It was the kind of team effort that makes a coach want to stand back and smile.
After a first half spent exchanging touchdowns, Capital pulled away with five TDs in the final two quarters to defeat Mountain View 55-31 in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference opener for both teams Friday night at Dona Larsen Park.
Capital coach Todd Simis soaked in the moment afterward, watching from the sideline as his players celebrated the hard-fought victory.
One of the things about Mountain View is they are always one of the best-prepared teams, and they have good players, Simis said.
We knew it was going to be a war.
The Eagles led 24-21 at halftime as Mountain View senior running back Josh Buss rushed for nearly 100 yards with two touchdowns. Buss closed out the second quarter with a school-record 99-yard kickoff return for a TD.
Hes an animal. Ive got mad props for him, Capital quarterback Conner Poulson said.
Capital didnt stand in awe of Buss in the second half.
Junior running back Tomas Idoeta scored back-to-back touchdowns on Capitals first two possessions of the third quarter, and Poulson quieted any hopes of a Mountain View comeback with a rushing touchdown and a pair of 11-yard TD passes to receivers Tarik Littlejohn and Marcell King Jr. in the fourth quarter.
Capital controlled the tempo in the second half, successfully recovering two onside kicks. Mountain Views offense touched the ball once in the fourth quarter. That drive ended with an interception.
Poulson, who switched from a starter on defense to the Eagles QB this season, completed 21-of-28 passes for 150 yards, and Idoeta rushed for 101 yards on 22 carries. Eight receivers caught passes, and Simis credited the offensive lines play with getting the Eagles back on track in the second half.
It feels really good, especially since this was a big game, Capital right guard Sam Ball said. Everybody was talking about this being the game of the week, so it feels good to come out and put some points on the board.
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