In the end, the Foss Falcons defense simply had no answer for Conner Kennedy.
It took the senior running back less than three minutes off the game clock to blow the game wide open for the Cougars on Friday night at Mount Tahoma Stadium. His 49-yard run for a touchdown just before halftime swung the contest in Capital’s favor, and his 56-yard touchdown scamper four plays into the second half effectively sealed the deal. By the time the dust settled, the Cougars had secured a 32-13 victory.
Kennedy finished with 22 carries for 307 yards and four touchdowns for Capital (2-2).
Foss coach Patrick Johnson predicted before the 3A Narrows matchup that the game would come down to which team won the battle in the trenches, and it proved prophetic.
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“He’s a beast,” Johnson said of Kennedy. “Once you get that momentum going, it’s hard to stop. … We felt like we could play with them; we just gave up too many big plays.”
For the Falcons (1-3), any hope of a comeback vanished when a 21-play drive — which ate up most of the third quarter — ended at the Capital 1-yard line without points.
Despite the fact that senior quarterback Christopher “Scooby” Reynolds had a big night throwing and rushing the ball, it never turned the tide. Reynolds threw for 249 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, and ran for 65 more and another score.
In victory, Capital head coach John Johnson still saw room for improvement.
“A win’s a win, I get it, but there’s so much more we could do better,” Johnson said. “Honestly, we probably should have held them to zero. … Conner Kennedy had a huge performance, but it can’t just be one guy carrying the load.”
Foss senior wide receiver Michel Cocke’ added six receptions for 160 yards for the Falcons.