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Former Wolf Gabe Shaw hoists a trophy in Florida. (Photos courtesy Gabe Shaw, Sr.)

The line celebrates together.

He’s not a Wolf anymore, but he’s still a winner.

Gabe Shaw, who will be a senior at Clay High School in Florida this fall, kicked off his final season of prep football in style.

The standout lineman and his teammates stared down players from 15 other area schools to win the Clay/Duval Big Man Challenge, hosted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The National Football League franchise brought together the schools to give them a chance to face-off with rivals they might not play during the season.

Skills position players competed in 7 vs 7 games, while the linemen went toe-to-toe (and muscle to muscle) in strength events.

There was a medicine ball throw, weighted carry, a low sled push relay, and a tug of war.

Clay, a 5A school, went 9-2 last season, falling in its third playoff game.

The Blue Devils opened the postseason with 43-0 and 35-0 wins over Leesburg and Atlantic (Port Orange), respectively, before coming up on the short end of the stick 38-7 to Vanguard.

Shaw spent his first season in the Sunshine state pulling double duty, working as an offensive tackle and defensive end.

During his days in Coupeville, the two-way starter played football and basketball.

As a sophomore, Shaw was a crucial part of the first Wolf gridiron squad to post a winning record since 2005.

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CHS senior gridiron star Alex Jimenez earned the Coaches Award. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sage Downes was one of 20 Wolf football players to letter this season.

Alex Jimenez earned the respect of his mentors.

The Coupeville High School senior received the Coaches Award Wednesday, highlighting the football team’s award banquet.

Fellow senior Ben Smith earned a Four-Year award for playing every season, while 20 players were lettered by head coach Marcus Carr.

The Wolves finished 3-2, with wins over La Conner, Lummi Nation, and Concrete, clinching a second-straight winning season after a 13-year dry spell for the gridiron program.


Varsity letter winners:

Isaiah Bittner
Cameron Breaux
Brian Casey
Dominic Coffman
Miles Davidson
William Davidson
Logan Downes
Sage Downes
Dakota Eck
Scott Hilborn
Daylon Houston
Cole Hutchinson
Alex Jimenez
Coen Killian
Zane Oldenstadt
Mikey Robinett
Ben Smith
Josh Upchurch
Tim Ursu
Kai Wong

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Ben Smith breaks loose. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One last rumble into the heart of action.

Football season is done, but this collection of images, snapped by John Fisken as Coupeville’s Ben Smith wins a battle with a would-be tackler, is still waiting for its moment in the spotlight.

So here you go.


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Ben Smith reps an all-star football uniform Saturday in Kent. (Deb Smith photo)

One final moment on a sunny high school football field.

A week after playing his final game in a Coupeville uniform, Wolf senior Ben Smith participated Saturday in the annual Cleats vs. Cancer All-Star Football Showcase.

Held at French Field in Kent, the game pitted some of the state’s top players in a charity game, with money raised by ticket sales going to help children battling cancer.

Hanging out with some of his teammates for a day. (Deb Smith photo)

Smith suited up for the North squad, which fell 35-28 to the South.

Win or lose, the Coupeville running back, who is planning to play college football for Culver-Stockton College in Missouri, had a positive experience in Kent.

“I enjoyed it, and I wanted to play for the cause,” Smith said.

The CHS senior was a two-way star for the Wolves during their pandemic-shortened season this spring, helping lead his squad to a 3-2 record, their second-straight winning mark after a 13-year dry spell.

Smith paced the Wolves in rushing yards and total touchdowns, with his biggest sprint to the end zone being the game-decider in a season-opening overtime win over La Conner.

Cracking Concrete in a regular-season win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Ben Smith rumbles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s spring cleaning, but with fall sports photos.

While games have ended, and Wolf athletes are off to play basketball, I’m still working through a backlog of John Fisken photos.

So here you go, some light, non-reading entertainment for your Friday morning.

Alex and Michele Murdy ponder.

“I’m telling you, I left my seeing-eye dog right here!”

Barbi Ford and Bob Martin enforce (the mask mandate).

Hope Lodell amazes.

Genna Wright electrifies.

Sisters (l to r) Christi Messner, Ford, and Aimee Bishop bond.

Sage Downes plots.

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