Capital defeated North Thurston 30-23 Friday September 28 in South Sound Conference football action to spoil the Rams Homecoming. Capital scored early to lead 7-0, yet Thurston pulled ahead and never trailed until late in the fourth quarter after back to back scores from the Cougars.
The game teetered then tottered with each side landing punches back and forth.
Capital scored first and then North Thurston held leads at 10-7, 17-10, and 17-16. A fourth quarter touchdown put Thurston ahead 23-16 which seemed to pull the momentum towards the Lacey squad.
Yet Capital stayed resilient and immediately scored on a long Touchdown pass to senior Grady Lindekugel. Capital stopped the Rams on the next possession and then drove into Ram territory. Going for it on the fourth down, Capital senior, Tristan Redman (14/25 317 yards), connected with 6’4” sophomore Troy Collard to put the Cougars in the lead for good.
Collard, who scored two touchdowns, joined Lindekugel who led Capital with three Touchdowns off seven receptions with 218 yards receiving.
Thurston outrushed Capital 237 to minus 19 with a strong shared rushing attack from Zach Porter, Andy Ross and junior quarterback Keeton Maggard. For Rams coach, Terry Shaw, it was a disappointing ending to a game he believed his team could have won.
“It was a good high school football game,” Shaw said. “We made some mental mistakes but I am proud of how our guys played. Unfortunately, our mistakes caught up to us and they made a few less than we did.”
North Thurston seemed to have one last chance to take the lead with two minutes left after forcing Capital to punt. Yet they ran into Capital’s punter for an automatic first down that sealed the game.
Capital coach, Terry Rose, was proud of his team. “We had to get a little bit of a gut check at half time and we talked about respecting our opponent,” Rose said. “Thurston is a good football team. Our kids just made some plays and our kids ran our plays well.”
Capital (2-2, 2-0 in 3A SSC) moves on to host undefeated Yelm (2-2, 2-0 in 3A SSC) next week for its homecoming at Ingersol in Olympia. For the Rams, (2-2, 0-2 in 3A SSC) they will regroup as they host Gig Harbor.