An 18-6 win over visiting Anacortes on Senior Night, Friday, Oct. 25, guaranteed that the Coupeville High School football team will finish with a winning record for the first time since 2005.
The Wolves are now 5-3 and complete their season at Bellevue’s 3A Interlake High School (1-7) at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
Anacortes (5-3) and Interlake, like Coupeville, are schools trying to rebuild their football programs.
Coming into the Coupeville game, Anacortes, which has no seniors and only three juniors on its roster, competed primarily against junior varsity teams from its Northwest Conference.
“It was a big win for our program,” coach Marcus Carr said. “Too be able to post the first winning season since 2005 is just a phenomenal feeling.”
The Wolves were spurred on by a run game that was “the best it has been all season,” according Carr.
Coupeville gashed the Seahawks for more than 200 yards on the ground, led by Andrew Martin with 137 yards on 27 carries and all three touchdowns.
The rushing attack was complemented by the passing of Dawson Houston, who connected on big plays with Sean Toomey-Stout and Gavin Knoblich.
While the Coupeville offense was grinding up the Seahawks, its defense was dominant, Carr said, limiting Anacortes to one TD.
Coupeville scored first on a three-run by Martin in the first quarter, then Anacortes countered with its touchdown and extra point to go up 7-6 one play into the second quarter.
The Wolves came right back with Martin finishing the go-ahead drive with a 15-yard run.
Coupeville added its final score on its first drive of the second half. A 30-yard pass from Houston to Toomey-Stout set up a one-yard scoring run by Martin.
“To be able to send our seniors out with a win and a winning season on Senior Night is just awesome,” Carr said. “Now we have to focus on our game with Interlake this upcoming Friday.
“Our seniors have meant so much to our program with their leadership and hard work, (now) it’s time for them to pass the torch to our talented group of young players to continue what they have started. I am so proud of all of our players and coaching staff for all of their hard work this season.”