After Capital High School’s defense registered a safety in the second quarter, Sean Morris carried the momentum over on the ensuing kickoff, returning the ball 30 yards down to the North Thurston 30-yard line.
It proved to be one of the worst starting points for the Cougars’ offense in the entire first half.
Quarterback Cody Jenkins ran for a touchdown and threw for another for Capital, which benefited from a short field on numerous occasions and posted its fourth consecutive victory, 36-7 over the host Rams in Narrows League 3A play Friday at South Sound Stadium.
Capital, which has not lost since a 32-10 defeat Sept. 19 against Lincoln, improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in league.
North Thurston, which finished with five turnovers, saw its thin playoff hopes dashed with the loss, falling to 2-6 overall and 2-4 in league.
Connor Kennedy rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries to once again power the Cougars’ ground attack.
North Thurston quarterback Jake Harn finished 6-for-10 passing for 100 yards with a TD and an interception, while teammate Luke Yanna came up with a pair of sacks on defense.
Capital didn’t need many yards to take a 30-7 lead into intermission as the Rams had three turnovers (two fumbles and an interception) and surrendered a safety in the opening half.
The Cougars had scoring drives of 19, 18 and 30 yards.
The Rams appeared snakebitten from the start, with Harn mishandling the snap on the first play from scrimmage.
Dallen Prichett recovered the fumble at the Rams 19. Five plays later, Jenkins punched it in from 7 yards out, tucking away the ball on a bootleg and racing untouched into the end zone for a 6-0 advantage less than 2 minutes into the contest.
North Thurston briefly shook off the miscue, marching down the field on its next possession. The 80-yard scoring drive was highlighted by a 44-yard run from Josh Mosquera and capped with Harn hitting Yanna in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard scoring strike.
Matt Longnecker’s PAT pushed North Thurston into a 7-6 lead. The errors resurfaced soon after.