"Coupeville starts slow, ends big"
July 3, 2008 · Updated 6:07 PM
"Two consecutive non-league wins may not constitute a trend for Coupeville High School's football team, but as the Wolves prepare for their first league matchup against an unbeaten foe, they can take comfort in knowing they passed their last two tests - the latest of which took place Saturday in an away game against Charles Wright. Coupeville passed the test 35-6. We started off a little slow, Wolves' head coach Ron Bagby said after the game. They took the opening drive and marched down the field and scored a touchdown. It was a little scary.But if the score scared the Wolves, it also served to motivate the them, coach Bagby said, and prompted his team to dig in defensively.Wolves' defensive coordinator Thomas Roehl agreed.We bent but didn't break, Roehl said. The defense stopped their (Charles Wright's) second drive in the first half with a great goal-line stand, stuffing four plays within the eight yard line.Our defense was unbelievable in that game, Wolves' safety Geoff Hageman said. Our line was just strong. They kept a constant rush on and our db's (defensive backs) were on the ball and always there for their passes and reverses.Pressure and tight coverage from Coupeville's defensive backs hamstrung Charles Wright's passing game, limiting them to one completion in nine attempts for 11 yards. Hageman, who tallied five solo tackles Friday and stopped two potential Charles Wright touchdowns from his safety slot, was one of many Wolves' defenders knocking down Wright runners .Wolves' linebacker Joe Kelly recorded 10 tackles and an interception and defensive end Zac Swankie recorded 10 tackles and a sack. Defensive tackle Jim Meek was equally disruptive on the line, making eight tackles and deflecting a pass that was intercepted by Kelly.While Charles Wright had more success on the ground, running inside traps and reverses for 159 total yards, Coupeville had success both on the ground and in the air.The Wolves rushed for 284 yards and passed for another 79 yards, for a game total of 363 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Ian Barron accounted for more than half of those yards.Baron rumbled for 154 yards on 18 carries, gained 53 yards receiving and scored two touchdowns - the first on a 37-yard pass play from quarterback Noah Roehl, and the second on an 11-yard run. Both touchdowns in the first quarter. Barron was also a force on defense, making nine tackles from his linebacker position. Roehl rushed for two touchdowns as well, one from 3 yards out and the other from 11 yards out. He also made six tackles and grabbed an interception. The Wolves fifth touchdown was scored by running back Dan McDonald from four yards out.Unlike Coupeville's previous win against the undermanned, undersized Chief Leschi, Friday's game was a more telling test of his team's ability, Bagby said, adding that Charles Wright was a big, strong and tough opponent.We bent but didn't break, Bagby said. I told the kids if we kept on them, we'd wear them down and we played a real physical game and outplayed them.At 2-2, Coupeville is preparing for its hardest test of the season at home this Saturday, in a 1 p.m. home game against unbeaten Orcas Island.Bagby thinks his team is ready for that test. He said the Wolves have been progressing steadily, but incrementally, with either Coupeville's offense or defense having good games but not together until last Saturday I've sen bits and pieces of complete games, he said. But next week, they both better be there, because it's just gonna be a war. It'll come down to the team that makes fewer mistakes. "