The Coupeville High School football team dusted itself off after getting knocked down a week earlier to trample host Vashon Island 42-7 Friday, Sept. 29.
The Wolves fell to Charles Wright Academy last week in a game that was sloppily played and poorly officiated. They put that contest in the rearview mirror, coach Jon Atkins said, as they prepared for the clash with Vashon Island.
The focus was on having a “great week of practice” and caring only about “the things we could control,” Atkins said. “I think we really did that.”
The result was a thrashing of the Pirates.
Coupeville attacked Vashon Island from all angles, getting touchdowns through the air, on the ground, from its special teams and from its defense.
The defense “played really well” and was the key in the win, Atkins said.
“We are starting to play much better defensive-assignment football,” he added, with each player “doing his job.”
“(The defense) came with a tough mentality and really were on the attack from the beginning of the game,” he said.
On the second play of the game, the Wolves’ Hunter Smith intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
Vashon’s next pass suffered the same fate as Cameron Toomey-Stout added his won pick-6, this one from about 40 yards out.
After the Coupeville defense stopped the Pirates the traditional way, the Wolves marched in for another score. Hunter Downes fired a 27-yard TD pass to Smith.
The special teams got into the scoring act when Kyle Rockwell blocked a punt recovered by Teo Keilwitz in the end zone.
In the second quarter, Sean Toomey-Stout rushed for two scores, and Coupeville led 42-0 at the half.
The Coupeville reserves received plenty of playing time, the Vashon’s score came against the Wolves’ second unit late in the game.
Atkins lauded the play of lineman Jojo Welling, who had “a great game on both sides of the ball.”
He added that Rockwell “really did an outstanding job anchoring the left side of the line and middle backer.”
Atkins also singled out the play of Sean Toomey-Stout, who did “a great job running the ball.”
Unfortunately for the Wolves, Toomey-Stout, the Wolves’ top rusher on offense and leading tackler on defense this season suffered a broken ankle and is lost for the year.
Next up for Coupeville (1-1, 3-2) is a 3:30 p.m. game at Port Townsend (2-0, 2-3) Friday, Ot. 6.
The Redhawks have won two conference contests after dropping their first three games this season. One of the losses was a forfeit when they didn’t have enough eligible players for the opener, the others came to 2A Port Angeles and highly ranked Mount Baker.
“PT is still a good team, their QB has some shake and they are pretty tough in their front seven,” Atkins said. “We are going to need to have another great week of practice and play assignment football.”