Capital football preview: Kennedy, Rieta ready to carry load; plus Elma preview

mwochnick@theolympian.comSeptember 4, 2013 

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

Capital football preview story: Kennedy, Rieta ready to carry load

Elma football preview story: Rebuilding Eagles set up plan for success


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 *

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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, YelmBlack HillsTumwaterCentraliaW.F. WestRiver Ridge, Rochester, North Thurston, Rainier, Timberline

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