High School Sports

Behind Kennedy’s 177 yards rushing, Capital tops Olympia, 17-7, in Spaghetti Bowl

Capital senior running back Conner Kennedy rushed for a game-high 177 yards on 34 carries and scored both of the Cougars’ touchdowns in a 17-7 nonleague football victory over Olympia in front of more than 3,000 fans jam-packed into Ingersoll Stadium on Friday night.

Kennedy’s touchdowns of 1 (third quarter) and 3 yards (fourth quarter) gave the Cougars the lead for good after Olympia, ranked No. 10 in this week’s Class 4A football rankings, led 7-3 at halftime.

Danny Leatherwood’s interception of Bears quarterback Kaden Wilson at the Capital 32 set up Capital’s final touchdown by Kennedy with 5:07 left for a 17-7 advantage. Two of the Cougars’ three scoring drives were created by the defense; Sam LeBlanc’s fumble recovery led to a 4-play, 19-yard drive that ended in Van Soderberg’s 33-yard first-quarter field goal that gave Capital a 3-0 lead.

Capital’s defense has held Olympia to seven or fewer points twice in the last three years. In 2012, Capital won 19-0.

Olympia’s 7-3 halftime lead came on an 11-play, 76-yard drive, capped off by Isaiah Brooks’ 3-yard touchdown run with 1:43 left in the first half. The Bears’ biggest play of the half — a 31-yard strike by Wilson to Collin Courter on third and 2 from the Capital 34 — set up Brooks’ touchdown a play later on first and goal.

Brooks finished with 56 yards on 17 carries, but was stopped on fourth and 1 twice on separate drives — once in each half — by Capital’s defense.

Capital (1-1) hosts Lincoln in a 3A Narrows League game next Friday while Olympia (1-1) travels to play South Kitsap for its first 4A Narrows League game.

Capital now leads the all-time series 21-17.