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Barron runs over Loggers

"The Coupeville football team ran over Darrington on Friday evening ... and ran, and ran, and ran to a 35-15 homecoming victory. The Wolves dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing Wolves running back Ian Barron to rush for 302 yards and five touchdowns. I was basically reading blocks all day, said Barron. If I tripped and fell or something I would get five or six out of it.As a team, the Wolves racked up 378 total yards. The game was dominated by running plays for both teams. Out of the 100 combined offensive plays, 82 were on the ground. The Wolves defensive line came up big, holding Darrington to only 116 yards on the ground and 191 total yards for the entire game. The Wolves game plan coming into the contest was to pound the ball up the middle. We watched them play some other teams that had tried to run sideways against them and they have a lot of team speed so we ran it straight ahead, said head coach Ron Bagby. That was our game plan. We were going to run it straight ahead at 'em and we didn't care if they knew what we were running. We were going to say, 'We're better, you can't stop us.' The Wolves and Loggers came out cold on offense, trading punts for the first three series of the game. Coupeville finally broke through with an 88-yard drive for the game's first score, but missed the extra point. The ensuing drive for Darrington was abruptly halted when Coupeville's J.D. Meyers intercepted a pass from Jordan Padgett on the 46 yard line. Two plays later Barron blazed into the end zone on a 45 yard touchdown run to give the Wolves a 12-0 lead to end the first quarter.Darrington didn't give in, driving 64 yards for the score on their first possession of the second quarter, cutting the lead to just six going into half time.On one of the only pass plays of the game, the Wolves surprised parents and fans when quarterback Noah Roehl pitched the ball left handed instead of right to his tight end Joe Kelly for a first down. We have been working on that quite a bit at practice, said Bagby. He can pitch using either hand.In the third quarter Coupeville jumped out to a commanding 20-7 lead on a 14-yard touchdown run by Barron and the first of two two-point conversion passes from Roehl to Kelly.We only ran the option a few times but when we did it was pretty successful, said Bagby. With the Loggers only trailing by only 13 points in the fourth quarter and driving down the field, Roehl came up with the biggest defensive play of the game, the second interception on the night for the Wolves. The pick, coupled with a 40 yard touchdown drive by the Wolves, ended any thoughts of a Logger comeback. We just did a really nice job, said Bagby. We didn't miss blocks and controlled the line of scrimmage. They tend to shoot people a lot and try to get people in the gaps and we were able to run straight ahead. Everybody played a real aggressive game, said Barron. The blocking was there and defensively we stopped them. Barron's five touchdowns is not the first time he has scored so prolifically, as he scored five his sophomore year and has scored three touchdowns in one game numerous times. The 302 yards rushing is the second time that Barron has passed the 300 yard mark in his prep career and is unofficially the second highest total for a Coupeville running back. Coupeville will play Concrete at home on Friday at 7:30. The game could decide his team's fate for the season, according to Bagby.Right now there is a four-way tie for first place, said Bagby. Everybody is 2-1 and we really can't lose again. If we win out we will be co-champions and that is where we want to be. "

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