STAMFORD—The Capital Prep Harbor football team never gave an inch in its battle against defending NEPSAC Class C champion King School Saturday.
However, King did show the Sharks how championship pedigree can manifest itself on its way to a 30-14 home triumph Saturday.
“My guys gave a lot of effort. I’m very proud of our team. They displayed so much heart,” said Capital Prep Harbor first-year head coach Khamarr Smith. “The game came down to a few big plays. That was the difference. The contest was a lot closer than the scoreboard said.”
Indeed. Capital Prep Harbor (3-4 overall, 3-3 against Fairchester Athletic Association schools) forged a 6-6 tie in the first quarter and a 14-14 deadlock after three periods.
But King (5-1) marched 75 yards for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and added an insurance TD with 57 seconds left to play.
“I love when opponents give us their best. We love competition,” said King senior wide receiver A.J. Greene. “We know in our hearts that we won’t be beat.”
That has been the case for the Vikings the past two seasons except when facing Hamden Hall. The Hornets have defeated King both times including last week’s 14-6 Homecoming thriller.
CAPITAL PREP HARBOR IN ATTACK MODE
After aiding King’s 11-play, 80-yard game-opening TD drive with two penalties, the Sharks marched 50 yards in five plays for a 6-6 tie.
A 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andre Woodson Jr. to senior Mike-lee Joseph capped the drive.
Trailing 14-6, Capital Prep Harbor stopped King on fourth down at the CPH 36. The Eagles then used a 35-yard run by Tremayne Garrett II and a 25-yard pass on fourth down to Carlos Delvalle to march 64 yards in nine plays to close the third quarter tied 14-14.
KING HAD ANSWERS
Tied at 6-6, King’s LeVaughn Lewis took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Lewis then caught a two-point conversion pass for 14-6.
Tied at 14-14, King senior quarterback Renn Lints (14 of 23 passing, no interceptions, no sacks) found Lewis on a 56-yard touchdown connection only to see the TD called back on a penalty.
The next play, Lints passed 54 yards to A.J. Greene to the CPH 1. Lints ran into the end zone on the next play as King led 22-14 with 8:43 to play.
With Capital Prep Harbor facing a fourth down and 13 at midfield with 5:00 to play, Lewis Baer notched King’s lone sack of the steamy afternoon to put the Vikings in the driver’s seat.
“We didn’t cash in a number of touchdown chances early. Our third quarter was uninspired. We made plays when the game was on the line,” said King’s veteran coach Dan Gouin. “We were a little down after last week’s loss at Hamden Hall. But we held the best football team in NEPSAC Class B and Class C to 14 points. Capital Prep Harbor has some great athletes. My hat is off to (Sharks’) Coach Smith. I really don’t want to face them a few seasons down the road.”
“We expect to win every week. We needed to cash in on more of our chances today,” Capital Prep Harbor quarterback Andre Woodson Jr. said. “All we can do go back to the drawing board and get back to work to get better.”
KING 30, CAPITAL PREP HARBOR 14
CAPITAL PREP 6 0 8 0—14
KING 14 0 0 16—30
K—Renn Lints 1 run (kick failed)
CPH—Mike-Lee Joseph 25 pass from Andre Woodson Jr. (run failed)
K—LeVaughn Lewis 85 kickoff return (Lewis pass from Lints)
CPH—Woodson Jr. 5 run (Woodson Jr. run)
K—Lints 1 run (Kelly Gouin run)
K—Lints 26 run (Gouin run)
Records: Capital Prep Harbor 3-4; King 5-1.