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Football: Top-ranked ATM thumps Wolves

Coupeville ran into the football buzz saw of Archbishop Thomas Murphy and the result was a 62-0 Wildcat win in Everett Friday, Oct. 15.

The undefeated and top-ranked Wildcats sliced one-win Coupeville for 605 total yards, with three different runners surpassing 100 yards. Defensively, ATM limited the Wolves to just 86 total yards and intercepted three passes.

Ian Smith accounted for Coupeville’s entire yardage, rushing for eight yards and passing for 78 on 14 completions in 37 attempts. He also threw three picks, but coach Jay Silver said that one was tipped by a receiver into a defender’s hands and another came on a fourth-and-20 desperation toss.

Silver lamented the Wolves’ penchant to drop passes. He said, “If we catch the ball, we score 30 points.” He added that ATM coach Dave Ward noted after the game on how Smith picked apart the Wildcat secondary but had little to show for it.

Brandt Bodamer led the Coupeville receivers with 42 yards on eight grabs.

Silver said, “The goose egg on the board is disappointing on my part.”

Silver said the game started well for the Wolves who moved the ball in the first quarter but couldn’t find the end zone. The Wolves’ defense also posted a goal-line stand.

Alex Galgano led the Archbishop Murphy ground assault with 115 yards on 11 carries. Morgan Masanda rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, while Hans VanderWel gained 100 yards and scored a TD on just five attempts.

ATM (5-0, 7-0) was relentless as it scored at least two touchdowns in each quarter.

The Wolves (0-6, 1-6) will try to rebound next Friday in their annual grudge match with island neighbor South Whidbey (2-3, 3-4) at Mickey Clark Field at 7 p.m.

Silver said the Wolves’ success against South Whidbey “depends on which (Coupeville) team shows up.” He asked rhetorically, “Will it be the team that holds them in awe or the team that just goes out and plays?”

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