Football: Coupeville closes season with big win

Ending the season the way it began -- with a big win -- the Coupeville High school football team dumped Life Christian 27-14 at Curtis High School Saturday, Nov. 6, in a three-hour downpour.

The bookend wins were wrapped around eight losses, so the season-ending victory was, according to coach Jay Silver, "a nice way to send the seniors out and a positive step for next year."

The game wasn't as close as the score, Silver said, and his team "played well in all areas of the game."

He added, "We played a 'whole game.' We caught the ball, didn't give up big plays, were consistent on defense and made tackles."

Silver said his staff made practices more light-hearted last week in preparation for the game, knowing it would be difficult for the players to stay focused for a nonleague game at the end of the year after being eliminated from the playoffs.

Silver said Life Christian opened the game with a scoring drive and he was thinking: "Oh no, are we going to pack it in?"

The answer came quickly as the Wolves responded with their own score and never let up.

Ian Smith started the romp with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Mitch Pelroy. After Kole Kellison kicked his first of three PAT's, Coupeville led 7-6.

Minutes later Smith hit Luke Pelant from 23-yards out.

In the second quarter Smith added another touchdown on a 7-yard run, then completed his third TD toss when he hooked up with Brandt Bodamer on a 27-yarder.

The Wolves led 27-6 at the half and coasted home.

Silver said it was a "great way" to end the year and everyone got to play as he emptied his bench in the fourth quarter.

He added, "It was neat to see all the seniors make some plays."

One of those seniors, Smith, finished his high-school career with a stellar performance. He hit 15 of 28 passes for 243 yards and ran for 74 yards on 13 carries. He also had a 39-yard TD pass called back because of a penalty.

Junior Dalton Engle rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries, and junior Pelroy caught six passes for 147 yards.

Silver said, "It was nice to see the boys play well against a decent team." Life Christian finished 4-6 and was two points from making the playoffs.

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