Ridgefield, whose only score came on a Capital turnover late in the game. Junior defender Jakob Racimo recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass, and Ridgefield turned the ball over seven times in all.
“We just got after it,” said Racimo. “Everyboody did their job. It’s not just one player, it’s the whole team.”
Capital coach J.D. Johnson said his team persevered on playing field that grew worse as the game went on.
“On turf we probably would have looked a lot faster,” he said. “We were solid, for the most part, in all phases, in some pretty tough conditions.”
Sophomore Conner Kennedy scored two rushing touchdowns and quarterback Derrick Becker ran for one score and passed for another to lead the Cougar attack, which rolled up 400 total yards.