After a 1-2 start to the season against a brutal schedule, the Capital High football team needed a confidence-boosting victory.
It got one Thursday, dominating Boise in a 40-3 victory at Dona Larsen Park.
“What it does is it gives these guys adversity,” Capital (2-2) junior quarterback Drew Korf said of the tough start. “It shows these guys how to play. They’ve played state championship teams. These guys, they’re starting to be battle tested. When we get into those tougher situations against Rocky Mountain and later in the playoffs, I think these guys are going to be ready.”
Capital’s two losses this fall came on the road to No. 1-ranked Mountain View and No. 3 Madison, with a win over Eagle at home in the middle.
Capital is breaking in seven new starters on offense and nine on defense. But it didn’t show any signs of youth Thursday.
The Eagles’ defense forced three-and-outs on Boise’s first two possessions, setting the stage for an 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive and an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive to start the game. It only got worse from there as the Eagles found the end zone on each of their first six possessions on drives of 13, nine, seven and 14 plays before taking their foot off the gas.
Capital outgained Boise 539-165 in yards as Korf spearheaded the Eagles’ attack. The 6-1, 175-pound signal caller harassed Boise (2-2) with his arm and his legs, taking direct snaps out of five-wide receiver sets and romping through open lanes against a spread-out defense.
He completed 19-of-22 passes for 301 yards and three TDs, and he added 67 yards on 22 carries.
“You’re seeing his athleticism,” Capital coach Todd Simis said. “What a good game for him, his fourth start as a varsity football player. You can see the growth. He’s getting better and better.”
Capital pounded the ball on the ground, running for 238 yards on 63 attempts. It only passed 22 times. But when it did, it punished Boise’s aggressive defense with 39- and 62-yard TD throws to senior Sam Brixey, who finished with nine catches for 189 yards.
Only Sam Rucklos’ 35-yard field goal with 3 minutes, 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter kept Capital from the shutout. Senior defensive tackle Braydon Ball said the Eagles switched from a three-man defensive front to a four-man front this week, allowing Capital to apply more pressure to the quarterback and keep Boise under wraps.
The win evens Capital’s record as it starts its pod schedule at home Sept. 24 vs. Nampa. And it stretches the Eagles’ winning streak over Boise School District opponents to 37 games.
While beating Boise likely won’t help Capital’s playoff odds, it marks a step forward in one of its preseason goals — a Boise city championship.
“We really take it to heart because it’s really important to our school,” Ball said. “Whenever we get a game like this, we always do our best.”