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Ben Smith hauls in a pass during a practice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Smith rumbles for yardage during a game at Kittitas last season.

Smith and departing senior Sean Toomey-Stout embrace after Coupeville’s final game. The Wolves finished 5-4, the program’s first winning record since 2005. (Deb Smith photo)

With Washington state schools closed down for at least six weeks due to the spread of coronavirus, we’re offering all Coupeville students a chance to be heard and stay connected.

Ben Smith is currently a junior at CHS.

With any school, football is probably the most exciting sport for anyone to go to or watch despite the team’s level of performance, but for the past few years that hasn’t been the case with our school.

Everyone has been doubting, and looking down on our program like we’re floating half-dead in the water.

Clearly getting a winning season wasn’t enough for everyone to open their eyes and see what our program has turned into.

I’m tired of all these fools who wanna try saying our team is this and that and we’re “garbage” when all these people could be on that field playing, but they’re not.

So all these people sitting back being talkers are the ones who have no remorse for team or community and only care about trophies and don’t look at the little things.

Over 50% of our team last season was made of FRESHMEN and we still came out positive on the season and some of those freshmen even started.

When do you ever see that many freshman starting on a varsity team?

People don’t see the talent in all these younger guys coming up; most choose not to have faith in them and worry about the big age group.

As little or big as they can be, I will always have faith and protect the guy next to me.

This year you WILL see Coupeville Football in the postseason. There’s NO way around it.

I’m doing my job like everyone else should be as well, being in that weight room, staying on top of my stuff; I’m even going to three camps before damn spring ball.

By my own freshman year, I lost a lot of love for football and before that I was a little boy loving the game so much and I was about to just give it up.

When Coach Marcus (Carr), and all these guys came around, we were doing something really no other coach has ever constantly been on you for, weight room, grades, camp, food, everything a football player should be taking care of.

This didn’t get serious until coach KB (Kwamane Bowens) started talking to me about college.

I have never wanted to ever go to college, even just to go play football.

With how far I was getting with these guys, I realized it’s much more than the effort you put in, it’s the guys around you who are meant to be there for you, who show you moral support, who are your mentors.

Without any of that, you’re all in this on your own.

I wanna finish my senior year with a statement, 30 years without a conference championship … that’s gonna change and people can laugh at me as much as they want or say it’s the same thing we say every year.

I’m setting my foot down and putting this out for the whole world to hear.

Not for one second I doubt any of my team.

If I gotta brawl for any of these guys, you know I’ll do anything to protect them from having their season ruined like mine was.

We need them stands PACKED every Friday night, people are gonna remember this and when it happens, they’re gonna keep coming to our games after this year is done.

It’s all cause of our coaches, our commitment of our players who before school was shut down came in every day at 6:30 AM to lift weights every other day, after school, running routes in the gym.

These are the guys who are gonna make a change to the program.

If you one of these guys doubting our program and you ain’t even on that field. Stop it right now!

You wouldn’t have an ounce of care to step on that field and do what not a lot of people would wanna do and put their bodies on the line.

Your opinion is irrelevant, as well as last season, a winning season ain’t gonna be enough to keep the hype alive, so a conference championship it is.

The only opinions that matter are the people who continue to believe in us.

People are gonna remember the times they doubted us, what I said and they’re gonna try and act like they’ve been with us this whole time.

They’re nothing but sleepers who been sleeping on us.

We will be conference champions this year.

NO WAY AROUND IT.

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Coupeville High School football coach Marcus Carr heads into his second season at the helm of the program. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Marcus Carr is going national.

The Coupeville High School football coach recently landed on Twitter, and he’s been quick to promote the Wolf gridiron program.

High School Football America, a national web site, offered a chance for five coaches from across the USA to earn a podcast appearance with gridiron guru Jeff Fisher.

Fingers flying, Carr was one of the winners of the contest, and his show hit the internet today.

He follows in the footsteps of coaches from Florida, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, joining Prairie (Vancouver) coach Mike Peck to give Washington state a sweet 40% market share of the podcasts.

To listen to Carr hype Wolf players like Sean Toomey-Stout, Ben Smith, and Gavin Knoblich, as well as discuss his coaching journey, deer on the field, and more, pop over to:

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/high-school-football-america/e/63259840?autoplay=true

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Sean Toomey-Stout pulls in a pass Thursday as Coupeville High School football hosts Concrete in a spring scrimmage. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Carolyn Lhamon (left) and Melanie Navarro swing by to support their classmates.

Gabe Shaw (65) holds off the pass rush.

Sun’s out, guns out for Wolf mom Deb Smith.

CHS quarterback Dawson Houston limbers up his throwin’ arm.

Miles Davidson enjoys a refreshing drink on the sidelines.

Wolf head coach Marcus Carr likes what he sees.

Small in numbers, strong in heart.

G3 on the move. Gavin Straub takes the hand-off from Houston and gets ready to rumble.

Two sets of uniforms on the field is always better than one.

As Coupeville High School football plows through spring practices, the chance to scrimmage with other teams mixes things up a bit.

After playing at Mount Vernon earlier, the Wolves welcomed Concrete to Whidbey Thursday for a final inter-squad fling.

Along for the ride was photographer John Fisken, who snapped the pics seen above.

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Coupeville QB Dawson Houston, who will be a senior this fall, returns to lead a football team which is transitioning to an independent schedule for a season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s a positive buzz in the air.

Coupeville High School’s football coaching staff met with players and parents Wednesday, acknowledging challenges which face the Wolf gridiron program, while focusing on the positives.

With gear being issued Thursday, and spring practice kicking off the next day, 40-50 people were in the stands in the CHS gym as head coach Marcus Carr kicked off his second season at the helm of the program.

“I’m looking forward to getting started!” he said.

Carr is currently hoping for somewhere in the range of 22-25 players, which would be very solid given 10 of the 22 players on last fall’s season-ending roster graduate next week.

The roster should be headlined by next year’s seniors, key contributors such as Sean Toomey-Stout, Andrew Martin, Dawson Houston, and Gavin Knoblich.

Younger players such as Gabe Shaw and Brian Casey have added muscle, while former CMS star Dakota Eck, who returned to town this spring after starting high school elsewhere, was one of several potential new players in the audience.

Coupeville, which started 3-1 last season before injuries steadily chipped away at the team’s depth during an 0-5 league campaign, is switching up the plan this season.

With the school expected to drop to 2B when new classification counts go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith was granted permission for the football program to go independent this fall.

All other Wolf sports teams remain in the 1A North Sound Conference next school year.

Football, however, will play a schedule made up of schools, ranging from 2B-3A, which are in the same boat as Coupeville’s gridiron squad, which has been small in numbers, and undersized in the trenches.

South Whidbey (and the battle for The Bucket) remains on the schedule, as does Port Townsend, La Conner, Friday Harbor, and Vashon Island.

But Kittitas, Northwest Christian, Interlake, and Anacortes will be new to Wolf fans.

“Most of the teams in our league had lines which averaged 230-245 pounds a guy, and our size just doesn’t match up right now,” Carr told his audience.

“We were looking for smaller schools, schools new to football (like Northwest Christian), or schools closer to us in numbers,” he added. “This will give us a chance to be competitive, get our system in place and help our players prepare for the (likely) move to 2B.”

CHS coaches are putting a major emphasis on player safety, and hope to lessen injuries, keeping players on the field all season and able to compete at a top level.

The school purchased Guardian Caps, soft shell covers which slip over the player’s helmets, and provide another layer of safety during practices.

According to reviews, the caps “reduce the overall buildup of small blows that occur over the course of a season by allowing greater energy dissipation at the point of contact with a pliable material.”

The Wolves will also have “less live tackling” in practice, while teaching proper techniques and utilizing The Tackle Wheel in place of always crashing into live bodies.

“I know some of you are going to try and jump through it while it’s moving,” Carr said of the device, which resembles a giant doughnut.

“And if you do that, you’re gonna feel pretty good about yourself. We’ll see if any of you are that talented…”

The team has also added Iron Neck devices, used to stabilize the neck and help strengthen muscles during workouts.

“You work on your neck muscles, it helps with everything,” Carr said.

The Wolf football coach wants to be able to turn to the sideline and see more than one or two reserves by midway through the season.

“We want to reduce in-practice injuries and have our guys be ready for the season,” Carr said. “We want to make sure we’re being safe and keeping everyone healthy.”

Along with safety, keeping players focused on putting in time in the weight room, which has been key to every successful football program since players wore leather helmets, is a major goal.

“Our summer weight program is very important,” Carr said. “Other teams are in there on a regular basis, and we should be, too, if we want to compete with them.

“We need to make every minute in there count.”

While laying out the day-to-day program for the season-to-come, Carr also took side detours to show off the team’s glossy new helmet stickers and have son/assistant coach Bobby detail a community service project for the Wolves.

The younger Carr is a professional painter, and is arranging for the CHS players to join him in painting the building used by the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club.

Along with the Carrs, returning CHS coaches include Bennett Richter, Tyson Boon, and Gabe Shaw, Sr.

Nathan Bellamy’s schedule won’t allow him to coach this fall, and Kwamane Bowens has moved out of state to pursue his musical career, but Brett Casey is moving up from the middle school to join the CHS coaching staff.

He became available when Smith shut down the CMS football program, citing a severe lack of players.

The middle school had to cancel half of its six-game schedule last fall.

Coupeville’s stated plan is to replace tackle football with flag football before high school, but little is known about the new proposal, which would reportedly include athletes in grades 3-8.

Smith was at a different meeting Wednesday, so issues such as whether the Boys and Girls Club will be involved, and whether the Wolves will play other schools, or just compete in-house, were tabled for another day.

Instead, the focus remained on the high school program (and the free pizza the players were eyeballing) and with Marcus Carr working the room like a pro, projecting a calm confidence, things seemed pretty good.

“We have to be in the weight room and dedicated to putting on muscle,” the CHS head coach told his audience. “And most of all, we need everyone putting in the effort in the classroom. That’s the big thing.

“We’ll go forward and tackle all our challenges, get bigger and better, get people in the right spots, and do our thing.

“We’ll be just fine.”

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If you’re a Coupeville High School football player or parent, head coach Marcus Carr wants to see you Wednesday night. (Photo by JohnsPotos.net)

Spring has just sprung, so it’s time to think about football.

With recent announcements concerning the Coupeville High School team moving to an independent schedule, and the CMS program being shut down and replaced with flag football, there may be plenty of questions lingering in the air.

CHS head coach Marcus Carr will speak to the people this week, and here’s a letter he sent out Monday:

I would like to invite the parents/players of the 2019 Wolves Football Team (grades 9-12) to a mandatory informational meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 PM.

The meeting will be held at Coupeville High School’s gym, in the health room.

This meeting will be held only once this year and it is very important that at least one parent of the athlete attend this meeting.

We will be covering practice requirements for spring/summer football activities, which impact student athlete participation starting on May 31.

We will also be covering everything you need to know about the upcoming season — parent involvement, events, practice schedules, summer camp, summer weight program, and changes that have been made to the football program.

Lastly, I will be covering how we are making Wolves football the safest it has ever been through our use of the Seahawks tackling techniques, Guardian Caps, and other equipment.

Even if you do not have a child in football or may be on the fence of allowing them to play, I encourage you to attend.

I look forward to seeing you!

Respectfully,

Marcus Carr
Head Football Coach

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