Football: Silver has golden beginning; Wolves win 33-6

This Silver beginning had a golden ending.

Coaching the Coupeville football team for the first time, Jay Silver led the Wolves to a shining 33-6 win over visiting Port Townsend Friday, Sept. 3.

Things will get a tougher for Silver and the red and black clad Wolves when they travel to King’s next Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. for the league opener against the highly touted Knights. Silver said, “They are the top dogs until someone beats them.”

Against Port Townsend, Silver wasn’t the only one with a sparkling debut. Converted wide-receiver Ian Smith, making his first start at quarterback, completed 17 of 38 passes for 228 yards for three touchdowns, a PAT and no interceptions. He also ran for 84 yards and a touch down on 10 carries.

Mitch Pelroy caught four passes for 96 yards and two TD’s and a PAT, and Dalton Engle rushed for 41 yards on eight carries.

In all, Coupeville amassed 476 yards to 180 for the Redskins. Port Townsend’s only score came against the Coupeville reserves late in the contest.

Silver said all of the Wolves “looked good; it was a good team effort.” He added, “Obviously it was a good way to start.”

Coupeville scored on its second possession when Smith scampered in from seven yards out. The point-after kick failed.

One of the few lowlights for the Wolves was the performance of its PAT kicking team which had “blocking issues,” according to Silver. The unit converted just one of four tries.

Minutes later Smith hit Pelroy with a 25-yard scoring strike, then the pair connected on the PAT and the rout was on.

Danny Savalza punched one in from the three in the second quarter, Kole Kellison kicked the point after and the Wolves led 21-0 at the half.

In the third quarter, Smith hooked up with Pelroy for a 64-yard score and then passed to Josiah Campbell from 10 yards for the final Coupeville touchdown.

Next up for Coupeville is King’s. The Knights feature one of the state's top players in quarterback Thomas Vincent. Last season Vincent led the Cascade Conference in both passing and rushing and accounted for a whopping 62 touchdowns in 12 games. He completed 126 of 235 passes for 2,584 yards, 41 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

He ran for 1,621 yards on 205 carries, a 7.9 average, and 21 touchdowns.

Also returning are Vincent's top two receivers, Curtis Clauson (48 catches, 1,055 yards, 20 TD's) and Joseph Jaeger (15, 394, 5), and the Knight's top running back, Ben Welch.

King’s opened the 2010 season with a 55-7 win over Lakeside. Vincent totaled over 200 yards of offense, and Clauson scored four times, including starting the game with an 88-yard kickoff return.

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