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Former Coupeville High School quarterback Dawson Houston (right) is back on the football field. (Photo property Everett Royals)

The journey continues.

Two players with Coupeville connections are slated to join the Everett Royals semi-pro football team for the 2023 gridiron season.

Dawson Houston, a 2020 CHS grad who started two seasons at quarterback for the Wolves, will join former Wolf coach Kwamane Bowens, listed as a defensive back by his new team.

The Royals, who were founded in 2019, play in the Gridiron Developmental Football League.

The team is set to kick things off with a preseason game Apr. 8 in Spokane, while the regular season schedule is being tinkered with as you read this.

Home games are played at Everett Memorial Stadium, with reasonably priced tickets.

General admission for fans ages 14-54 is $7.00, while senior citizens (55+) are $5 and military with ID is $3.

Kids from 0-13 get in for free.

The GDFL gives players a chance to stay on the field, while also striving to set them up with jobs in local communities.

Houston, zinging passes to teammates like Sean Toomey-Stout and Andrew Martin, led CHS football to a 5-4 season in 2019, the program’s first winning record since 2005.

Closing out his prep gridiron career playing alongside younger brother Daylon, the elder Houston then flipped the script by joining the Wolf cheer squad.

That team advanced to nationals in Florida.

Former Wolf coach Kwamane Bowens (left), killin’ it in multiple fields. (Photo courtesy Bowens)

Bowens was a fast-rising star at Coupeville Middle School before a family move took him away from Whidbey. After playing NCAA D-I football, he returned to The Rock, however, coaching at CHS.

He was an assistant coach at Anacortes this past fall, helping guide a Seahawk team which went 9-2, falling 10-7 in a state quarterfinal nailbiter to eventual 2A runner-up North Kitsap.

When he’s not on the gridiron as a player or coach, Bowens works as a rapper, recording as Groovie Mane.

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The muscles? Sean Toomey-Stout got them by lifting books.

He’s a heavy hitter on the football field and in the classroom.

Coupeville grad Sean Toomey-Stout was one of 32 University of Washington football players named Thursday to the Pac-12’s 2022 Fall Academic Honor Roll.

It’s the second-straight year “The Torpedo” has been honored by the conference for his academic excellence.

To make the Pac-12 honor roll, an athlete needs a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or better and has to have attended the school for a minimum of a year.

Toomey-Stout, a two-time Athlete of the Year during his CHS days — back when he was vying for weight room superiority with siblings Cameron and Maya — played in six games for the Huskies this past fall, including appearing in the Alamo Bowl.

He collected seven tackles for a U-Dub team which finished 11-2 and became likely the first Coupeville athlete to appear on their own collectiable trading card.

When he’s not going sideline to sideline blowing up fellow NCAA D-1 athletes, Toomey-Stout is studying Construction Management and making moms Lisa Toomey and Beth Stout proud.

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Coupeville senior Dominic Coffman is ready to knock heads and take names. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“The Dominator” got his invite to the big dance.

Coupeville High School senior Dominic Coffman has been tabbed for an appearance in the Earl Barden Classic, the All-State football game for players from 2A, 1A, 2B, and 1B schools.

The game is set for Saturday, June 24 in Yakima.

Coffman, the Offensive MVP of the Northwest 2B/1B League this fall, was selected for the West team, which will be coached by Luke Abbott of Raymond/South Bend.

The only other player selected from this region was Adriaan Castro of 2A Anacortes.

Coffman, who was also a First-Team All-League pick on defense for his work at linebacker, scored a team-high 14 touchdowns during his senior season.

Picking up most of his yards as a rusher after first slamming into, and knocking over would-be tacklers, he helped the Wolves tie the program record for most TD’s on the ground (26), first set back in 2014.

“Mama said, knock you out.” (Brenn Sugatan photo)

Coupeville went 7-2, won its first league title since 1990, and advanced to the state playoffs for the first time in 32 years under first-year head coach Bennett Richter.

Coffman joins an exclusive club of Wolf players to get an invite to the All-State gridiron clash in the last two decades, joining Mike Bagby (2006), Josh Bayne (2015), and Ryan Labrador (2019).

Coffman and Kai Wong embrace after Coupeville’s first state playoff game since 1990. (Becky Terry photo)

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Brett Smedley, back in his Coupeville days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Former Coupeville High School football coach Brett Smedley has resigned from his gridiron position at his alma mater, Columbia River.

The husband of the school’s two-time state champion volleyball coach, Breanne Smedley, held the head job for four seasons after putting in three campaigns as defensive coordinator.

He led the Rapids to playoff berths in 2019 and 2021 but is stepping down now to focus on family.

Brett and Breeanne have two children, ages four and one.

Smedley, who graduated from Columbia River in 2003, plans to remain at the school as a PE teacher and assistant track coach.

During his four years in Coupeville, he coached middle school basketball in addition to working with the high school’s football program, first as an assistant to Tony Maggio, then as a head coach for one season.

Smedley was head coach in 2015, when Wolf quarterback Gabe Eck threw for a school single-game record of 403 yards in a win over Chimacum, a mark which still stands.

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Coupeville High School grad Sean Toomey-Stout, live from the heart of Texas. (Photos courtesy Beth Stout)

Celebrating a bowl win.

“The Torpedo” is a champ.

Coupeville grad Sean Toomey-Stout and his University of Washington football teammates capped their season Thursday with a win in the Alamo Bowl.

The Huskies, ranked #12 in the country, built a 27-10 lead over #20 Texas, before holding on for a 27-20 win.

With the victory, U-Dub finishes 11-2.

It’s the fifth time in program history the Dawgs have reached 11 wins in a season.

Kalen DeBoer becomes the first UW head coach to win a bowl game in his debut season, and the first to win more than eight games in their initial go-round.

Toomey-Stout, a sophomore safety, played in six games, including appearing in the Alamo Bowl, recording seven tackles.

Maya’s twin and Cameron’s “lil” bro also was featured on a trading card, as part of a set issued by the Huskies.

Beth Stout and Lisa Toomey’s son is believed to be the first Coupeville athlete to earn that honor.

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