Fourth quarter TD sinks Wolves

Clay Hughes scored on a 64-yard run in the third quarter and the Coupeville High School football team had a chance to pull out a victory in Friday’s game against Granite Falls.

Trailing 7-0 at halftime, Hughes brought the home crowd at Mickey Clark Field to its feet with his dash to paydirt, but Gary Manker’s extra point try was blocked and the Wolves continued to trail 7-6.

Late in the game, Granite Falls’ all-league running back Jullian Gamache scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run and the Tigers got out of town with a 13-6 victory.

The win was the first league victory of the season for the Tigers who are 1-2 in Cascade League games and 3-2 overall.

Coupeville remains winless in league games at 0-3 and 2-3 overall.

“Defensively, I felt we knew exactly what they were going to do,” Coupeville head coach Ron Bagby said. “They have one of the top running backs in the league and we held him to 48 yards.”

The Wolves had decent offensive numbers rushing for 168 total yards and quarterback James Smith passed for an additional 34.

“Offensively, we were so close on so many plays and that was the difference,” Bagby said. “One time we had fourth down and six inches and didn’t make it and we had three wide open throws in the end zone that were close but just not quite there.”

Hughes led all rushers with 15 carries for 129 yards and Steven McDonald had eight carries for 26.

Alex Evans was the leading pass receiver with a pair of catches good for 21 yards.

“Wins in this league are tough to come by and you hate to miss opportunities,” Bagby said. “Ultimately, we have to finish ahead of King’s and keep getting better so when we get to our playoff situation we’ll be in good shape.”

Coupeville travels to South Whidbey Oct. 5 to play the Falcons who are undefeated at 3-0 in league games and 5-0 overall.

“South Whidbey has really good size on the offensive line and they are a physical team,” Bagby said. “They were evenly matched against Granite Falls and won 13-7, the same as us.”

In addition to the cross-island rivalry between the two teams, Friday night is homecoming for the Falcons.

“We beat them on our home field last year and they are going to remember that,” Bagby said. “It’s going to be fun and we are going to have to play well against them. If you can’t get ready for this game, you’re probably not going to get ready for very many games.”

Kickoff at South Whidbey is set for 7 p.m.

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