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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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Former Wolf Cade Golden with dad Michael.

While Coupeville High School football players are hoping to play a delayed season this spring, two former Wolves just wrapped seasons in other states.

Gabe Shaw, whose family moved to Florida before this school year, was a junior lineman in the Sunshine state.

Meanwhile, Cade Golden, who suited up for Coupeville Middle School back in the day, wrapped up his prep run as a quarterback in Alabama.

Shaw, who was a crucial part of last fall’s CHS gridiron squad, which captured the program’s first winning record since 2005, now plays at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs.

The Blue Devils, who rep a 5A school, began the year 7-0 and finished 9-2, falling in their third playoff game.

Clay 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 last Friday.

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

During his time in Coupeville, Golden flung the ball around for CMS, often targeting Jake Mitten.

After a move back to his family’s stomping grounds, the QB played at several schools, finishing his run at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama.

A powerhouse in the state, the Warriors won back-to-back 7A state titles during Golden’s junior and senior seasons.

The second of those came courtesy of one of the most stunning comebacks in recent prep history, as seen in this ESPN clip.

Golden was the backup to Thompson QB Conner Harrell, who threw for 3,400+ yards and 40 touchdowns this season, against just three interceptions.

The former Wolf completed five of six passes for 57 yards as a senior, tossing a TD against Sparkman.

While Golden might have preferred more playing time, the experience has been invaluable for his development.

“Thank you Thompson HS for an unforgettable last 2 years of HS Football,” the QB wrote on Twitter.

“I’ve learned so much that will help me in my next chapter of life. I truly appreciate and love my teammates and coaches.”

And don’t think Golden is being overlooked by talent scouts at the next level.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior (who also has a 4.0 GPA) has college offers from schools such as LaGrange College, Clarke University, Norwich University, and Sewanee: University of the South.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright is currently a sophomore softball player at Sewanee.

Golden also has Preferred Walk-On offers from at least two NCAA D-1 schools, Florida State and Tennessee.

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Gabe Shaw, seen last fall in Coupeville, now plays for an undefeated football team in Florida. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Shaw made the local paper, out in front on a run. (Photos courtesy Gabe Shaw, Sr.)

The former Wolf (wearing #72) takes out a would-be tackler.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide for anyone who gets in the way of #72.

Different state, same strong results.

Gabe Shaw spent the past two seasons wearing the red and black for Coupeville, where his play on both sides of the line last fall helped the Wolf football squad capture its first winning record since 2005.

A family move sent him across the country to Florida, however, and he’s attending school and playing ball in the deep South.

Now a junior at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Shaw is a vital part of an undefeated gridiron team.

The Blue Devils sit at a crisp 5-0 after thunking Mendendez High School 49-7 Friday night.

Clay has outscored its foes 220-68 so far this season.

Shaw, who is listed at tackle and defensive end, rocks #72 for the Blue Devils.

During his time in Coupeville, the younger Shaw also played basketball for the Wolves, while dad Gabe, Sr. was a popular assistant coach for the CHS football program.

Younger brother Ben was a taekwondo champ, and mom Rosmond kept the Shaw empire firing on all cylinders.

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During his two seasons as a CHS football player, Gabe Shaw, Jr. developed into a top player on both sides of the ball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

His dad, Wolf football coach Gabe, Sr., nabs a post-game pic with Sean and Maya Toomey-Stout. (Beth Stout photo)

Coupeville High School assistant football coach Gabe Shaw, Sr. is leaving Whidbey, as he and his family head to Florida.

Before Shaw, wife Rosmond, and sons Gabe, Jr., and Ben depart Cow Town, CHS junior Ben Smith had a few things he wanted to say.

Gabe. I gotta be real, when I first saw him in 7th grade playing, he looked like an endangered hippopotamus.

The amount of growth and maturity that this kid obtained over the years since he started playing this sport is amazing.

People really don’t see the good sides of football and they may see it as a dangerous sport.

But people like Gabe are a great example of what becoming a guy of character, integrity, and an upmost respectful kid you can be, made of doing these things with the bonding of the team and learning the game like he and everyone else did.

Gabe was always a hard worker, on and off the field.

One of the smartest kids I know.

The amount of effort he puts into anything when you speak about anyone else on the team is hard to match it up evenly with a lot of us.

Everyone works hard, but he has a different work ethic like everyone else and he strived to become better every single chance he got.

I saw him once as a boulder with no dirt on his shoulder to becoming one of the most powerful and furious lineman Coupeville has had.

I’m serious; he literally grabbed ahold of me inside of a crowd of 22 kids and tossed me eight yards forward.

Seen him literally pull a car.

Gabe was a real good friend and one of the greatest teammates I’ve had the pleasure of playing with; its gonna be a real loss to the team losing him and I’m gonna miss him dearly and I know he’s gonna do great things in Florida.


Coach Shaw.

He’s one of the most intelligent human beings I know.

A lot of coaches can be there as a guy who teaches you football and tries to win you championships; he did more than that.

I learned a lot about myself and got a better view on life listening to him; and everything he ever spoke to me, whether it was about football or life, I really understood it.

Was always willing to kick my ass to make me a better player and always was accepting of anyone.

There was definitely times I wish he didn’t have the pleasure of attempting to run me into the ground.

Go to the gym and go lift with him and you’ll be begging to smack any kind of taste that old man has left on his tongue. WORST decision I ever made.

In all seriousness, he loved making people great and as much as he loved coaching, it made him happier to see people succeed from when they’re at their absolute lowest or struggling.

Always believed in me and anyone else and I’m gonna miss his great attitude and everything he did for us.

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Alex Turner and crew were out in force Thursday as CHS football put in practice time. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Freshman Gabe Shaw waits for a moment to impress the coaches.

Jake Pease (60) goes low, getting stretched out, while Chris Battaglia enjoys the nice day.

Ben Smith is like a coiled snake, ready to strike at any moment.

Wolf frosh Miles Davidson may be young, but this ain’t his first rodeo.

Junior QB Dawson Houston gets limbered up for some gun-slingin’.

We have photographic proof.

While the calendar says summer, the practice schedule says fall, with high school football launching a new season this week.

Wanderin’ photo god John Fisken, back from vacation just in the nick of time, arrived in Coupeville Thursday to document day #2 of the gridiron activity and the photos above are courtesy him.

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