The game was barely 2 minutes into the second quarter and both squads already featured a 100-yard rusher.
Capital’s Conner Kennedy needed just six carries to hit the century mark, the bulk coming on a 66-yard scamper.
North Thurston’s Josh Ramirez had an even better start by reeling off a pair of 50-yarders on his first two touches.
So what ultimately separated the two teams?
Kennedy had plenty of additional help.
The junior tailback rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown, Jakob Racimo accounted for four scores, including two on defense, and sophomore quarterback Cody Jenkins tossed four TD passes as the Cougars hammered the visiting Rams, 47-7, in a nonleague clash at Ingersoll Stadium on Friday.
“It took us a little bit to get going, but once we started clicking everything fell into place,” Racimo said. “Everyone contributed. Not a bad night at all.”
Midway through the season, it appears the two teams are headed in different directions.
Capital, after opening with four consecutive losses, has won two straight to bring its mark to 2-4.
“Our goal has never been to be undefeated,” Capital coach John Johnson said. “It’s to be playing our best when it counts the most. We’re getting into a rhythm now. We wanted to carry over what we did last week into this week and we were able to do that.”
North Thurston, a perfect 3-0 to start the season, has lost three in a row.
When Kennedy, who had 145 yards on 12 carries in the first two quarters, wasn’t tearing up the Rams defense in the first half, Jenkins was picking apart the Rams secondary. He completed his first five pass attempts in the opening two quarters with three going for scores.
Jenkins threw TD passes to Racimo (29 yards), Jacob Johnson (28) and Michael Randall (14), while Racimo returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining in the second quarter to power the Cougars to a 33-7 lead at the intermission.
Racimo would continue his big night in the third quarter. He hauled in his second touchdown from Jenkins on a 16-yard reception, and returning a fumble 36 yards for his fourth TD of the game, which pushed Capital’s lead to 47-7 with 7 minutes remaining in the quarter.
“No one played the non-league schedule we played this year,” Racimo said. “It was tough, but it made us better. Those games are helping us now.”
Trailing 14-0, Ramirez, who was slowed because of a thigh bruise for most of the second half, got the Rams on the scoreboard with a 50-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.
Kennedy answered with a 66-yard run the next time he touched the football, taking Capital down to the North Thurston 8.
The junior scored on the next play and the rout was on.
Jenkins completed 6 of 10 passes for 111 yards, while the Cougars also received 60 rushing yards on 12 carries from Ryan Rieta.
Ramirez finished with 104 yards on six carries.
At Central Kitsap 28, Olympia 21: The Bears had a shot at the possible game-tying or game-winning touchdown in the final 41 seconds, but the Cougars’ defense hung on for the 4A Narrows League victory at Silver Stadium to snap Olympia’s four-game winning streak.
Olympia (4-2 overall, 2-1 4A Narrows), which led 14-7 at halftime, held a 21-7 lead minutes into the third quarter after returning a punt deep into Central Kitsap territory to set up the drive for its third touchdown, but the Cougars scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half — including two in the fourth quarter — to earn its second straight win.
At W.F. West 35, Black Hills 19: Tanner Gueller accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and Dylan Vederico added a pair of rushing touchdowns to hand the Wolves their first loss in 2A Evergreen Conference play.
Black Hills, which snapped a three-game winning streak, trailed 7-6 at the half.
At Forks 41, Rainier 6: Reese Moody and Javier Contreras accounted for four of the Spartans’ touchdowns as they cruised to a 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division victory.
Sophomore McKoy Bichler’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Dylan DuCharme got the Mountaineers on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
At Lincoln 41, Shelton 6: The Abes rushed out to a 34-0 halftime lead at Highclimber Stadium on its way to securing a 3A Narrows League win. Brian Nault’s 11-yard touchdown catch accounted for Shelton’s fourth-quarter touchdown.
Staff writer Meg Wochnick contributed to this report.