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Senior quarterback Dawson Houston threw for two touchdowns, and ran for two more Saturday as Coupeville pounded Kittitas 28-0. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ben Smith slashes through the defense. (Deb Smith photos)

Sean Toomey-Stout, off to the races (and the end zone).

Is it too soon to talk about giving Bennett Richter a pay raise?

The Coupeville High School football program had rung up two shutouts across the last five seasons.

Now, after a 28-0 win Saturday at Kittitas, Richter, the team’s Defensive Coordinator, has dialed up that many goose eggs in just eight days.

The non-conference win in the wilds of Eastern Washington, a game in which the Wolves picked off the host Coyotes three times and forced numerous punts, lifts Coupeville to 3-2.

Having won three of its last four, CHS will turn right around and hit the road again in six days, traveling to Tenino to play a Northwest Christian squad which sits at 0-4 on the season.

As Coupeville seeks its first winning campaign since 2005, the current squad, with two shutouts, has already matched the best performance of any Wolf defense in the past 13 seasons.

The 2013 CHS team shutout Bellevue Christian 32-0 in its opener, then blanked Chimacum 54-0 in the season finale.

Frankly, putting positive goose eggs up on the scoreboard has been rare for the Wolves, with only three other shutouts during the 2006-2018 span.

The 2007 Wolves beat Concrete 34-0, the 2017 team blanked South Whidbey 18-0, and the 2018 squad baffled Vashon Island 13-0.

But now, Richter and his wild men, who were led by a tackle-happy Andrew Martin, a brain-busting Sean Toomey-Stout, and a sticky-fingered Dakota Eck, have piled up eight straight scoreless quarters.

First came a 13-0 win at home against La Conner last Friday, and now a complete shutdown of a school the Wolves had never played before.

Kittitas, which is the three-time defending 2B state champs in basketball, has not been as proficient on the gridiron of late, and they entered Saturday’s afternoon game bearing an eight-game losing skid dating back to September 2018.

The Coyotes set the scene well, though, with a beautiful stadium and one of the best sound systems Wolf fans have come into contact with.

Not only did it emit booming, crystal clear vocals, but it was pumping out tunes like Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” pre-game, which gets them extra credit from every sports blogger who came of age in the ’80s.

Then the game started and Coupeville immediately started pouring something on Kittitas, but, instead of sweet, sweet sugar, it was more like sweet, sweet pain from the heavens above.

Martin ripped the Coyote line in half on the very first play from scrimmage, scooping up the runner and planting him face-first into the grass with a thud which said, in no uncertain terms, “ANDY IS EATIN’ AT KFC TONIGHT!!”

Whether inspired by the chance to earn some tasty chicken products or not, Martin and his defensive comrades kept on coming, dominating at the line, shutting down the running game, and rarely being stung by the air attack.

Coupeville forced Kittitas into back-to-back punts to open the game, then struck on its second possession.

While the Wolves briefly sputtered out the first time they touched the ball, the second time was sweet perfection.

Ben Smith softened the Coyote defense with an eight-yard run to the outside, then bolted around the left for a massive 35-yard pickup on the very next play.

With Kittitas sucked in, the Wolves promptly went to the air, with quarterback Dawson Houston connecting with Toomey-Stout on a 16-yard pass which came a millimeter away from being the game’s first touchdown.

With the ref ruling “The Torpedo” came down just outside the goal line, Coupeville was denied for maybe half a second, then crashed to pay-dirt on the next play, with Houston keeping the ball and following his line into the end zone.

That set the tone for the rest of the game, during which time the Wolves controlled every aspect of play.

Eck, in his second game back after a brutal preseason injury, continued to show why CHS coaches and players were so excited about getting the speedy junior back on the active list.

A week ago he snagged a fumble against La Conner.

Saturday, Eck hauled in three interceptions, tying Toomey-Stout for this year’s best performance, with both falling just one pick shy of Brian Fakkema’s school single-game record from 2002.

The first of his snags came shortly after Houston’s touchdown ramble, and Eck almost turned it into a pick-six.

Knocked out at the one-yard line by a desperation shove, he handed the ball back to his QB and watched Houston once again stroll into the end zone behind a big push from the Wolf line.

Making it a family affair, lil’ brother Daylon Houston, a freshman with a powerhouse of a leg, nailed the PAT.

After hitting on three kicks through the first four games, he went 4-4 Saturday, and got happily pummeled by his big bro after each one.

Up 14-0, the Wolves continued to clamp down on Kittitas, with Kai Wong and Gabe Shaw rattling the teeth of Coyote runners who they stuffed, while Martin and Toomey-Stout hunted down and destroyed everyone in sight.

Coupeville tacked on two more scores to pad the lead, with Dawson Houston connecting with Toomey-Stout on long pass plays.

The first was a 25-yard bomb into the deep left corner with a hair under seven minutes to play in the second quarter.

Kittitas had two men in the area, but “The Torpedo,” poppin’ his biceps all the way, out-wrestled both defenders, coming down to Earth with sole possession of the ball.

The game’s final score came late in the third quarter, with CHS facing a fourth-and-10 from the Kittitas 19.

Houston spun backwards, Toomey-Stout shot across the middle, their eyes met, and the rest was kismet, as QB dropped the ball onto his receiver’s hands, and Wolf fans started their touchdown dances 0.2 seconds later.

While the touchdowns affected the scoreboard the most, the play which got the most buzz came midway through the third quarter, and from a young player whose legend grows with each play.

Freshman Tim Ursu is 105 pounds of fury unleashed, and he spent the Kittitas game crashing around on both offense (where he had several carries) and defense.

On the play in question, Houston lofted a pass towards the right sideline, a pass which looked like it was going way over Ursu’s head.

Instead, the fab frosh never broke stride, turned at the last second, stretched out to his very limit and hauled in the heave, even though he knew a Kittitas player was about to drill him as the ball carried him out of bounds.

Not only did Ursu hold on to the ball and complete the catch, but the ensuing penalty for a late hit gave Coupeville a first down, kept a drive alive, and induced much fist-pumping and yelling from Wolf coaches.

Timmy is working really hard, and making those catches in practice,” said CHS coach Marcus Carr. “I’m really proud of him and how he’s playing.”

Also big was a defensive stand on the game’s final possession, as the Wolves hunkered down to preserve their shutout.

For the first, and only time in the game, Kittitas got inside the Coupeville 10-yard line, and had third-and-goal from the four-yard line with time running out.

A Coyote team which has only scored 12 points in four games this year desperately wanted to punch the ball in, but Toomey-Stout shed a blocker and decked the incoming ball-carrier for a loss.

Then, on the game’s final play, a Kittitas pass into the end zone fell short, as Eck prevented his man from reaching back to grab it.

Cue the happy dance on the far sideline from Richter, the defensive guru with the scheme and the dream.

And cue excited Wolf lineman Isaiah Bittner, back in the lineup, celebrating with CHS assistant coach Kwamane Bowens, both filled with infectious happiness.

While there were still a few too many penalties for his liking, Coupeville’s head coach walked off the Kittitas field with a bit of a bounce in his step.

“We’re coming around,” Carr said. “We ran the ball really well in the first half, and that opened up the passing, and our whole defense played outstanding.”

Unofficially, Houston connected on seven passes for 120 yards, with Toomey-Stout hauling in five of those lobs for 102 yards and his third and fourth scores of the year.

Ben Smith was the workhorse in the rushing game, piling up 68 yards on 16 carries, while Houston’s pair of 1-yard scoring dives accounted for his second and third touchdowns this season.

The one down note coming out of the game was an injury to Smith, who suffered a likely concussion on a run up the middle in the fourth quarter.

He was taken to a local hospital, but was released and was showing signs of improvement on the trip home.

Still, it’s likely he will have to sit out Coupeville’s next game, even as the Wolves expect to get receiver Gavin Knoblich, who has snagged three touchdowns, back from his own concussion.

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Gabe Shaw and the Coupeville defense came up big Friday night in a 13-0 win over La Conner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sean Toomey-Stout (1), seen in an earlier game, blew up fools on defense, while also scoring a touchdown off of a 35-yard catch-and-run. (Stephanie Martin photo)

It wasn’t pretty, but they’ll take it.

Despite having three touchdowns waved off because of penalties Friday, the Coupeville High School football team was able to lean on a suffocating defense and blank visiting La Conner 13-0.

The victory brings the Wolves back to .500 at 2-2 on the season, heading into a long road trip to Kittitas next Saturday, Oct. 5.

Friday night’s game, played against one of Coupeville’s longest-running rivals, was the kind which looks great on the scoreboard and maybe not as much when it comes time for players and coaches to look at game film.

The Wolves shot themselves in the foot numerous times, racking up a ton of penalties, which ultimately could have hurt a lot worse than they did.

Twice Coupeville captain Sean Toomey-Stout took punt returns to the house, only to have penalties on his teammates negate his game-busting plays.

The first time, “The Torpedo” exploded for 55 yards down the left sideline in the first quarter.

Jump forward to late in the third, and La Conner, apparently having not gotten the memo not to kick to Toomey-Stout, watched as he snatched up a bouncing punt and slashed through the defense, ending a 60-yard plus romp in the end zone.

Only to have to walk the ball back down the field once again, passing a virtual sea of flags thrown at his blockers.

Another penalty on Coupeville would momentarily eject the Wolves from the end zone for a third time in the fourth quarter, but this time the hometown team made it right back in, thanks to a two-yard plunge by Ben Smith.

That score, followed by a Daylon Houston PAT, came with a hair over five minutes left in the game, and stretched a 6-0 nail-biter into a much more comfortable 13-0 romp.

It also capped a strong performance for Smith, who was Coupeville’s workhorse on this misty night.

Running hard, legs driving all night long, the Wolf junior finished with an unofficial total of 81 yards on 18 carries, capping things with his first varsity touchdown.

Smith also had his moments on defense, including a key tackle on the first possession of the game, blasting the Braves ball-carrier and forcing the first of five La Conner punts.

Coupeville took immediate advantage, scoring the only touchdown it would need two plays later.

Taking over at the La Conner 30-yard line, the Wolves picked up a false start penalty on their first offensive play — a hint of things to come — then made some magic.

Sprinting away from a would-be tackler, senior quarterback Dawson Houston threw across his body on the move, dropping a sweet pass down the left sideline, right between Toomey-Stout and the world’s most over-matched defensive back.

Toomey-Stout spun into the air like a muscular ballerina, snatched the ball off the top of his defender’s helmet, landed, and two or three large strides later, was relaxing in the end zone with the prettiest touchdown of the season.

It was a stab right through the heart, and not even a muffed snap on the extra point could dampen the enthusiastic response of the Wolf faithful.

Up 6-0 with 6:56 left in the first quarter, Coupeville looked ready to exchange big offensive punches if necessary.

It wouldn’t need to, though, as the Wolf defense basically shut down any and everything La Conner’s offense might have been planning.

Swarming to the ball, and winning the battle on the line, Coupeville’s defense looked the best it has all season, stuffing Braves runners and batting down La Conner passes.

The visitors had six possessions in the first half. Four ended in punts, the other two in a failure to convert on fourth down.

Those two possessions both ended on passes which hit the ground, but played out differently.

On the first one, La Conner’s quarterback, facing fourth-and-seven from the Coupeville 22-yard line, had a man open but flat-out missed him.

Next possession, the Braves gunslinger was rattled on third down when Alex Jimenez and Gavin Straub blew through the line to team on a bone-crunching sack, then put up a weak lob on fourth down which had little hope of success.

After its opening touchdown toss, Coupeville wasn’t exactly tearing up the field on offense, either.

The Wolves punted three times in the first half, one fewer than La Conner, and had another drive end on a misfired fourth-down pass.

Neither offense went nuclear in the second half, but the Wolves got the yards they needed with Smith and Andrew Martin carrying the rushing load, while the Braves stalled out time and again.

La Conner needed just a single yard for a first down early in the third quarter, only to have Toomey-Stout get out the big paddle.

Shedding two would-be blockers, he blasted through a teeny-tiny hole, stepped up into the face of an oncoming Braves rusher and dropped him with a resounding thud.

That set the Wolf student section jumpin’, and the stadium at Mickey Clark Field to bouncin’, which brought a huge grin to the face of CHS Athletic Director/PA announcer Willie Smith.

“Bout time!,” the man with the velvet fog voice declared.

It wasn’t the last time the defense would inspire the Wolf fans, as Coupeville collected two fumbles and an interception in the game’s final 14 minutes.

The first fumble was snatched up by Dakota Eck, making his season debut after overcoming a nasty preseason arm injury.

The second ball to pop free did so into a seething mass of Wolf defenders, making it hard at first to tell who snatched up the wayward football.

After the crowds had parted, however, CHS freshman Scott Hilborn was the last man holding on to the ball, continuing a strong start to his promising prep career.

After a game where the teams combined for approximately 2,367 penalties, Coupeville closed the night with five minutes of perfection.

Sage Downes, patrolling deep, picked off a La Conner pass to blunt the Braves final offensive chance, then the Wolves handed the ball to Martin four straight times to end things.

Ramming straight up the gut against a defense which had no desire to amass any more bruises, Martin kept the clock (and the chains) moving, tearing off yardage and sending the fans home happy.

With the win, the CHS Class of 2020 finishes 3-1 against La Conner, having rebounded from a 53-6 loss as freshmen to beat the Braves 40-6, 33-12, and 13-0 the last three seasons.

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Sean Toomey-Stout had three interceptions Friday, taking one back 65 yards for a touchdown, as Coupeville throttled Vashon 27-8. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s line, seen here in an earlier game, played strongly in the win.

For seven long minutes, things looked sort of bleak.

And then, in the matter of a few seconds, the entire script got flipped and what could have been a Friday the 13th horror show became a very-satisfying romp.

Dominant on defense and opportunistic on offense, the Coupeville High School football squad bounced back from an early deficit Friday to whack host Vashon Island 27-8.

The win, fueled by four interceptions and several inspired scoring plays, evens the Wolves record at 1-1 on the season.

It also gives Coupeville’s seniors a sweep of Vashon, as the Class of 2020 went 4-0 against the Pirates, outscoring their fellow islanders 145-47 over that stretch.

In the early going Friday, though, the only team to crack the scoring barrier was Vashon.

And not because it did anything special, but because the Wolves couldn’t get into gear.

While the Coupeville defense forced a three-and-out on the opening possession, with Andrew Martin body-slamming a Pirate runner halfway through the turf on one play, the Wolf offense promptly stalled out.

The first three plays CHS ran resulted in a loss of four yards, an incomplete pass, and a loss of eight yards.

Then, things went from sorta bad to stinky cheese awful, as a snap on fourth down sailed past Wolf quarterback Dawson Houston, resulting in a safety and a quick ‘n easy two points for Vashon.

That triggered the fog horn from Hell that the Pirates fire off to signal when they score, setting up the disturbing possibility the night would be full of the nerve-shredding wail.

But when the football gods give, they often quickly take.

And thus the night turned in a few plays, shutting down the fog horn almost for good, while sending a ripple of electricity through the Wolf faithful who had made the two-boat trek to get from Whidbey to the far outposts of the world.

On Vashon’s ensuing possession, Coupeville defenders Gavin Knoblich and Ben Smith both came up with nice stops for losses, forcing the Pirates to go to the punt formation.

At which point the Vashon long snapper aired the ball out.

Like really, really, really aired it out, skipping it 30 yards past his punter, who took off running, barely getting to the madly-skipping ball before a wave of Wolves rolled right over the top of his prone body.

Handed a gift, Coupeville cashed it in, and quickly.

Freshman Scott Hilborn, making his high school football debut, accepted a hand-off from Houston, cut back, spun on a dime, then bolted through a pack of hapless Pirates, shredding them for a 30-yard bolt to the end zone.

So, that’s one high school carry, and one high school touchdown. Perhaps his nickname shall be “Instant Offense.”

While the Wolves missed on a two-point conversion pass, they had the lead, and it would be one they would never relinquish.

Chalk a big assist up to the defense, which again came up big.

Martin and Gavin St Onge blew up running plays, then Hilborn, trying to do everything all in one night, snuffed out Vashon’s next drive by picking the Pirate QB on a fourth-down heave inside the 20-yard line.

Up high in the stands, proud dad Steve Hilborn, a master of remaining low-key in the heat of competition, nodded.

Once.

Ever so slightly.

And it was like another man ripping off all his clothes and running around the track screaming at the top of his lungs.

With his defense clicking, Houston took control of the Wolf offense and everything started working.

Mixing runs from Martin and Smith, plus a few nifty scrambles by the QB himself, with precision passes that started on Houston’s fingers and ended in Knoblich’s waiting hands, Coupeville slammed the pedal through the metal.

Houston and Knoblich combined for back-to-back touchdowns through the air, the first from 11 yards out, the second from four yards away, wrapped around an interception from Sean Toomey-Stout, and the rout was on.

A two-point conversion run from Houston, in which his line reared up and smacked Vashon’s defense backwards as a unit, made it 14-2.

After Knoblich’s second scoring catch, on which he out-jumped his defender to get to the ball, the Wolves knocked down their first PAT of the season.

It came on a booming kick by freshman Daylon Houston, off a hold by older brother Dawson, a senior, and ended with the two siblings pounding on each other in glee as they returned to the sideline.

“See, they can get along!” said mom Alia with a huge smile.

While the first half was full of offensive highlights, the second was more of a slug-fest, with both defenses clamping down and just a single touchdown coming for either side.

Vashon finally gave its lonely fog horn a chance to step back into the spotlight when Pirate QB William Weber dropped a really pretty 29-yard scoring bomb into the hands of Jack Cunningham.

But, before the last dying gasp of the horn had faded, Coupeville drove a final stake through the heart of the Pirates, blocking the PAT.

Half the line bent on the play, with St Onge coming in from the outside to land on the ball as it tried, unsuccessfully, to leave the ground.

Coupeville had a couple of strong offensive plays in the second half, with Martin running over would-be tacklers, and Smith slashing through open holes for yardage.

Its best play was a 31-yard throw-and-catch in which Dawson Houston nailed Gavin Straub as he ran a route down the far sideline, followed by “G3” rambling over and around would-be tacklers until enough Vashon players finally arrived on scene to gang-tackle him.

But, while it moved the chains after halftime, the Wolf offense couldn’t crack the goal line in the second half.

Not a problem, however.

Toomey-Stout, who suffered a season-ending injury at Vashon as a sophomore, capped his final game against the Pirates by picking off two more passes in the fourth quarter, giving him three for the game.

Pick #3 came when he sprinted from deep in the backfield, launched himself airborne and hauled in a dying duck of a throw as it plummeted to Earth in front of him.

He looked like a center-fielder on a baseball diamond, and a darn good one at that, robbing a batter of a hit.

But while pick #1 was technically perfect, and pick #3 was a dazzler, pick #2 was “The Torpedo” blowing up the whole stadium and laughing as it came down around him.

Vashon was driving and Weber thought he had an open man and … BAM!!!

Toomey-Stout interrupted the flight of the ball, speared it, then went on one of the wilder pick-six runs in recent memory.

Zigging back and forth, he brought the ball back 65 yards, while running about 130, slipping tackles not once, not twice, but 237 times as he caused the Coupeville coaches to collectively lose their freakin’ minds on the sideline.

There were multiple times when he should have been down, multiple times when he seemingly had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and yet kept on churning, kept on pulling off miracle escapes.

It was a modern-day renaissance man painting a masterpiece and using the gridiron as his canvas.

If there was any justice, the Vashon crew would have fired off the fog horn in salute, even though Toomey-Stout doesn’t wear a Pirate uniform.

They didn’t, but, in the end, it doesn’t really matter.

“The Torpedo” and crew will happily accept the victory, with or without a fog horn salute, and move on the next challenge.

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Sean Toomey-Stout had kick-off returns of 34 and 63 yards Friday in Coupeville’s first game of the season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Aria Bowen rocks designer specs while Savannah Smith remains a woman of mystery.

Andrew Martin, who led Coupeville’s ground game, churns for yardage.

Volleyball ace Emma Mathusek enjoys a flavor-packed hamburger while trapped in the middle of a sea of humanity.

A gentle prairie breeze ripples the flags on a warm, sunny night.

Gavin Straub (44) and Gavin Knoblich (33) wrap up a RedHawk runner, while Dominic Coffman (45) comes flying in to help.

“Yeah, boy!!!!! That tackle is almost as tasty as my gum!!! Almost…”

Prairie superstars (left to right) Mallory Kortuem, Zoe Trujillo, and Maya Toomey-Stout are ready to get loud in support of their classmates.

Fall sports have sprung, in all their photographic glory.

Coupeville High School’s football team kicked off the 2019-2020 school year Friday, hosting Port Townsend, and the event was big enough to convince John Fisken to drive down from the city to the North.

Cameras at the ready, the wanderin’ paparazzi clicked away through the pre-game action and the first half of play.

The pics above are courtesy him, but are not all that he shot on the night.

To see more, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Football-2019-2020/FB-2019-09-06-vs-Pt-Townsend/

If you purchase any prints while there, a percentage of each sale goes into a fund Fisken uses at the end of the year, when he hands out scholarships to two CHS senior student/athletes.

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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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