It was bad news on two fronts for the Coupeville High School football team Friday, Oct. 20. The Wolves lost 34-12 to visiting Klahowya and lost two more key players.
What’s left of the Coupeville club (1-4, 3-5) will challenge Chimacum (0-5, 2-6) at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Mickey Clark Field in the final home game of the season.
Two-way players Matt Hilborn (ankle) and Chris Battaglia (ribs) were hurt in the first half of Friday’s loss, joining two-way stars Sean Toomey-Stout and Hunter Smith on the sidelines. Those four represent the starting corps of running backs and the leading receiver on offense, as well as most of the top tacklers on defense.
“I have never been a part of a team that had so many season-ending injuries,” coach Jon Atkins said.
Even with the injuries and a string of five losses in the past six games, Atkins said the “kids are still eager to compete.”
“I think our seniors will be motivated to go out and play well on Senior Night (Friday), so I think it should be a good week,” he added.
Coupeville stuck with the Eagles in the first half, but two quick Klahowya scores after the break put the game away.
The Eagles, ignited by a strong running game throughout the contest, scored in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. For the game, Klahowya netted 338 yards on the ground.
The Wolves used a long drive, spurred by five completions from Hunter Downes to Cameron Toomey-Stout, to earn a first-and-goal inside the Klahowya 5-yard line. The threat, however, was stymied by two penalties and the Wolves came away empty.
The Eagles picked up a second TD midway through the second period and led 14-0 at halftime.
For Coupeville, it was a game of missed opportunities.
Long kickoff returns by Toomey-Stout and Jake Hoagland gave the Wolves nice field position, but the Wolves couldn’t capitalize.
Klahowya didn’t squander its opportunities and tacked on another touchdown in the third quarter, making it 20-0.
Coupeville finally found the end zone: Downes hit Hoagland for the TD, set up by a 25-yard pass to Toomey-Stout.
The Wolves would get no closer as Klahowya added two touchdowns, the second on a pick-6.
Late in the game, Coupeville finished the scoring, thanks to another good kickoff return by Toomey-Stout and a 3-yard scoring run by Downes.
“I think we fought hard and played well,” Atkins said. “We have to take care of the ball and limit our turnovers.”
Toomey-Stout was the star of the night. In addition to his two long returns, he finished with 13 catches for 122 yards.