A stingy defense and just enough offense carried the Coupeville High School football team to a 13-0 win over Vashon Island Friday, Sept. 7, at Mickey Clark Field.
The game was the first for the Wolves with the new covered bleachers in use. It was only fitting (for the fans) that the contest was played in heavy rain.
The Coupeville defense forced four turnovers, three in the fourth quarter, to stymie a Pirate comeback.
Andrew Martin and Sean Toomey-Stout each snared interceptions, while Gavin Knoblich and Alex Turner pounced on fumbles.
In all, the Wolves limited Vashon Island to under 100 yard of total offense.
For Coupeville, it wasn’t a matter of gaining yards, it was a matter of finishing drives.
“It was a tough game for us offensively,” coach Marcus Carr said, “We had long drives killed by penalties, and we fumbled the ball through the end zone when we were about to score.”
After a scoreless first half, the Wolves finally bulled into the end zone on a 5-yard run by Chris Battaglia in the third quarter. The PAT run failed.
Toomey-Stout zipped 56 yards for a fourth-quarter TD, Xavier Murdy booted the extra point and the defense did the rest to put the Pirates away.
“The defense as a whole played outstanding,” Carr said. “It was a good win in bad conditions.” The Wolves (2-0) will try to stay unbeaten when they entertain Friday Harbor at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.