Wolves take first defeat of season

Things couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start for the Coupeville football team on Saturday night.

A touchdown on their opening drive against the number three-ranked 1A team in the state, Cascade Christian, followed by a defensive stop and a forced punt.

Unfortunately for Coupeville, that’s where the positives ended, as they picked up their first loss of the season, 56-15, at Sumner Stadium.

“Things started good and then the wheels fell off,” head coach Ron Bagby said.

On their opening series sophomore quarterback Mike Bagby hit junior tight end Andrew Moon on a seam route for a 45-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. After stopping the Cascade Christian offense on their first attempt, Coupeville got the ball back.

With Mike Bagby set to lead the Wolves down the field midway through the first quarter, the offense received a significant blow. Bagby took a shot from a defensive player’s helmet to his left arm, his throwing arm, which put his wrist out of commission for the rest of the game.

With a new quarterback, junior Kirby Mitchell, in the game, the Cougars focused on making Coupeville throw the ball.

“They put a lot of guys inside the box and dared us to throw it and we couldn’t do it,” coach Bagby said.

Cascade Christian exploded for 21 points in the first quarter and 28 in the second behind a solid running attack. The Cougars ended the game with 353-yards total offense, 214 of which came on the ground. Coupeville was only able to generate 133-yards of total offense.

Down 49-7 at the half, the Wolves did exactly what coach Bagby asked of them in the locker room by coming out and giving their all.

“It was really neat to see our kids come back and perform so well,” he said.

The Wolves outscored the Cougars 8-7 in the final half of play after Mitchell connected with Sean O’Neil on a 24-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. A two-point conversion gave them their final points.

Senior linebacker Casey Mitchell had a nice day on the defensive side of the ball, picking up 11 tackles. Senior Brandon Mazdra had eight, Moon had seven and Kasey Jensen had five for the Wolves.

Coupeville, who is now 1-1 in non-league play, returns home for a game at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 against Life Christian.

“They’re a much improved team,” Bagby said. “They’ve got some good kids and they’ve got some big kids.”

Coupeville will have to be prepared to be without Mike Bagby for at least one more game, as he is listed as doubtful for Friday’s contest.

After this week the Wolves have two more weeks of non-conference play, before they begin Northwest A action Oct. 10 at Concrete.

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