Football: South Whidbey runs over Wolves

South Whidbey used a pounding ground game to spur a big second half in its 33-7 win over island rival Coupeville Friday, Oct. 22, at Mickey Clark Field.

The loss left the Wolves (1-7) winless in Cascade Conference play as they head to sub-district next Friday at Nooksack Valley.

The Falcons held a slim 7-0 lead going into the locker room, and Coupeville coach Jay Silver said he thought his club would come out after the break and “take it to them” after moving the ball well in the first half. That didn’t happen.

South Whidbey turned to its running game to gobble up yardage and the game clock. The grinding attack kept the Coupeville offense off the field – the Wolves ran just 14 second-half plays – and wore down Coupeville defense.

Silver said, “We couldn’t do anything on offense.”

Although the Falcons ran up 26 second-half points, Silver said the defense was one of the highlights for Coupeville. He said his defenders got tired because the Wolves’ offense couldn’t stay on the field. Silver said, “The defense was fine, but you just can’t have them on the field the entire half.”

Another highlight, Silver said, was Coupeville’s own running game which went over 100 yards for the first time in weeks. Dalton Engle led the charge with 76 yards on 10 carries.

Ian Smith paced the CHS air attack by completing 14 of 24 passes for 97 yards.

South Whidbey (3-3, 4-4) rushed for 206 yards on 39 carries and added 100 passing yards in the win.

Silver said Coupeville was plagued again by dropped passes and mental mistakes, then added, “We are a young team and we will get better.”

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