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Ben Smith was one of five Coupeville High School football players to both score a touchdown and pick off a pass this season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sean Toomey-Stout led CHS with seven touchdowns.

So, this isn’t 100% complete.

Let’s just get that out of the way from the start.

But, that being said, it’s better than nothing.

The Coupeville High School football team rolled to a very-respectable 5-4 record this season — posting the first winning mark by a Wolf gridiron squad since 2005, if you didn’t hear that fact the first 100,000 times I mentioned it.

Here’s where I’d like to present a flawless accounting of stats for the whole year, but, for a lot of different reasons, I don’t have those numbers.

What I do have are the stats I was able to keep track of personally – some of the big ones like who scored, how they scored, and how often they scored.

Like I said, it’s better than nothing.

So here you go:


Passing TD’s:

Dawson Houston – 9


Receiving TD’s:

Sean Toomey-Stout – 5
Gavin Knoblich – 4


Rushing TD’s:

Andrew Martin – 5
Dawson Houston – 3
Sage Downes – 1
Dakota Eck – 1
Scott Hilborn – 1
Ben Smith – 1


Defensive TD’s:

Toomey-Stout – 1


Return TD’s:

Toomey-Stout – 1


Total TD’s:

Toomey-Stout – 7
Martin – 5
Knoblich – 4
Dawson Houston – 3
Downes – 1
Eck – 1
Hilborn – 1
Smith – 1



Daylon Houston – 9



Dawson Houston – 2
Martin – 2



Toomey-Stout – 42
Martin – 34
Knoblich – 24
Dawson Houston – 22
Daylon Houston – 9
Downes – 6
Eck – 6
Hilborn – 6
Smith – 6



Toomey-Stout – 4
Eck – 3
Hilborn – 2
Sage Downes – 1
Joven Light – 1
Smith – 1

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Scott Hilborn is one of 11 freshmen on a 24-man CHS football roster. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Seniors Dawson Houston (with ball) and Gavin Straub have grown into leaders for the Wolves.

It’s a year of transition.

The Coupeville High School football team faces several obstacles now, which could pay off big-time down the road.

Or, at least that’s the hope.

The Wolves, coming off a 3-6 record, play an independent schedule this fall, and will do so with a roster where freshmen account for 11 of 24 players.

As the CHS gridiron squad rebuilds under second-year coach Marcus Carr, school officials decided to pull the football program from the 1A North Sound Conference this year.

With Coupeville expected to drop down to 2B in the next classification counts, that gives the Wolves a chance to avoid powerhouses like King’s and Cedar Park Christian, while facing teams they better match up with.

The September schedule pits CHS against the same four teams it opened against last year — Port Townsend, Vashon Island, Friday Harbor, and La Conner.

The Wolves opened 2018 with a strong 3-1 showing against that lineup, then tailed off once conference play began.

This time around, Coupeville is also matched up against Kittitas, Northwest Christian (which is new to football), Anacortes (which killed its varsity program due to a lack of older players), and Interlake.

The lone North Sound Conference foe the Wolves retain is next-door neighbor South Whidbey, which keeps the annual clash for The Bucket alive.

Opting for an independent schedule was a path Coupeville’s arch-rivals took two years ago, and the Wolves are hoping for similar success.

Playing a mix of 2B and Canadian schools, South Whidbey surged to a 7-2 record in 2017, filled out its roster considerably, then claimed a playoff spot last season in the debut year for the North Sound Conference.

For Coupeville to make the playoffs as an independent team it has to go undefeated — something last accomplished by the Wolves in 1990.

But while making the postseason this fall is a long shot, the chance to grow the Wolf roster and build confidence among young players is huge.

“We want to improve our win/loss record,” Carr said. “We have 11 freshmen, so getting them game experience and confidence (is the goal).

“We also want to see better execution on the offensive side of the ball.”

The Wolves are transitioning to a spread offense, which means “timing between the QB’s and receivers is very important.”

Dawson Houston returns for his second season as Coupeville’s starting quarterback, and his primary targets will be fellow seniors Sean Toomey-Stout and Gavin Knoblich.

Toomey-Stout, listed as a wide receiver after playing running back previously, was a First-Team All-Conference player as a junior on offense, defense, and special teams.

One of the stars of a viral video in which a wayward deer became his lead blocker as he returned a punt for a touchdown, “The Torpedo” remains one of the most-explosive players to ever pull on a CHS uniform.

Knoblich, who gives Houston a tall target with sure hands, was a Second-Team All-Conference pick at tight end during his junior campaign.

Senior running back Andrew Martin, fond of bustin’ heads as he rumbles for yardage, and senior linebacker Gavin Straub, who had a strong performance at spring camp, are among other key players.

Also back in action are senior Gavin St Onge, junior Ben Smith, and sophomores Isaiah Bittner, Gabe Shaw, and Brian Casey.

Junior Dakota Eck, who played for Coupeville through middle school, returned to town last spring, and rejoins the Wolves.

New to the CHS gridiron program are senior Austin Galletta, sophomore Cole Hutchinson, and, in somewhat of a huge, yet very positive, surprise, the largest freshman class in recent memory.

Coupeville’s middle school football program shut down mid-way through last season, due to a lack of healthy players.

Now it’s been disbanded for good, and replaced with a boys soccer team which will make its debut this fall.

But, thanks to a combination of middle school players who hung on through the tough times, and others who are new to the school or football program, Coupeville is flooded with 9th graders.

And it’s a group which will likely get a lot of playing time right away.

Skills players Scott Hilborn (RB, S) and Daylon Houston (CB, WR, K), as well as lineman Josh Upchurch, Kai Wong, and Kynel Hart are already making names for themselves, while their fellow frosh are all looking to make a big splash of their own.

Dominic Coffman,Timothy Ursu, Joven Light, Kevin Partida, Nick Armstrong, and Cameron Epp round out the current roster.

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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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Gavin Knoblich grabs a little rest before heading to the practice field. (Photos by Deb Smith)

Gavin Straub (left) and Dawson Houston both had strong performances at a four-day football camp in Tenino.

“Put us in, coach!”

Brian Casey watches from the sidelines.

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Back to work they go.

Three days in, and still ready to rumble.

CHS head coach Marcus Carr (far right) dispenses wisdom.

Mission, accomplished.

The Coupeville High School football squad returned to the Island Sunday, after a very-successful appearance at the four-day, 10-team T90 Camp in Tenino.

Touchdown passes were tossed, fumbles were recovered, and lessons were learned under the day-time sun and night-time lights.

Fall practice begins a month from today on Aug. 21, with the season-opener against Port Townsend set for Sept. 6 in Coupeville.

Until then, some photos from camp to tide you over.


And a quick slice of Touchdown Time:

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Andrew Martin (left) and Ben Smith join CHS coach Gabe Shaw, Sr. in catching a few rays at a football camp in Tenino. (Photo courtesy Shaw)

The Wolves set up in their home away from home. (Alia Houston photos)

Up and at them early, Wolf players prepare to head to the field.

Senior QB Dawson Houston (left) catches a ride to Tenino with some of his younger teammates.

A different week, a different camp.

Following in the footsteps of Coupeville High School basketball and volleyball teams, most of the Wolf football squad is currently in Tenino, taking part in the T90 Team Camp.

The event has drawn 10 teams, with R.A. Long, Shelton, Adna, Rainier, Concrete, Lindbergh, NW Christian, and Goldendale joining Coupeville and the tourney hosts.

The four-day camp features 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills and scrimmages, while also providing a team bonding experience.

Coupeville begins fall practice Aug. 21, with the season opener set for Friday, Sept. 6 at home against Port Townsend.

The Wolves gridiron program has stepped away from the North Sound Conference for a season, and will play a nine-game independent schedule this year.


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