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Coupeville freshman Aiden O’Neill celebrates his first high school interception. (Brenna Silveira photo)

Hide the women and children, cause Dominic Coffman is killin’ folks up in here.

Hitting would-be tacklers hard enough to knock their souls into the next realm, the Coupeville High School senior crashed and banged his way to a four-touchdown night Thursday.

Scoring three different ways — on the ground, through the air, and while playing defense, Coffman sparked the Wolf gridiron squad to a 48-6 demolishing of visiting Bellingham before a sellout crowd.

And the butts were in the seats despite the game being bumped a day early thanks to a ref shortage in the region.

The non-conference victory, coming against a 2A school, lifts 2B Coupeville to 5-1, riding a four-game winning streak as they plan for the longest, and most-dangerous trip of the season.

The Wolves hit the road next Friday, Oct. 14 to travel 140+ miles to Leavenworth to clash with 1A Cascade, which is 5-0 heading into a game with Cashmere.

It’s a rematch for Coupeville against a team which beat them 42-13 on Whidbey last year, though this year’s Wolves are not quite last year’s Wolves.

This time around, CHS, which has three players with eight or more touchdowns — Scott Hilborn, Tim Ursu, and Coffman — has outscored its foes 228-90 and seems to be clicking on all cylinders.

That was certainly the case against Bellingham, with the Wolves rolling up their 48 points in just the first 20 minutes of game time.

Coupeville, despite repping a much-smaller school, had bigger, faster, and much-stronger players than the Bayhawks brought to town.

Bellingham is 2-4 this season, playing an independent schedule during a rebuilding phase, and the Wolves feasted on a foe which couldn’t slow them down.

Hilborn almost broke away for a touchdown on the opening kickoff but settled for scoring on an even more dramatic play a minute or so later.

Wolf quarterback Logan Downes lofted a pass over the Bellingham defense, allowing Hilborn to run past the Bayhawks, then dive while pulling in the falling football.

The 24-yard scoring strike was the first of two touchdowns on the night for Hilborn, pushing his team-leading total to 10.

Tack on a Daylon Houston PAT, and the Wolves were up 7-0 less than two minutes into the game.

Things would not get better for Bellingham.

Coupeville immediately forced a three-and-out thanks to William Davidson and Hilborn savagely taking down Bayhawk runners, then delivered the night’s most giddily violent play.

Taking over at Bellingham’s 36-yard line, Downes handed the ball to Coffman, then looked away so he wouldn’t have to witness the carnage.

Two Bayhawk defenders hit Coffman on his second step, only to have the Dominator flex every muscle in his body and knock both Bellingham players on their keisters.

The resulting bang could be heard in neighboring states, prompting several government officials to question whether a nuke had gone off in the region.

Back on the turf at Mickey Clark Field, Coffman ran straight through several more Bayhawks, shedding tackles and shredding psyches.

Bull-rushing his way to the back of the end zone, he completed the kind of mind-melting power run not seen since former Wolf great Ian Barron used to hit people so hard his own teammates politely declined the opportunity to try and tackle him during practices.

B is for Bellingham, but B is also for bruise, and there will be a lot of the latter in the former tomorrow.

Dominic Coffman? He’d rather run through you than around you. (Bailey Thule photo)

The Bayhawks had their one bright moment of the night in the aftermath, blocking Coupeville’s PAT before driving methodically down the field for their only score.

It came on a short fourth-down run from rugged sophomore Tyler Frost, who churned away all game, though usually with four or five Wolves hanging all over his 230-pound body.

If Bellingham could have frozen time, that moment, when it trailed 13-6, would have been worth remembering.

But the clock waits for no Bayhawk, and the Wolves bit back hard.

Ursu brought the ensuing kickoff back to midfield, and two plays later Downes tossed a 50-yard TD pass to Coffman, with freshman Chase Anderson tacking on the extra point.

If 20-6 looked nice after one quarter of play, 48-6 at the half looked even better.

Fab frosh Aiden O’Neill picked off a pass to open the second quarter, followed by the Wolves scoring on three of the next four snaps.

The only non-scoring play was a “modest” 25-yard run from Coffman, crushing fools with every step.

Otherwise, it was all “celebrate in the end zone, all the time” for the Wolves.

Hilborn zigged and zagged his way to a 45-yard scoring run, Coffman forced a fumble and returned it for Coupeville’s first defensive TD of the year, and a pack of Wolves converged on the Bellingham ballcarrier to net a safety.

In between, freshman Ezra Boilek bashed a kickoff through the end zone for a touchback, earning big kudos from his teammates and Wolf assistant coach Bobby Carr.

Coupeville actually scored again immediately after the safety, only to have a long TD pass negated by a penalty.

Sighing deeply, the Wolves said, “Fine, we’ll work for it,” and used a six-play drive to chip some time off the clock before Coffman plunged in from three yards out to make it 40-6.

The Wolves wrapped up their offensive firepower show with a final touchdown with a hair under four minutes to play in the first half.

Downes did most of the work, scrambling for 49 yards on third-and-10, going down right at the one-yard line.

That allowed sophomore Johnny Porter a chance to stroll in from one yard out on the next play, notching his third touchdown of the season as the Wolf line drove Bellingham’s defense off the field and into the nearby bushes.

Toss in Coupeville’s first two-point conversion of the season, on a pass from Downes to Ursu, and the scoreboard was in full melt-down mode.

Bellingham tried to salvage a little self-respect on the final drive of the half, but Coupeville’s defense was unwilling to relent.

Mikey Robinett blew up a runner in the backfield, Hilborn crushed a Bayhawk a millisecond after he yanked a bad snap off the ground, and Jonathan Valenzuela sacked Bellingham’s QB on fourth down.

With the game a rout, the second half was all about a running clock getting the visitors back on the bus and headed home to the big city.

Coffman and Ursu both collected interceptions, though what should have been a pick-six for Ursu was denied thanks to one of his teammates getting caught delivering a chop block to a Bayhawk.

As the Wolf faithful celebrated, even with another day of school and work looming, CHS head coach Bennett Richter basked in the afterglow.

He got every player in uniform into the game Thursday and won on wife Megan’s birthday.

As the stadium lights turned off overhead, Richter’s smile lit up the darkness.

“This? This is fun!”

And then he was off to plan for Cascade.

Wolves (l to r) William Davidson, Mikey Robinett, Logan Downes, and Zane Oldenstadt enjoy a big win. (Michelle Glass photo)

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Dominic Coffman and Co. are ready to play whenever. (Bailey Thule photo)

Are you ready for some Thursday Night Lights?

Due to a shortage of officials, Coupeville High School’s home football game with Bellingham has been bumped from Friday, Oct. 7 to Thursday, Oct. 6.

Kickoff for the non-conference tilt is still set for 7 PM.

The change potentially puts the gridiron game up against a home volleyball match between Coupeville and South Whidbey, with JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith is working on a potential switch for the spiker rumble, however.

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Sophomore Scout Smith scored her first varsity basketball points Monday, nailing a three-ball at Bellingham. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mikayla Elfrank is ready for the spotlight.

With the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad needing to replace four starters from last year, the Wolf senior has moved from a role as an explosive “sixth man” to being a starter capable of carrying the team on her back at times.

And Elfrank went down fighting Monday, filling the stat sheet with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in her team’s non-conference season opener at Bellingham.

While it wasn’t quite enough, as the 2A Red Raiders jumped to an early lead, then held on for a 43-31 win, a thin CHS squad (injuries and illness left it with only seven players) got stronger as the game developed.

Overcoming early nerves, which left them in a 14-4 hole after the first quarter, the Wolves put together their best runs in the second (9-6) and fourth (13-10) quarters.

Toss out two layups in the final seconds, when Coupeville was frantically pressing, and that final quarter looks even better.

“If we play it safe (at the end) then they probably don’t hit 43, but who likes it safe!,” said Wolf coach David King.

“We still have a ways to go,” he added. “Just need to bring our fourth quarter effort for the whole game. We need to bring aggressive effort and compete on every possession.”

Having seen a bit of Bellingham from a distance during Coupeville’s visit to the Sedro-Woolley Jamboree, King knew the Red Raiders would come out aggressively, and they lived up to his expectations.

“Going in I knew it would be a battle,” he said. “They reminded me of my teams the past three to four years. Hustle, defensive pressure and a never-quit attitude.

“Their shooting is better than ours at this point, so coming into the game we had to play our normal hard-nosed defense along with playing through the extra pressure on our offense.”

It didn’t happen, at least in the first and third quarters.

“We played flat and on many possessions out of position on defense,” King said. “When we closed out on outside shooters, we stood up and got too close. This led to dribble drives and kick-out passes for open shots.”

Coupeville wan’t much better on offense in the early going, taking “some wild shots” and “not settling down until midway through the second quarter.”

A lot of that is likely first-game jitters, especially for a team with a roster in transition.

“It was good to get an actual game played and against a team that plays like us,” King said. “We had some positive moments and there are things we need to get back into the gym to work on.”

With Elfrank getting eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, and the Wolf defense coming alive, Coupeville ended the game on a positive note.

“Something clicked and we got more aggressive on defense, and that sparked our offense,” King said.

Kalia Littlejohn ran the point for the Wolves, and earned praise for “doing a really good job looking to distribute, then looking for her own shot when needed.”

The speedy junior finished with six points, while Kyla Briscoe popped for five, Lindsey Roberts knocked down three and Scout Smith netted three in her varsity debut.

The sophomore tickled the twines on a trey, narrowly beating the shot clock as it wound down.

Roberts had five rebounds and two blocks, while Smith, Briscoe and Littlejohn chipped in with three boards apiece.

Allison Wenzel and Sarah Wright, who “did a very good job in the post, making it hard for their players,” rounded out the board-cleaning business, each collecting a carom.

Briscoe had the defensive play of the night, with “a great save from under their basket which turned into a fast-break layup for us.”

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   Wolf freshman Chelsea Prescott knocked down 12 points Monday in her first high school basketball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Bench? Amy King don’t need no stinkin’ bench.

Opening a new season Monday in Bellingham, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad had only six of its 11 players in uniform.

Then the Wolves lost fab frosh Genna Wright to a painful leg injury in the third quarter, leaving their coach with no more ability to sub players.

So, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that the CHS young guns fell 41-22 to their large-school 2A rivals in a non-conference tilt.

With tired players and a Red Raiders squad which featured twin towers — the sight of players standing six-foot-one and 5-10 in a girls JV game is, shall we say, super-rare — Coupeville absorbed a few lessons.

One of those is to be wary of rival JV coaches up by 20 in the fourth quarter on opening night who are still screaming at their defenders to double on the ball-handler.

But playing against a coronary waiting to happen or not, the Wolves impressed their own coach with their refusal to back down.

“We didn’t have it easy; we worked for everything we got,” King said. “The girls did great. I was very happy with the effort they gave and the way they played.

“Now we just need to get a few more healthy bodies before the next game.”

Despite not having any players who physically matched up to Bellingham’s 6-1 banger, the Wolves shut her completely down, limiting her to a single bucket in the second half.

Four of the six Wolves took her at one point or another on defense, with Nicole Lester, Chelsea Prescott, Kylie Chernikoff and Genna Wright all denying the Red Raider skyscraper.

Bellingham boasted a full bench, and took advantage of the disparity to run the Wolves ragged.

Coupeville fought back, though, with Prescott knocking down a team-high 12 points in her first high school hoops game.

When she wasn’t shooting, the fast-rising freshman set up her teammates, with one pass to Chernikoff a particular highlight.

Chelsea had a great drive to the basket,” King said. “The defense came out to stop her and boom… a sweet bounce pass out to Kylie and a basketball player is born.

Kylie’s first basket in her first year playing.”

Chernikoff also had the defensive play of the night, “chasing a girl down the court, running her down, hand out, and making the block to stop a fast break lay up.”

“Our side of the gym erupted!,” King added.

Freshman spark-plug Mollie Bailey backed up Prescott with five points, while Wright dropped in three and Chernikoff added a bucket to round out the scoring.

Lester and Tia Wurzrainer were stellar on defense, helping to disrupt Bellingham’s game plan.

TiaNicole and Chelsea all had steals,” King said. “Which is so great to see, the anticipation and focus they have.”

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Mia Littlejohn: Soccer Sensation. (John Fisken photos)

Mia Littlejohn: Soccer Sensation. (John Fisken photos)

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Littlejohn practices her karate mid-match.

The season never stops.

Coupeville High School junior Mia Littlejohn plays soccer nearly year-round, finding time to weave basketball into the picture as well.

All that time and effort continues to pay off, as she has been invited to play for yet another high-level team.

This time around it’s the Bellingham Ranger 98/99 premier team, which is headed off to California for a three-day tourney next weekend.

The Rangers will vie in The Rage College Showcase in Pleasanton June 22-24.

A prime opportunity for Littlejohn and teammates to be scouted by college coaches, the tourney will consist of four games in three days.

Bellingham opens against a team from Utah June 22, then plays two games against California squads the next day.

The Rangers wrap things with a final game against a team from California June 24.

Along with the college showcase Littlejohn will play in two tourneys in early August with her normal premier team.

Playing alongside sister Kalia, Mia is scheduled to take part in The Rush Cup and the Phillips 66 Rimland Challenge.

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