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   Caleb Meyer, with his #1 cheerleader, big sis Mckenzie, sealed Coupeville’s 14-13 win Wednesday with a last-second fumble recovery. (Frank Meyer photo)

The new stadium’s not fully built yet, but it’s already been baptized with a thriller of a win.

Playing in the shadows of a work crew slowly assembling glitzy new grandstands, the Coupeville Middle School football squad pulled off a wild 14-13 victory Wednesday over visiting Blue Heron.

To seal the victory, though, the Wolves had to come up with two epic plays in the final minute of play.

First, after surrendering a late touchdown toss from its Port Townsend-based rivals, Coupeville had to snuff out a two-point conversion attempt.

Then, as soon as that was done, the Wolves, having lost the ball after a bad bounce on the ensuing onside kick, had to make a huge defensive stand.

Instead of hanging tough on play after nerve-wracking play, CMS crushed the Blue Heron line on the very next play from scrimmage, forcing a fumble which bounced nearly from one side of the field to the other.

As players from both sides slammed into the turf, trying desperately to corral a seemingly greased-up ball which popped free not once, not twice, but three times, time stood still.

Until Wolf 8th grader Caleb Meyer, last heir to the Videoville legacy, pulled the ball into his chest and held on for dear life as every other player on the field fell on top of him.

Emerging from the heap a bit mussed, but flashing a mega-watt grin and holding the ball high, he elicited a tidal wave of cheers from Coupeville’s sidelines, where coaches Gabe Shaw and Ryan King led the celebration.

Filling in for Wolf head coach Bob Martin while he was out of town on real-world business, Shaw brought home the W, then passed out praise.

Logan Martin and Logan Wertz were “the dynamic duo,” controlling the line and “doing their due diligence hunting the ball on defense.”

Quarterback Xavier Murdy, who ran the offense while also finding time to pick off a pass on defense, did “a phenomenal job. He kept his composure when things got tight.”

Then, sweeping his hand across the horizon, his fingers pointing at each and every one of his players, Shaw nodded emphatically, grin on his face.

“Really, really nice support work from the whole crew … all the players and this crowd!”

Coupeville never trailed, jumping on Blue Heron for the game’s first score early in the second quarter.

Damon Stadler ripped through the defense, leaving a trail of would-be tacklers in his wake, as he plunged in from the five-yard line. Tack on a two-point kick from Murdy and CMS was staked to an 8-0 lead.

Two huge defensive plays from Scott Hilborn, plus a fumble recovery by Martin and a big break-up of a pass by Nezi Keiper, made the score stand up heading into the halftime break.

Hilborn, a slick-hitting, slick-fielding baseball star, may not be the biggest guy on the gridiron, but he picks his moments to play like a giant.

On the first play on his Wednesday highlight reel, Wendi and Steve Hilborn’s youngest chased down a Blue Heron kickoff returner, preventing a touchdown when he rammed the runner out of bounds a step or two shy of the end zone.

Coupeville’s defense stiffened, shoving the visitors back, then Hilborn struck again.

Facing fourth down, Blue Heron’s QB tried to roll out and look for a pass, only to have his plans thwarted when Hilborn, flying around from the side, brought him down with a sack.

To make the tackle, he had to grab the passer’s shoe, then yank with enough force to topple him before he could let loose with a toss. Mission accomplished.

Blue Heron finally got on the board midway through the third, marching down the field on a four-minute-plus drive that ended with an 18-yard scoring run to daylight.

Coupeville didn’t break, though, blocking the kick to keep the score tight at 8-6.

Then things got bonkers in the fourth.

Hold on to something, cause things are about to come flying at you.

Lunging for the end zone after a sweet catch over the middle, Coupeville’s Hawthorne Wolfe got popped hard from behind and the ball was jarred loose. Advantage, Blue Heron.

But Murdy promptly climbed the stairway to heaven, picking a pass. Advantage, Coupeville.

Hilborn made a sensational recovery off of a fumble by a teammate to keep the ensuing drive alive, before the Wolves used some trickery (Cody Roberts pulled off a TimTebow-in-his-college-prime hop and pass, hitting Stadler for a TD) to stretch the lead.

Big advantage, Coupeville.

Except … the visitors blocked the kick, then drove down field for a potential game-tying score of their own. Advantage, Blue Heron.

But the final advantage belonged to the guys in the red and black uniforms, sending a surprisingly large crowd to the exit with smiles and hugs all around.

The Wolves broke through Blue Heron’s line, preventing them from getting a kick off.

While the visitors picked the ball up and ran it in, middle school rules, aimed at encouraging kicking, are the reverse of those used in high school, college or the NFL, awarding two points for a kick and just one for a run or pass.

Still trailing, Blue Heron went for a miracle, and got part of it with the onside kick.

Enter Meyer, playing the role of the closer on the same field where his uncle, Michael, once cleared running room for Coupeville’s career rushing leader, Ian Barron.

As he carried the ball, and the win, off the field, Caleb (whose aunts Jennifer, Kathryn and Megan and big sis Mckenzie all starred in a variety of sports for the Wolves, as well) wrote another tale in his family’s book of athletic success.

It’s a pretty good bet there are a lot more chapters still to come.

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“Wolves on three!” (Bob Martin photos)

The talented, but thin, roster for Coupeville Middle School football on day one.

They have talent, now they could just use a few more bodies.

The first official day of fall practice for Coupeville Middle School football revealed coach Bob Martin is looking at a short bench.

He had 14 Wolves on the field Wednesday, and would love to see some more of their classmates join them well before games start in two weeks.

For now, the roster:

Lucious Binnings
Isaiah Bittner
Brawn Gadberry
Jesus Garcia-Partida
Scott Hilborn
Logan Martin
Caleb Meyer
Xavier Murdy
Kevin Partida
Cody Roberts
Gabe Shaw
Damon Stadler
Logan Wertz
Hawthorne Wolfe

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Caleb Meyer hangs out post-game with big sis Mckenzie. (Sarah Meyer photo)

Caleb Meyer is the next big thing.

Literally, as the Coupeville 7th grader continues to shoot up in height on what seems like a daily basis.

The little curly-haired kid who bopped around Videoville when he was a toddler (store owners Frank and Miriam Meyer are his grandparents) is now a long and lanky star on the rise in two sports worlds.

On the basketball court, he was the #1 scorer for Randy King’s 7th grade CMS squad, torching Forks for a season-high 26 points in one early-season win.

Exchange the basketball for a mitt and bat, and Meyer has spent the spring playing for Central Whidbey’s Babe Ruth baseball squad.

And there may be a third sport in his near future, as he’s considering trying middle school track as an 8th grader.

That would land him in the same universe as big sister Mckenzie, a standout with the CHS track squad who would be a senior next year.

Regardless of what he chooses in the spring, Meyer is certain of one thing — he was born a gym rat and will remain one all his days.

“I will always stick with basketball throughout my life, because it is my favorite sport,” he said. “It takes a lot of awareness and focus and it is also very fast-paced.”

While the seasons and sports may change, Meyer loves being active and finds something positive in whatever activity he is involved in.

“I enjoy being an athlete because it keeps me fit,” he said. “And I also find it is a good way to spend my time.”

While his height is a big strength for basketball, a lot of his points came off of beating foes down-court on the break. Speed kills, and he has speed for days.

“I believe that one thing I am good at is running fast,” Meyer said. “But I would like to be able to run fast for longer.”

While he hasn’t hit high school yet, he does have his eye on the far-flung future, giving him a solid target to work towards.

“My goal for high school is to get drafted into Gonzaga University and to be one of the best players in the league,” Meyer said.

As he pursues his goals, Caleb knows he has a strong (and proudly vocal, thanks to his cheerleader sister) support group in the stands.

He appreciates them all, but gives a special shout-out to his mother, Sarah.

“My mom has had the biggest impact on me,” Meyer said. “Supporting me with all the practices and bringing me to games as well as being at games to support me.”

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Xavier Murdy

   Xavier Murdy scored eight points and was a relentless beast on the boards Thursday for the CMS 7th graders. (John Fisken photos)

Dakota Eck

Dakota Eck wanders in among the tall trees.

Daniel Olson

Daniel Olson can taste the three-balls droppin’.

Connor Barton

Connor Barton wheels and deals under the ever-watchful eye of the ref.

Caleb Meyer

Caleb Meyer prepares to seize the moment.

Alex Jimenez

One on four? No big deal for Alex Jimenez.

It’s more about surviving than thriving.

Whenever Coupeville Middle School faces off with Stevens, the Wolves find themselves in a deep hole from the start.

Their foe is a fairly ginormous institution which feeds 2A Port Angeles High School (which has a student body four times the size of Coupeville High School).

With a much larger base of students to draw from, Stevens has a decided advantage, and it generally shows on the scoreboard.

Thursday was no different, as Coupeville put up a strong fight in its home finale, but dropped both games.

The Wolf 7th graders stayed within single digits for much of the first half, put together a stellar third quarter, but still fell 63-40.

Meanwhile, across the hall, the CMS 8th graders suffered through a cold-shooting first quarter and never recovered, losing 65-33.

The losses drop the Wolves to 5-4 and 2-7 respectively headed into their final game of the season, a rescheduled road contest at Sequim next Thursday.

Coupeville’s 8th graders fell behind 16-2 after the opening eight minutes and spent the rest of the game playing catch-up.

Jake Mitten poured in 14 of his team-high 16 in the middle two quarters, while Sage Downes knocked down eight points.

Daniel Olson (5) and Dakota Eck (4) rounded out the scoring attack, while Ben Smith and Alex Jimenez also saw floor time.

The Wolf 7th graders got on the board first in their game, with Xavier Murdy pounding home a rebound, and they stayed close in the early going.

Murdy, who was relentless on the boards, knocked down seven points in the early going, capping it with a layup off of a crisp pass from Logan Martin, and CMS was within six at the break, 18-12.

Stevens ability to run in five fresh players at a time began to wear on Coupeville after that, though.

A 12-4 run to end the half sent the Wolves into the locker room trailing by 13, and they were never able to fully recover.

The closest Coupeville got after that was 10, after a gorgeous three-ball from the left side off of Cody Roberts fingertips late in the third quarter.

Stevens blunted the charge, however, taking advantage of crisp passes and quick cuts to ring up a series of buckets in the paint.

Two bright spots for CMS came in the late going, as Connor Barton and Aiden Burdge pulled off sweet moves that left Stevens gobsmacked.

Barton shot up the middle, peeled off three defenders and knocked down a bucket while being hammered, then added the ensuing free throw for three the hard way.

Burdge upped the difficulty factor, charging into the fray and banking a ball high off the glass after getting it off barely over his defender’s outstretched arms.

Coupeville got points from seven of the 12 players to see action, with Caleb Meyer (11), Barton (8) and Murdy (8) leading the way.

Roberts (5), Grady Rickner (4), Martin (2) and Burdge (2) also tallied points, while Hawthorne Wolfe, Logan Wertz, Jonathan Carroll, Gabe Shaw and Tony Garcia also hit the floor.

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Caleb Meyer (John Fisken photos)

   Caleb Meyer reaches for the heavens on his way to banging home two of his game-high 26 points Thursday night. (John Fisken photos)

Daniel Olson

   Standing tall at the charity stripe, Daniel Olson prepares to drain a crucial free throw.

Logan Martin

Logan Martin clears some rumbling room.

Jake Mitten

   Whose wrist is stronger? Jake Mitten and a Forks rival go up for the opening tip-off and it’s a 50-50 battle.

Aiden Burdge

Aiden Burdge gets artistic while rampaging through the paint.

The future is on display now.

Coupeville’s fast-rising middle school hoops stars — especially the electric, high-scoring 7th graders — are off to a strong start and local photographers are taking notice.

The pics above come to us courtesy John Fisken.

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