Capital head coach J.D. Johnson directs the Cougars during football practice at Capital High School on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
TONY OVERMAN — Staff photographer
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About the Cougars
Coach: J.D. Johnson, seventh year
2012: 10-3, second in league; lost in 2A semifinals
Offense: Coordinator (set) — Arne Jensen (multiple); returning starters – 5.
Top players: WR Brian Davidson, 5-9, 170, sr.; OL Riley Haub-McElreath, 6-4, 255, sr.; RB Conner Kennedy, 5-9, 170, jr.; WR Michael Randall, 6-0, 180, sr.; RB Ryan Rieta, 5-9, 180, jr.
Defense: Coordinator (set) — Johnson (3-5-3); returning starters — 4.
Top players: DB Jacob Johnson, 5-11, 185, jr.; LB Jakob Racimo, 6-0, 215, sr.; DL Huy Vu, 5-10, 240, sr.; DB Brian Davidson, 5-9, 170, sr.
Outlook: After three state semifinal appearances in the past five seasons using a pro-style offense, the Cougars are switching to an offense (wing-T) that won them state titles in 1996 and ’98 under then-coach Wayne Sortun. ... Sophomore Cody Jenkins, whom Johnson called “a leader by nature,” is promoted to starting quarterback after spending his freshman year on the junior varsity. ... Capital’s 52 victories since 2007 is the second-most of any Thurston County program.
All games at 7 p.m.
* Denotes 2A Evergreen Conference game
Home games (Ingersoll Stadium) in CAPS
Friday, Sept. 6: NEWPORT
Friday, Sept. 13: at Olympia
Saturday, Sept. 21: at Bothell
Friday, Sept. 27: at Tumwater *
Friday, Oct. 4: CENTRALIA *
Friday, Oct. 11: N. THURSTON
Friday, Oct. 18: at Black Hills *
Friday, Oct. 25: W.F. WEST *
Friday, Nov. 1: at River Ridge *
About the Eagles
Coach: Jim Hill, 19th year
2012: 4-6, fourth (3-4) in 1A SWW Evergreen; lost in district crossover
Offense: Coordinator (set) — Hill (spread); returning starters — 6
Top players: WR Todd Swinhart, 5-10, 170, sr.; OL Joe Wilson, 6-4, 205, jr.; OL Austin Carrell, 5-10, 190, sr.; RB Steven Persell, 5-10, 170, jr.
Defense: Coordinator (set) — Ron Clark (3-5-3); returning starters — 6
Top players: DL Manny Torres, 5-10, 190, sr.; LB Jacob Stevens, 6-0, 270, sr.; DB Kevin Farr, 5-8, 160, sr.; LB Ricky Escalante, 5-8, 190, sr.; DL Brek McGaughy, 6-0, 210, sr.
All games at 7 p.m.
* Denotes 1A SWW Evergreen game
Home games in CAPS
Friday, Sept. 6: at Hockinson
Friday, Sept. 13: EATONVILLE
Friday, Sept. 20: TENINO *
Friday, Sept. 27: at Rainier *
Friday, Oct. 4: ROCHESTER *
Friday, Oct. 11: at Hoquiam *
Friday, Oct. 18: ILWACO
Friday, Oct. 25: FORKS *
Friday, Nov. 1: at Montesano *
-- Meg Wochnick, staff writer
Previous previews: Shelton, Yelm, Black Hills, Tumwater, Centralia, W.F. West, River Ridge, Rochester, North Thurston, Rainier, Timberline