The College of William & Mary football team finally got its second win of the season Saturday against Penn, and it was thanks in part to two Cape-Atlantic League alumni stepping in after injuries to other players.
Mainland Regional High School graduate Brent Caprio and St. Augustine Prep graduate Darnell Laws were responsible for three of the Tribe's four touchdowns.
Caprio started at quarterback for the first time since the season opener after Raphael Ortiz suffered a head injury the previous week. Caprio, who himself lost the starting job after injuring his shoulder in the opener, completed 18-of-28 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Tribe's 34-28 win over Penn.
"I thought Caprio jumped in there ... and did a good, solid job," William & Mary coach Jimmye Laycock said in his weekly teleconference Monday. "(He) played well, especially in the second half, made some nice throws and all that."
Laws capitalized on injuries to the Tribe's top two running backs, Keith McBride and Meltoya Jones. Laws rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown, with most of his touches coming in the second half after McBride went down.
"Darnell Laws jumped in there and I thought did a good job for us there in the second half," Laycock said. "(He) ran the ball, got a big touchdown for us and ran really hard."
Laycock said both players' status for Saturday's game against James Madison will depend on "how the week plays out." But he also said he is "not of any mindset whatsoever" when it comes to players losing their job due to injury, implying that Caprio and Laws will have the opportunity to keep their jobs with a solid week of practice.
Caprio said in a preseason interview with The Press that even if he did not win the starting job, he did not want to transfer or change positions, because William & Mary had been plagued by injuries at the quarterback position the previous two seasons. That proved prophetic, as all three quarterbacks - Mike Graham has dealt with an ankle injury - have been hurt at times this season, but all three have played.
"We try to get across to them that all of them need to think like starting quarterbacks and be prepared to play," Laycock said.
Local fans will be able to watch if Caprio and Laws play Saturday against fourth-ranked James Madison, which features Atlantic City graduate Leavander Jones at cornerback. The game will be shown live on The Comcast Network at 3:30 p.m.