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Cardinals end Wolves’ season

A misty Tuesday evening at Wildcat Memorial Stadium brought an end to the Coupeville High School football team’s 2007 season as the Orting Cardinals defeated the Wolf Pack 30-6 in a Class 1A playoff game.

From the Nisqually 1A League, Orting was 4-2 in league games and 6-4 overall, and entered Tuesdy’s matchup on a three-game losing streak having been defeated by Cedar Park Christian, Cascade Christian and, most recently, by Anacortes in a 48-14 pummeling.

However, running out of a spread, shotgun-style offense, the speedy Cardinal squad was simply too much for the Wolves to handle.

“They had a lot more speed on defense than we kind of anticipated,” Coupeville coach Ron Bagby said. “We couldn’t run outside or get around the corner on them.”

Orting’s speed held the Wolves to 106 yards in total offense, no first downs in the first quarter and only one in the third period.

Despite the loss, the Wolves were happy about reaching the playoffs after the trials and tribulations the team has experienced this season, and also for having the opportunity to play at brand new Wildcat Memorial Stadium in their final game of the year.

“It was a lot of fun this year,” Wolves’ quarterback James Smith said. “I wouldn’t want to go out with any other group. We have a great bunch of guys on this team and I don’t have any regrets.”

Orting scored its first touchdown of the game at the 4:32 mark of the opening period on an 8-yard dash by John Thompson.

Thompson’s scamper capped a 10-play, 43-yard drive during which the Cardinals established that they had the ability to both run and pass the ball.

Thompson’s extra point kick was good and the first quarter ended with Orting ahead 7-0.

Coupeville came back in the second quarter putting its only points on the board when Steven McDonald made a great sliding catch in the end zone on a Smith pass that was tipped by Orting defenders.

The score from 6 yards out at the 5:03 mark made the count 7-6, but Gary Manker’s extra point kick spun wide left of the goal post and Coupeville remained behind by one point.

“They were pretty fast, but we didn’t play very well,” McDonald said. “Looking back on the season, it was a good one. We played well most of the time and we had a lot of fun.”

McDonald caught six passes in the game for 67 yards.

Orting upped the lead to 10-6 with 30 seconds remaining in the first half when Thompson connected on a 34-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Wolf defense began to wear down and Orting quarterback Kyle Winter scored on an 8-yard run at the 4:13 mark.

Winter led all rushers, carrying the ball 21 times for 117 yards and was 15-for-20 passing for an additional 144 yards.

“We knew Winter was good and we knew we had to stop him,” Bagby said. “We knew what they were going to do, but they still did it to us anyway. They played a

good game and they just had us tonight.”

Thompson’s kick made the score 17-6 and the crowd of loyal Wolves’ fans realized that the game was the end of the line for 2007.

Orting tagged on two additional touchdowns in the fourth period on a 24-yard Winter to Jesse Bechtold pass and a 12-yard run by Grant Angle.

Coupeville’s leading rusher was Clay Hughes who gained 47 yards on 16 attempts.

“This team of ours was a pretty good football team,” Bagby said.

“We were banged up and beat up all year long, but the players just kept fighting. All these kids will

look back and have fond memories of this season.”

The Wolf Pack ends the 2007 campaign with a 3-8 overall record.

Orting 30, Coupeville 6

First quarter

O — John Thompson 8 run (Thompson kick) 4:32

Second quarter

C — Steven McDonald 6 pass from James Smith (Kick failed) 5:35

O — Thompson 34 FG :30

Third quarter

O — Kyle Winter 8 run (Thompson kick) 4:13

Fourth quarter

O — Jesse Bechtold 24 pass from

Winter (Thompson kick) 8:27

O — Grant Angle 12 run (Kick

failed) 2:38

Game stats Orting Coupeville

First downs 16 7

Rushes-yards 41-203 24-48

Passing yards 144 67

Comp-Att 15-21-0 144 7-17-0 72

Sacks-yards lost 1-7 2-12

Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1

Penalties-yards 8-74 3-36

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Orting: Kyle Winter 21-117, Grant Angle 11-53, Justin Schulke 3-15, Bradley Morse 1-10, Devin Bradshaw 1-8, Dan White 3-2, Jesse Bechtold 1-0. Coupeville: Clay Hughes 16-47, James Smith 4-1, Dillon Hall 2-2, Steven McDonald 1-minus 5.

PASSING — Orting: Winter 15-20-0 1 144, Morse 0-1-0. Coupeville: Smith 8-17-0 1 68.

RECEIVING — Orting: Jason Gregory 2-41, Bechtold 3-40, Angle 4-22, Morse 4-22 Janssen Powers 2-19. Coupeville: McDonald 6-67, Hall 2-1.

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