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Coupeville senior QB Dawson Houston scored a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion Friday against Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Marcus Carr sat on a bench in a darkening stadium Friday night, pondering the road ahead.

“We showed glimpses of really good play … and a lot of growing pains,” said the Coupeville High School football coach.

“We’re a young, young team with a lot of freshmen, but all those guys played hard all the way. I can’t even be mad when they’re doing it like that.”

The Wolf gridiron program is a work in progress, and the odds were stacked against them on opening night.

So, while the scoreboard read 49-16 at the end, with Coupeville coming out on the short end against visiting Port Townsend, the night was not a total loss.

The Wolves, who are taking a one-year hiatus from league action and are playing an independent schedule, started five freshmen in game one.

Four of those ninth graders – Kai Wong, Nick Armstrong, Kynel Hart, and Josh Upchurch – manned the line, while the fifth, the fearless Tim Ursu, a 105-pound fireball who fears no man, went toe-to-toe with Port Townsend’s bruising running back and popped his foe several times.

With Daylon Houston, Dominic Coffman, and Joven Light also seeing action, eight CHS freshman played their first varsity football game with just four days of school under their belt.

Overall, 10 of 25 players listed on the most current Wolf roster are high school newbies, with Scott Hilborn and Kevin Partida in street clothes Friday. Both are expected to be on the field soon.

While the independent schedule is meant to give the rebuilding CHS program a chance to play teams the Wolves should be competitive with, none of the games will be easy.

In the case of Port Townsend, the RedHawks have a fairly deep roster with 37 players on the roster, a dynamic senior quarterback in Noa Apker-Montoya, and a senior running back in Dylan Tracer who enjoys spending a lot of time ramming his way into the end zone.

The visitors didn’t play perfect ball Friday, far from it, but they were effective when they needed to be, and built a comfortable lead.

Despite a rash of penalties, including three separate times when a mangled play brought back a touchdown, the RedHawks scored early and often, blowing out to a 20-0 lead.

Coupeville had opened the game on offense, and looked to be in high gear as senior Sean Toomey-Stout snatched the kickoff and bolted 34 yards with the ball before being gang-tackled.

But even before the buzz could finish echoing through the stadium at Mickey Clark Field, things turned dire, as the Wolves fumbled the ball away on their first offensive snap.

Port Townsend made Coupeville pay, and it took only a few seconds.

Tracer roared through the heart of the defense, busted a would-be tackle or two and was off on a 41-yard jaunt to the end zone, the first of four times he would wind up there on the night.

While the Redhawks missed the extra point kick, their defense bottled Coupeville up in the early going, then tacked on two more scores thanks to Apker-Montoya.

The boyfriend of CHS volleyball star Hannah Davidson twirled in on a 15-yard scoring run of his own midway through the first quarter, then connected with Tanner Woodley on a 24-yard touchdown pass to open the second quarter.

Trailing by three scores, the Wolves needed a spark, and they got one from the most exciting gridiron giant on Whidbey Island, one Mr. Toomey-Stout.

While Port Townsend kicked away from him most of the game, they did go right at “The Torpedo” after their third touchdown, and he almost took the ball to the house.

Apker-Montoya, who doubles as the RedHawk kicker, caught him at the very end of a run which Coupeville PA announcer Willie Smith tallied up as “62 or 63 yards, or maybe 62 and a loooooong half-yard.”

Toomey-Stout’s torrid run put the RedHawk defense back on its heels and that opened things up for Andrew Martin, who promptly crashed in for Coupeville’s first score of the season.

The senior slammer, who played through bloody fingers, bouncing off Port Townsend players and often knocking them back several yards at the point of contact, swept in from 16 yards out.

Despite being bloodied, Wolf running back Andrew Martin had a stellar night on both sides of the ball. (Jonathan Martin photo)

Martin, who busted off runs of 23, 16, 13, and 13, unofficially collected 94 yards on the ground Friday, though a video review may likely push him up over 100.

Wolf quarterback Dawson Houston tacked on a two-point conversion run after Martin’s score, then came back to score his own rushing TD right before the end of the first half.

Several power runs by Martin, including one in which he lowered his shoulder and drilled a RedHawk defender up into the third row of seats, drove Coupeville down the field.

Then, Houston laid a beautiful pass into the far left corner, dropping the ball right onto Gavin Knoblich’s fingertips for 24 yards, and got seven more on a little flicker to Toomey-Stout, before running in for the score.

This time around, Martin picked up the conversion, pulling Coupeville within 27-16 at the half.

Martin ripped off four runs of 13 or more yards, scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion and racked up a ton of tackles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Still in the game at that point, the Wolves would get no closer, as their battle-tested rivals closed with great efficiency.

Port Townsend chewed up the clock in the second half, tacking on two more scores from Tracer and a safety when the Wolves sent a bad snap into the back of the end zone.

Upholding their reputation with being “that team,” and maybe still smarting from a 10-point loss to Coupeville last season, the RedHawks declined to go into victory formation up 42-16 with the clock running down.

Instead, they chose to cover the Vegas spread by letting Jerome Reaux, Jr. (very much not a bench-warmer) sprint in for a touchdown from 11 yards out with a mere 14 ticks on the scoreboard.

Afterwards, upholding his own reputation as a guy who doesn’t complain about or seem to dwell too much on petty irritants, Carr kept his focus strictly on what matters — his own team.

Four of the next five games are on the road, with long trips to Vashon Island, Friday Harbor, Kittitas, and Tenino.

Between now and Oct. 18, the Wolves play only once at home, when they face La Conner Sept. 27.

Which actually kind of makes Carr happy.

“We were a good road team last year; this will be good for us,” he said.

As his young players continue to grow, he’ll look to a handful of veterans, such as Toomey-Stout, Houston, and Martin, to lead the way.

“Our running game looked good; Andy played really well offensively,” Carr said. “We still need to work some on our passing game, but we’ll get there.

“Helps a lot to have a guy like Sean. Couldn’t ask for a better leader.”

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Wolf libero Emma Mathusek got a rare chance to shine at the service stripe Thursday during Coupeville’s three-set rout of Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every woman on deck.

Bouncing back from its first loss of the season with a vengeance, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad thrashed visiting Port Townsend Thursday in a match in which all 11 players saw major floor time.

Two days after falling on the road to King’s, the defending 1A state champs, the Wolves returned home and sailed to a 25-13, 25-14, 25-14 non-league win, kicking their season record to a sweet 6-1.

They get a few days off now before traveling to Sultan Tuesday, Oct. 9 to face a Turks squad which is mired in last-place in the North Sound Conference at 0-4.

That match will mark the halfway point in league play for Coupeville (3-1), which has sole possession of second-place in the six-team conference.

Thursday’s match offered the Wolves a chance to rekindle a rivalry with one of their former mates in the Olympic League, though CHS was not in a charitable mood.

In control from the first serve of the night until the final play, a dazzling hook shot winner thrown down by a suddenly sky-high Scout Smith, Coupeville had plenty of opportunity to experiment, tweak things, and, most importantly, get back that winning feeling.

Even better, they did it while getting swing players Lucy Sandahl, Zoe Trujillo, Maddie Vondrak and Raven Vick their most extensive varsity playing time of the season, and all four came through with big plays.

“I’m excited to see how we adapted with different lineups,” said CHS coach Cory Whitmore. “Everyone on the team has been working really hard in practice, and it was good to get everyone in, and give them an opportunity to show what they can do in live play.”

Coupeville came out firing on all cylinders, with big hitters Emma Smith and Maya Toomey-Stout torching the RedHawks early with ferocious spikes.

With their foes a bit on their heels, the Wolves took advantage, riding a hot streak at the service line from Ashley Menges, who reeled off seven straight points, to blow the lead out to 15-3.

Whitmore mixed things up almost immediately, having three of his swing players serve in the opening set, with a Vick bomb setting up a weak return which Chelsea Prescott promptly whacked into the far corner for a winner.

The second set was more of the same, with Emma Smith dropping a blistering spike for a winner, in between two plays on which she used her height and leaping ability to soar above the net and flick tips in between defenders.

Scout Smith and Menges ran off six points apiece on serve, while Hannah Davidson came bounding out of nowhere on one play to snare the ball with her fingertips and spin it between a pair of RedHawks who both swung and whiffed.

The final frame offered Trujillo and Emma Mathusek a chance to shine at the service line.

Trujillo ripped off four straight serves on which the RedHawks managed to touch (not return) just one, then Mathusek, the hardest-working libero in the biz, got a bit of sweet reward for all her digs and floor burns.

Given the ball and free reign at the line for the first time this season, Mathusek fired off a truly nasty ace which ripped a hole in the court, then her second serve set up Trujillo for a tip winner which froze the defense.

While few of the Wolves spent their usual amount of time on the floor, Toomey-Stout nailed a match-high 12 kills and collected five digs.

Scout Smith, showing off her rapidly-expanding repertoire of sets (including a fair amount of set-ups created while bounding skyward), collected 16 assists to go with five service aces.

Menges (seven aces), Mathusek (six digs), Prescott (four digs), Emma Smith (three kills) and Trujillo (three aces) all chipped in to crafting an extremely-balanced stat sheet.

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Freshman Izzy Wells reeled off 16 straight points on her serve Thursday as the Wolf JV volleyball squad crushed Port Townsend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Torched. Burnt to a crisp. Annihilated.

Choose any of the above, because they all apply to the Port Townsend High School JV volleyball team after the whuppin’ applied Thursday by Coupeville.

Using 13 different players, and getting big performances from all of them, the Wolves cruised in with a 25-6, 25-11, 25-5 win in front of their home fans.

The non-league victory snaps a three-game losing skid for the CHS young guns — two of those losses came in three-set nail-biters — and lifts them to 3-4 on the season.

In a match where pretty much everything went right for the Wolves, the spiker with the hottest hand was Izzy Wells.

Making her second trip of the night to the service line, the freshman turned a 2-1 third-set deficit into a 17-2 advantage, running off 16 straight points, with few of her serves even put back into play.

Wells ripped an ace off of a Port Townsend player’s chest, then promptly mixed things up by dropping her next serve right at the feet of the same gobsmacked RedHawk.

That second serve skipped merrily away for another ace, while fellow frosh Kylie Van Velkinburgh buried a winner from mid-court on one of the relatively few times PT got the ball back over the net during the streak.

By the time she was done, Wells had put together Coupeville’s longest run on serve since Lauren Rose rolled off 20 straight points in a varsity win over Chimacum in 2016.

In stark contrast to the note-perfect run of serves, Port Townsend’s defining moment of the night came when a RedHawk picked up a ball after a play, whirled to throw it back to Coupeville’s side of the net and instead buried it right into the stomach of a wide-eyed teammate.

It was that kind of night for the visitors, as the Wolves pounced early, stayed hot and coasted home, while mixing and matching players as fast as coach Chris Smith could sub them in and out.

In the early stages, it was all about Coupeville’s power, as Zoe Trujillo, Maddie Vondrak and the rampaging Vick sisters, Willow and Raven, crushed the ball anytime it was in the air.

Port Townsend failed to score a single point on its serve in the opening set, while Wolves Lucy Sandahl, Jaimee Masters and Co. peppered the RedHawks with superb serves when they were towing the line.

Willow Vick, in a stirring set-up to Wells later exploits, put together a seven-point run on her serve which featured a bit of everything.

She tore apart the defense with one ace that scorched the middle of the court, then artfully slipped another winner barely over the net.

It was a low, dangerous hummer which caught the top of the net and flopped over, hitting Port Townsend’s side of the floor before promptly dying.

Her twin sister chipped in, with Raven hammering a spike which ended a brief rally on one of Willow’s serves.

The response from one frustrated (and now highly-nervous) RedHawk?

A low, strained whimper of “OH … MY … GOD!!!”

Moments later, Trujillo went airborne and lashed a laser shot which cracked off a Port Townsend player’s arm, sending her staggering off in search of somewhere, anywhere to hide.

She never found that safe haven.

The second set was more of the same, just with a handful of Coupeville errors scattered among the big plays.

Vondrak, dancing above the net, used the very end of her fingertips to twice stuff RedHawk shots, while the Wolves dominated on serve yet again.

Masters scorched aces, Raven Vick zinged aces, Trujillo fired aces and Vondrak mashed aces in the middle set. Sense a trend, do you?

While Wells one-woman ballet of death and destruction grabbed the biggest chunk of the spotlight in the final frame, Noelle Daigneault also dropped in a gorgeous ace and Masters closed the night firing BB’s at the line.

Along the way, Abby Meyers, Ivy Leedy, Abby Mulholland and Eryn Wood all saw quality floor time, with Mulholland skying high to slam home an especially impressive spike.

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Anna Dion punched home her first goal of the season Thursday, as Coupeville soccer romped to a 5-0 win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lindsey Roberts also found the back of the net against Port Townsend, scoring for the 17th time in her stellar career.

Let the goals flow.

With sophomore sensation Genna Wright banging home a hat trick Thursday night, the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad turned its offense back on in a big way, snapping two dry spells at once.

Romping to a 5-0 non-conference win over visiting Port Townsend, the Wolves ended a six-game losing streak which stretched back three weeks.

It also signaled a major turn for the positive for a pitch squad which has been putting up strong shots, only to watch them narrowly miss time after time.

CHS had tallied just two goals during its losing skid, suffering four shut-outs during that run.

That changed Thursday, as the Wolves lifted their season mark to 2-8-1.

Wright tossed in three goals, giving her a team-high five for the season.

With 15 scores in less than two full seasons of play, the Wolf ace is almost halfway to Mia Littlejohn’s program record of 35 goals.

Thursday, she was joined by junior forward Anna Dion, who scored her first goal of the season, and senior midfielder Lindsey Roberts, who notched her fourth tally of 2018.

Roberts has 17 goals for her career, keeping her slightly ahead of the fast-charging Wright on the Wolf career scoring chart.

Coupeville has a prime opportunity to keep the offense flowing, and possibly start its first winning streak of the season.

After a couple days off, the Wolves head to the wilds of Sultan Tuesday, Oct. 9 to face a Turks team it throttled 6-0 the first time around.

That clash kicks off the final stretch of the regular season for CHS, which then plays Cedar Park Christian and South Whidbey at home, before closing league play on the road at Granite Falls Oct. 17.

Postseason brackets are expected to be revealed in the next day or two, but it seems likely five of the six North Sound Conference teams will advance to the modified double-elimination playoffs.

At 1-5 in league play, Coupeville currently sits in fifth-place, a game up on Sultan (0-6) and two back of Cedar Park Christian (3-3).

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The Salish, seen here in happier days, grounded itself Sunday, throwing a wrench into the Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry run. (Sarah Kirkconnell photo)

Willie Smith looks like even more of a genius.

The Coupeville High School Athletic Director made the call on bouncing from the Olympic League before this school year, ending a four-year run, and sending CHS to the new North Sound Conference.

One of the many benefits of the decision was reducing the number of times Wolf sports teams had to rely on the notoriously unpredictable Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend ferry run.

After the Salish bit it Sunday, running aground and messing up its rudder, memories of earlier mishaps, when the entire run was put on hold for six months, surfaced.

The news got slightly better later in the day, as the Port Townsend Leader reported the Salish was freed from its grounding and a tug boat was on the way to tow the ferry away.

That will allow the Kennewick to slip in and give Washington State ferries at least one boat on a route which normally runs two.

Though there is still intrigue, as the Salish will have to be declared structurally safe to tow. Otherwise it sits in place and the ferry run is DOA for awhile.

But how does this affect Coupeville sports, is what you really want to know.

If the Wolves were still in the Olympic League, with frequent trips to Port Townsend ahead, there would be much gnashing of teeth.

Instead there is some slight angina.

CHS already played a non-league football game against Port Townsend, but the Wolves still have two non-league games against both Chimacum and the RedHawks scheduled this fall.

The first two arrive next Saturday, Sept. 15, when Coupeville is supposed to send boys tennis and girls soccer to play in Chimacum.

The other date in question is Oct. 4, when Port Townsend is scheduled to pop over to Whidbey for volleyball and soccer matches.

Any decision on Saturday’s events, since it’s CHS traveling, falls to Smith.

But, since the games are non-league, he’s not fretting too badly at the moment.

“If they are out of service, we will cancel,” he said. “But they are on a one-boat service now, so I will look at the schedules and see what’s available.

“Good thing we’re not dependent on that ferry now!!”

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