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Daylon Houston and Coupeville are getting more respect these days. (Brenn Sugatan photo)

Our computer overlords are a benevolent bunch.

At least this week.

We still need to keep an eye on Skynet, but Newman, the system employed by noted numbers cruncher Matthew Evans, likes Coupeville at the moment.

The latest tally released by Evans Rankings has Wolf football in the top 10 for the first time this season.

Sporting a record of 3-1 heading towards a Homecoming showdown with Friday Harbor, Bennett Richter’s 2B squad has wins over 1A schools Klahowya and Sultan to its credit.

The only loss on the record came to another 1A school, South Whidbey, which is 4-0 and ranked #4 in its classification by Newman.

The work of Evans Rankings doesn’t officially impact the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and its own RPI rankings, but it should, as the former often turns out to be much more realistic than the latter.

All hail our computer overlords! Now get back to practice.

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Freshman Aiden O’Neill scored his first high school touchdown Friday as Coupeville whacked La Conner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

La Conner football ain’t what it used to be.

The Braves, a longtime gridiron power in the region, have been in a rebuilding phase the past couple of seasons.

A program which has been to the state playoffs 14 times, most recently in 2016, has won just eight regular-season games since that last postseason trip.

But it gets worse. Much worse.

La Conner closed the 2020 season with a win over Darrington and has failed to score a single point across seven games since then.

The Braves were outscored 231-0 during an 0-5 season last fall, and 98-0 in the first two games this year.

The most recent chunk of points came courtesy Coupeville, which travelled to La Conner Friday and came away with a resounding 46-0 win.

The victory sets up a showdown for sole possession of first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

That’ll go down in Coupeville next Friday, Sept. 30, as the Wolves (1-0 in league, 3-1 overall) welcome Friday Harbor (1-0, 2-2) to town.

It’s Coupeville’s Homecoming game, with kickoff set for 6 PM at Mickey Clark Field.

The clash at La Conner was essentially over after one play, as Scott Hilborn yanked the ball from the sky and exploded down the right sideline.

Taking the kickoff all the way back, he staked the Wolves to a super-quick lead, then a few plays later tacked on a second score on a rushing play.

Coupeville’s defense, anchored by big hits from Josh Upchurch and Peyton Caveness, among others, shredded La Conner all night, and the Wolf offense was unstoppable with the ball in its own hands.

Dominic Coffman is coming to destroy you. All of you. (Brenn Sugatan photo)

Dominic Coffman rumbled in for the first of back-to-back touchdown runs to make it 20-0 at the end of the first quarter, and the only bright spot La Conner had was seeing one of Coupeville’s PAT attempts come up short.

It didn’t matter, though, as the Wolves slapped four more touchdowns (and two PAT’s) up on the scoreboard in the second quarter, forcing a running clock before the break.

Coffman punched in his second TD, before Wolf quarterback Logan Downes connected with freshman Aiden O’Neill on a long scoring play.

Hilborn found the end zone for a third time on a short plunge to paydirt, before freshman Chase Anderson, on in relief of Downes, tossed his first prep touchdown pass.

Anderson, who was a varsity starter and letter winner for CHS baseball as an 8th grader, connected with senior Tim Ursu, who dipped and dodged and made all the Braves miss.

Chase Anderson limbers up his touchdown-chucking arm. (Brenn Sugatan photo)

Friday’s three scores give Hilborn a team-leading seven touchdowns through four games, while Ursu (5) and Coffman (4) are hot on his heels.

In addition to getting extensive playing time behind center, Anderson also booted four PAT’s while filling the kicker role as Daylon Houston was in street clothes recovering from an injury.

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Tim Ursu, ever alert. (Brenn Sugatan photos)

The pregame warmups are their own show.

A big part of Friday Night Lights comes as fans begin to wander in, while football players and cheerleaders get limbered up and ready for the action ahead.

Catching the action at a recent home game was Coupeville High School student Brenn Sugatan, who delivers the pics seen above and below.

Fortified by snacky goodness and ready for a long night of cheering.

“What kind of shampoo you using? Cause dang, the mane is flowin’!”

Round and round they run.

“Simmer down, man. I’ll stand up when I’m ready.”

Before you throw down a beat-down, always remember to stretch.

Coen Killian teaches the young guns how it’s done.

How many bugs crawled into the helmets while the photo was snapped? Just asking.

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Kwamane Bowens snags a photo with Coupeville grad turned U-Dub football star Sean Toomey-Stout, who he coached in high school. (Photo courtesy Bowens)

Life is good.

Kwamane Bowens, who was a Coupeville student as a young man, then came back around to help coach Wolf football players, is a multi-threat.

The former NCAA D-I scholarship athlete is currently on the gridiron coaching staff at Anacortes High School, where the Seahawks are a flawless 3-0 after smacking formerly-big-and-bad Archbishop Thomas Murphy last Friday.

Bowens also continues to pursue his musical career as Groovie Mane, having dropped his debut album, Key to Me.

To listen to his music, pop over to https://music.apple.com/us/album/key-to-me/1603659980.

And take a gander at the video for his song Can’t Change (which does have some explicit lyrics) below:

 

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Wolf cheerleaders, in the calm before the game. (Delanie Lewis photo)

Faces, faces everywhere.

Crack Coupeville High School photographers Bailey Thule and Delanie Lewis snapped plenty of on-field photos at Friday’s football game, but their crowd work was especially impressive.

Capturing their classmates on film, they document the next wave of Wolf Nation in the pics seen above and below.

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