Wolves take third straight loss

After a back-and-forth battle, Coupeville football coach Ron Bagby couldn’t ask for much more but to have an opportunity to win in the final minutes.

“We put ourselves in a position to win the game and that’s what we wanted,” he said.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, their last offensive effort came up just shy, as they fell 13-7 to King’s Friday night.

Starting at their own 30-yard line with five minutes to go in the game, the Wolves successfully worked their way into Knight’s territory on a series of key catches and fourth down conversions.

After pushing the ball to the King’s 17-yard line, the Wolves were unable to execute, as they committed a series of miscues, resulting in dropped passes and a fumbled snap.

“We had our chances,” Bagby said. “We just weren’t able to finish.”

Although Coupeville had their chance to win, they never saw the lead. The Knights took the initial advantage in the first quarter and never gave it up. King’s running back Victor Quan, who rushed for 148 yards, broke loose for one of his two scores early in the game. Behind his huge offensive line, Quan scrambled for 45-yards, giving King’s a 7-0 lead.

The Wolves answered with a score of their own late in the first quarter. Using a variety of plays, Coupeville pushed the ball down to the Knights’ 1-yard line. On a bootleg to the left, sophomore quarterback Mike Bagby broke into the end zone for the touchdown. A Bryan Harada extra point tied the game, but also ended the scoring the for the Wolves.

Coupeville had their opportunities, including a fourth and goal from the King’s 3-yard line in the third quarter, but were unable to get a score.

“We just couldn’t get it in,” Bagby said.

King’s eventually took the lead for good in the fourth quarter after Quan broke loose from 9-yards out for his second touchdown of the day.

“They ran the ball and they did a really good job,” Bagby said.

Despite the 345 total rushing yards by King’s, Coupeville did a solid job keeping them out of the end zone.

“Once they got down inside there we did pretty good,” Bagby said. “We bent but we didn’t break.”

The Wolves were unable to get a running game going, but found success with their pass. Mike Bagby completed 18-of-38 passes for 152 yards.

“They gave us the quick passing game,” coach Bagby said.

Senior Casey Mitchell led the team in receiving with five catches for 58 yards. Sophomores Brian Sherman and J.J. Marti also had five catches for Coupeville.

Now 1-3 in non-league competition, Coupeville moves on to play another non-league contest at 6 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 3 at Charles Wright.

King’s 13, Coupeville 7

Coupeville 7 0 0 0—7

King’s 7 0 0 6—13

King’s-Quan 45-yard run (Lutton kick); Coupeville-Bagby 1-yard run (Harada kick); King’s-Quan 9-yard run (kick failed).

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