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Coupeville senior QB Dawson Houston came out firing Wednesday as Wolf football opened fall practice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gavin Straub, ready to lay some fools out.

Joven Light tracks an incoming ball.

Scott Hilborn slides between the rain drops.

Ben Smith gets hyper-focused as he hauls in a catch.

Led by Houston (middle), the Wolves run through offensive plays.

Timothy Ursu sprints for freedom.

Josh Upchurch anchors the line.

The rain returned, and so did football.

With liquid sunshine splashing down on the prairie Wednesday, the Coupeville High School football team opened fall practice, effectively kicking off a new school sports year.

The Wolves opened with two practices on day one, and the pics seen above came from the morning session, as wanderin’ cameraman John Fisken avoided the rain drops.

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Scott Hilborn, who will be a freshman at Coupeville High School this fall, rumbles for yardage in a middle school game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The younger brother is ready to make a big name for himself.

As he preps for his freshman year at Coupeville High School, Scott Hilborn is among the most-anticipated athletes headed towards their fall debut.

A standout football and baseball player during his middle school days, he has the same talent and drive which made older brother Matt a CHS star in the same sports over the past four years.

While his older sibling has graduated, Scott is ready to start writing his own success story.

“I really enjoy the opportunity to compete against others,” he said. “And, in addition, it helps me stay in shape.”

That, and farm work, as he gets plenty of time in the barn when at home.

Parents Steve and Wendi Hilborn own Penn Cove Farms, which makes Matt and Scott throwbacks to the olden days in Coupeville, when many top athletes toiled on local farms.

When he’s not knee-deep in the manure, the younger Hilborn enjoys math class, and proving himself on the diamond and gridiron.

He’s been at baseball longer, with his dad as his coach throughout little league play, and would give that sport the edge when it comes to picking a favorite pastime.

“Baseball is my favorite sport,” Hilborn said. “Just because I have been playing it since I was little and I just started football.”

When he steps back and takes a look at his skill-set, he sees strengths, but also wouldn’t mind a sudden growth spurt.

“I think I excel at agility and hand/eye coordination,” Hilborn said. “However, my size is really holding me back.”

But, while he might not be a tree topper heading into his freshman year, don’t sleep on him any time soon.

Having watched him play a couple of years, I’m here to tell you his speed, his tenacity, his strength (farm work, good for every Coupeville athlete!), and his intangibles make him one to watch.

If he has half the career his brother did, Scott Hilborn will walk away from high school with his fair share of praise and awards.

But, trust me, he wants more than just that.

“My main goal in high school is just to be better than my brother,” Hilborn said.

And then he went right back to work.

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Gavin Knoblich and his CHS football teammates spent Saturday painting the Boys and Girls Club as a community service project. (Bobby Carr photos)

The Wolves give the building’s outside benches a zing of color.

Many hands make the work light.

Going careful around the edges.

Brushing the day away.

Knoblich makes it look pretty.

After this, two-a-day practices will seem easy.

The start of a new season is mere days away, but community service came first for the Coupeville High School football team.

Grabbing paint brushes and rollers Saturday, the Wolf gridiron players and coaches slapped a new coat of paint or two on the local Boys and Girls Club.

The project was set up by CHS assistant football coach Bobby Carr, who also provides us with the photos seen above.

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Coupeville High School football coach Marcus Carr heads into his second season at the helm of the program. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Marcus Carr is going national.

The Coupeville High School football coach recently landed on Twitter, and he’s been quick to promote the Wolf gridiron program.

High School Football America, a national web site, offered a chance for five coaches from across the USA to earn a podcast appearance with gridiron guru Jeff Fisher.

Fingers flying, Carr was one of the winners of the contest, and his show hit the internet today.

He follows in the footsteps of coaches from Florida, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, joining Prairie (Vancouver) coach Mike Peck to give Washington state a sweet 40% market share of the podcasts.

To listen to Carr hype Wolf players like Sean Toomey-Stout, Ben Smith, and Gavin Knoblich, as well as discuss his coaching journey, deer on the field, and more, pop over to:

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/high-school-football-america/e/63259840?autoplay=true

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Ten weeks, ten shots for a Coupeville High School athlete to be recognized.

OK, Coupeville – time to self promote.

As the 2019 National Football League season plays out, CenturyLink and the Seattle Seahawks are teaming up to honor Washington state high school athletes.

Their Athlete of the Week will honor WIAA recognized student-athletes that “display leadership, passion, and dedication both on and off the field.”

Nominations are accepted from August 6 until November 12 and there will be 10 winners.

To be eligible, you have to participate at the high school level during the 2019 calendar year, which would mean athletes who graduated this spring would still be eligible.

The sports recognized by CenturyLink and the Seahawks include every varsity sport played by Coupeville High School athletes – tennis, volleyball, wrestling, football, cheer, cross country, soccer, basketball, track and field, softball, and baseball.

Nominations can be submitted by coaches, teachers, parents, peers, and community members – so, basically anyone willing to take the time to toss a Wolf or two into the mix.

Winners receive:

**$1,000 donation to athlete’s athletic department
**In-school presentation
**Personalized 2019 Nike Seahawks jersey
**Custom Seahawks football
**Two game tickets and sideline passes to a Seahawks home game
**Recognition on the Hawkvision videoboard
**Recognition in a Seahawks Gameday radio broadcast
**Weekly KIRO Radio segments recognizing winners
**Recognition on Seahawks.com
**CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week letterman jacket patch

To nominate a Wolf athlete today, pop over to:

https://www.seahawks.com/promotions/centurylink/2019/high-school-athlete-of-the-week/nominate/

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