Tumwater District Stadium was the bottle. Jakob Racimo was the lightning.
Racimo caught a touchdown pass, sacked the quarterback and blocked a punt that resulted in a safety Friday.
Yes, it was an all-around dominating performance by the Capital senior.
And he did all of it in the first quarter.
Racimo finished with a pair of TD catches, blocked two punts and was a menace on defense during the Cougars’ 39-7 win over Black Hills in a key 2A Evergreen Conference matchup.
“It doesn’t matter where we put him, he just makes plays,” Capital coach J.D. Johnson said about Racimo. “We’re at a point in the season where he tells us what he can do and we just tell him to go out there and do it, and he does.”
Capital (3-4 overall, 2-1 EvCo) has won three in a row after an 0-4 start.
The top two reasons for the turnaround are a rejuvenated ground game and an aggressive, opportunistic defense.
Both were showcased against the Wolves (3-4, 1-2) with Ryan Rieta (120 rushing yards), Conner Kennedy (60) and Jacob Johnson (48) spearheading the Cougars’ rushing attack.
“Things are starting to click for us,” J.D. Johnson said. “We had a few too many penalties tonight, but we will clean that up.”
Racimo capped Capital’s opening possession by pulling down a 23-yard TD pass from Cody Jenkins.
Racimo also showcased his defensive talents early, getting a tackle for a loss from his linebacker position on the Wolves’ first offensive play.
And he was far from done.
Two plays later, Racimo was back in the backfield, sacking Black Hills quarterback Jayden Troy to force a three-and-out.
The Wolves were able to get that punt off but weren’t as lucky the second time. Racimo blocked the kick, forcing the ball to roll out the back of the end zone for a safety.
Racimo, whose second TD reception made it 16-0, nearly got his second sack midway through the second quarter, wrapping up Troy just as he released the ball. Racimo’s pressure resulted in a rushed pass which floated into the hands of Capital defensive back Jacob Johnson.
Black Hills put together its best drive late in the first half, marching to the Capital 11 where they faced a fourth-and-1.
Racimo was there once again, stuffing running back Mitch Stone for a loss as the Cougars took a 16-0 lead into halftime.
Racimo finished with five catches for 87 yards with his longest reception – a 39-yarder in the third – setting up Rieta’s 1-yard TD run.
Rieta later added a 4-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter, pushing the lead to 29-0.
Capital, which has outscored its last three opponents 136-20, forced three turnovers and blocked two punts – the second was returned 10 yards for a score by Jacob Johnson.
Black Hills avoided the shutout on Troy’s 76-yard touchdown run with three minutes to play.