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Wolves tie it up but Braves untie it
The Coupeville Wolves came back from a two touchdown deficit to tie it up before LaConner scored with just over a minute to play to win their Northwest 1A League match-up 27-21 Friday night in LaConner.
It was a night of momentum swings and in such contests the team that has it last usually comes out the winner.
The 5-1 Braves led the Wolves 21-8 before Coupeville grabbed the momentum behind the hot hand of quarterback Brad Sherman. Sherman first hit Scott Fisher for a 21-yard touchdown to pull the Wolves within seven points. The senior signal caller then teamed up with Brain Fakkema for a 60-yard score to knot the score at 21-21.
LaConner, a playoff team the past two years and needing a win to stay alive for a third consecutive trip to post-season play, had ridden the legs of running back John Dan all night. The Braves had stopped a Coupeville drive near the three-minute mark of the fourth quarter and began their march with a few more doses of Dan, who carried 26 times for 156 yards on the night.
But it was Jake Roth who got the game winner on his first and only carry of the game. Roth popped loose for a 22-yard touchdown with just over a minute to play.
Sherman threw for the two touchdowns and finished with 250 passing yards, 210 in the second half, while completing 15 of his 37 attempts. Fakkema was on the receiving end of five Sherman passes and finished with 165 receiving yards, 145 of those coming in the second half.
Dan McDonald led the rushing attack, gaining 94 yards on 17 carries. McDonald got the first Wolf touchdown on a six-yard run.
Defensively three Wolve linebackers were busy all night with John Palacio coming up with 14 tackles, including a sack, while fellow backers J.D. Myers and Sean ONeill had 12 and 10 tackles respectively.
Coupeville plays host to 5-1 Archbishop Thomas Murphy Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Northwest A Standings
Concrete 2 0 5 1
A. Murphy 2 0 5 1
Orcas Island 1 1 5 1
La Conner 1 1 2 4
Coupeville 0 2 2 4
Friday Harbor 0 2 1 5