Coupeville falls in play-in game | Football

Coupeville quarterback Jake Tumblin, center, looks through a sea of bodies for an open receiver. - Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times
Coupeville quarterback Jake Tumblin, center, looks through a sea of bodies for an open receiver.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Meridian defeated the Coupeville football team 34-6 in a two-quarter mini-game at Blaine High School Tuesday in a district tournament play-in contest.

The loss eliminated the Wolves from postseason play, setting up a game at 5 p.m. Saturday with Chimacum (4-5) in Port Townsend in a matchup of two teams who did not make the playoffs. The starting time has not been determined.

Meridian went 70 yards in 13 plays, converting a fourth down along the way, on the game’s opening possession to go up 7-0.

The first play for Coupeville was a snap over the quarterback’s head for a nine-yard loss. And that was the pattern for the game. The Trojans drove and scored and the Wolves struggled to move the ball on a rainy, windy night.

Meridian scored on every possession except for a lost fumble and when the clock ran out at the end of the game.

The Trojans iced the game early in the second quarter. After scoring to go up 20-0, they returned a fumble on Coupeville’s first play after the score for another TD to lead 27-0.

The Wolves followed with their only scoring drive, which was aided by two personal foul penalties and two pass interference calls on the Trojans. The big play was a 20-yard pass from Jake Tumblin to Riley Boyd. Gunnar Langvold passed three yards to Wiley Hesselgrave for the score.

Tumblin and Boyd hooked up for a 37-yard play earlier in the game for the only other big play for the Wolves.

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