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Scott Hilborn scored four touchdowns Friday, all on plays of 48+ yards, as Coupeville demolished La Conner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

These are dark days in La Conner.

A football program which has been the pride of the Northwest 2B/1B League for decades is seemingly in shambles after being blasted in back-to-back weeks.

First Friday Harbor slammed the Braves 63-0, then Friday night it was Coupeville’s turn, as the Wolves defended their home turf with a blistering 51-0 triumph.

The convincing win, in which five different players scored a touchdown, lifts CHS to 1-0 in league play, 1-2 overall.

It also sets up a showdown next Friday, Oct. 1, when Coupeville travels to Friday Harbor to face a Wolverines team which is 1-0 in league, 2-2 overall.

CHS, chasing its first football league title since 1990, has a rematch with La Conner Oct. 15, and closes the regular season at home Oct. 28 against Friday Harbor.

Mixed in there is Homecoming Oct. 22, with non-league foe Cascade (Leavenworth) the featured foe.

Friday night’s one-sided showdown with La Conner featured a lot of penalties from both sides — Coupeville twice had touchdowns waved off thanks to flags — but it wasn’t enough to derail the Wolves.

CHS scored six touchdowns in its season opener, coming within one play of upending Klahowya.

Week two brought a matchup with next door neighbor South Whidbey which was tied until a fateful series of errors right before halftime.

After getting an unexpected bye week last Friday when a storm prevented them from making it to Port Townsend, a well-rested Coupeville squad finally put it all all together against La Conner.

There were stars everywhere, with sophomore quarterback Logan Downes passing for a touchdown, running for another, and picking off two passes while playing defense.

Or take a gander at Daylon Houston, who took a pick-six in for a touchdown and still found time to kick three PAT’s which sailed far into the inky blackness of the night.

Or youngsters like Mikey Robinett and Johnny Porter, making names for themselves, or grizzled veterans like Brian Casey, William Davidson, and Jonathan Valenzuela, delivering ear-ringing licks on defense.

William Davidson delivers big hits, and big life messages. (Submitted photo)

All worthy of praise, and all deserving to celebrate their win as some of their classmates sprinted by, waving flags and poppin’ bottles.

But on this night, on this patch of turf, one young man towered above them all.

Scott Hilborn is a successful baseball and football player, a guy, who like older brother Matt, is the kind of low-key, rock-solid dude every coach appreciates.

The younger of the brothers is a lot like mom Wendi, as both are hard workers who get the job done day in and day out, quietly going about their business without feeling a need to break their hand patting themselves on the back.

Friday night, Scott was about as good as any Wolf gridiron star has been on a given night since back in the days when Ian Barron made rival players soil their pants trying to tackle him.

Six times Hilborn plunged into the end zone, and four of them were upheld by the refs, with penalties by other Wolves erasing scores twice in a three-play span.

What should have been a pick-six became just a pick, then two plays later an 18-yard ramble to the end zone was also wiped out by an unwelcome flash of yellow.

If he was frustrated by the occasional confusion around him, Hilborn never showed it, remaining content to score four times — with each of those touchdowns covering about half the field.

He busted out a 48-yard run off a pitch in the first quarter, took a punt back 51 yards in the second frame, then tacked on two more scores in the third.

First Hilborn reeled in a pass from Downes before shredding multiple defenders while covering a solid 48 yards to the end zone.

Then he capped his night with a 50-yard scoring run in which he simply pivoted left, before imitating an 18-wheeler turning everything in its path into roadkill.

In between the Scott Show, Coupeville got a short touchdown run from Downes, stretching a 6-0 first quarter lead to 18-0 at the half, then 32-0 through three quarters.

After Wolf fans serenaded assistant coach Bennet Richter with an off-key, but enthusiastic rendition of “Happy Birthday,” Coupeville made sure La Conner felt the full sting.

Dominic Coffman, who handed out bruises all night long, crashed in for a 12-yard TD run, before Robinett’s power running pushed the ball right on top of the goal line.

Making his varsity debut along with twin brother Jack, freshman Johnny Porter covered the final two yards on the drive for a touchdown which caused dad Jeff to pop every last button on his shirt.

Johnny Porter acts like he’s been there before after scoring his first high school touchdown. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Houston delivered the final dagger, grabbing Coupeville’s fourth interception of the night — Robinett also recovered a fumble — and zipping in for a crowd-approved pick-six.

Even playing without leading rusher Tim Ursu, who is recovering from an injury, Coupeville dominated on the ground all night long.

Whether it was Hilborn, Coffman, Downes, Valenzuela, or the young guns, everyone in a Wolf uniform who took a handoff got the job done.

“We’re trying to be more explosive, and everyone ran hard tonight,” Coupeville coach Marcus Carr said.

Already counting the hours until next week’s clash with Friday Harbor, the Wolf gridiron guru had a determined gleam in his eye.

Or maybe that was whatever he was sprayed with by the celebrating CHS students.

“Friday Harbor runs the ball well,” Carr said. “We’ll need to be physical with them. We’re looking forward to it.”

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Isaiah Bittner is a bad man. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

New week, new opponent.

The high school football season rolls on, and Coupeville’s attention has already turned to East Jefferson, who the Wolves face this Friday in a game in Port Townsend.

But, while CHS game plans, we can take a moment to look back at the game just past, thanks to this collection of photos from John Fisken.

To see everything he shot at the Battle for The Bucket in Langley, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Football-2021/FB-2021-09-10-at-South-Whidbey/

 

Scott Hilborn rambles in for a touchdown.

It’s a pileup at midfield.

Jonathan Valenzuela is off to run wild.

Cameron Breaux, disguised as a ref.

Cole Hutchinson scrambles for precious yards.

Coupeville coach Marcus Carr keeps an eagle eye on his offense.

Hilborn won’t let Erik Haugen get away.

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Mikey Robinett had a huge blocked kick Friday, but Coupeville fell 33-7 to arch-rival South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

When things changed, they changed fast.

And not in a good way.

For nearly 21 minutes Friday, the Coupeville High School football team battled host South Whidbey to a 7-7 stalemate.

Then the Falcons erupted for 26 unanswered points in a little over two minutes — including scoring touchdowns on three consecutive plays — and possession of The Bucket was ceded to the guys in blue and white.

Winning the battle of next-door neighbors 33-7, South Whidbey improves to 2-0 on the young season, while sending Coupeville to an 0-2 start.

The victory is the third-straight in the series for the Falcons, after the Wolves won four of the previous six clashes.

In the Coupeville Sports era (2012-2021), South Whidbey leads 5-4, with no game played in 2020 due to Covid.

The Wolves last gridiron win over the Falcons came 1,471 days ago, way back on September 1, 2017.

Though, at least for a bit Friday, it looked like that might change.

Coupeville got on the board first, and did so impressively, burning seven-and-a-half minutes off the clock on the game’s opening drive.

After losing yardage on each of the game’s first three plays, the Wolves struck paydirt when quarterback Cole Hutchinson hit running back Tim Ursu with a pass over the middle.

Ursu, shedding would-be tacklers with each step, picked up most of the 26 yards CHS gained on the play after the catch.

That triggered the Wolf offense, which mixed in runs from Hutchinson, Jonathan Valenzuela, and Scott Hilborn to keep the chains moving.

Hilborn broke free coming around the left side, rumbling like a freight train moving downhill, and bolted in from 15 yards out to get the first points on the board.

Tack on a majestic PAT from Wolf kicker Daylon Houston, and Coupeville was up 7-0 at the 4:30 mark of the first quarter, with a well-rested defense yet to see the field.

While the visitors milked the clock, South Whidbey chose to strike fast on its own opening drive, however.

Holding on to the ball on a quarterback keeper, Falcon senior Ryan Morgan sliced through the CHS defense on his team’s third play, taking off on a 57-yard romp to the end zone.

Boom, and just like that, the battle for Island supremacy looked like it might go a lot like Coupeville’s season opener, when the Wolves combined with Klahowya to put up 81 points.

Except, both offenses stalled out for the next 12 minutes and change, and the game was still knotted at 7-7 late in the second quarter.

At which point everything which could go wrong for Coupeville did.

First, Morgan slipped a touchdown pass into a receiver’s arms with 3:11 left in the half, after having way too much time to scramble.

Then, after South Whidbey whiffed on the extra point, it made up for the miscue by recovering an onside kick to get the ball right back.

While Coupeville fans righteously screamed about a Falcon who was blatantly offsides on the play — which should have denied the turnover — South Whidbey marched 46 yards down the field.

Morgan’s second touchdown pass, launched at the 1:31 mark, punctured Coupeville’s dreams, then the next two plays thoroughly deflated any lingering hopes.

South Whidbey scored touchdowns on Coupeville’s next two offensive plays, courtesy a pick-six interception and a fumble recovery, and Wolf fans were left with little to cheer for except the possibility of rain to wash away the suddenly-ugly scene.

Trailing 33-7, after surrendering 26 points in two minutes and 13 seconds of on-field action, CHS was left to scrape together what highlights it could.

Wolf junior Dominic Coffman ripped a pass out of the air, collecting his third interception of the season on the final play of the first half.

Jump forward to the second half, and you could praise Logan Downes, who busted off a big run on a quarterback scramble.

As well as hail the duo of Mikey Robinett and Kevin Partida, who teamed up for a late defensive gem.

With South Whidbey punting, Robinett crashed hard and blocked the kick with his body.

The Falcons recovered the ball, but Partida, coming in like a heat-seeking missile, made the tackle to complete the beat-down and hand the ball back to the Wolves.

Coupeville hits the road again next week, traveling to Port Townsend Sept. 17 to face East Jefferson — the new Chimacum/Port Townsend hybrid — in another non-conference game.

The first of four Northwest 2B/1B League games for the Wolves is the following Friday, when La Conner comes to Whidbey.

With an already-thin roster — Coupeville had 21 players to South Whidbey’s 31 — the Wolves took a major hit Friday when two-way lineman Zane Oldenstadt broke his left arm.

Zane Oldenstadt

The arm in question. (Photo courtesy Michelle Glass)

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Daniel Olson was the lone senior on the 2021 Coupeville High School baseball squad. (Morgan White photos)

The Wolves endured through a pandemic-shortened season, finishing 7-3.

It’s not over until everyone knows you got a letter.

Flashing back to spring sports for a hot second, we’re acknowledging the Coupeville High School baseball team, which went 7-3 and finished second in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

First-year head coach Will Thayer lettered all 16 of his players, since all of them saw considerable playing time in varsity games.

In case you forgot who they are, check out the handy-dandy list below.

 

CHS baseball letter winners:

Peyton Caveness
Miles Davidson
Nick Guay
Scott Hilborn
Coen Killian
Xavier Murdy
Zane Oldenstadt
Daniel Olson
Gabe Reed
Cody Roberts
Sage Sharp
Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White
Andrew Williams
Hawthorne Wolfe
Seth Woollet

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Cody Roberts snaps off a pitch. (Morgan White photos)

One field, many angles.

Wolf mom Morgan White popped up here, then over there, as she worked her way around the diamond Friday, capturing the Wolf baseball squad hard at work.

The pictures above and below are courtesy her.

Hawthorne Wolfe tip-toes around the base-paths.

Miles Davidson strikes a pose.

Scott Hilborn reflects on life.

Xavier Murdy swats a hit.

Daniel Olson sets the defense.

Sage Sharp unleashes a missile.

Jonathan Valenzuela (far right), Hilborn, and Co. bask in the glow of another win.

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