Wolves explode for 63-32 win over Vashon | Football

That was a feel-good win. The Coupeville High School football team blasted Vashon Island 63-32 Friday, Sept. 30, at Mickey Clark Field.

That was a feel-good win.

The Coupeville High School football team blasted Vashon Island 63-32 Friday, Sept. 30, at Mickey Clark Field.

The win broke a three-game losing streak for the Wolves and took some of the sting out of last year’s 70-31 loss to the Pirates. In that game, Vashon Island’s Bryce Hoisington rushed for a state record 573 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

Hoisington ran for four scores Friday, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with the opportunist Wolves.

Coupeville coach Jon Atkins said the game was more about improving than revenge.

“We’re not looking at what happened to last year’s team,” Atkins said. “We’re a different team and trying to focus on what we need to do to be competitive.

“I don’t think the game was about revenge; (it was) more about execution.”

In last week’s close loss to Charles Wright, the Wolves’ offense and defense were close to “getting on track,” according to Atkins.

“We missed the little things in execution. This week we were very assignment detailed and fixed all the little things on offense to get us going.”

It wasn’t just the offense that got going; Coupeville scored touchdowns via a punt return, interception and recovered fumble.

The punt return came first. After a sack forced the Pirates to punt in the game’s first possession, Hunter Smith hauled in the kick and raced 78 yards for a touchdown.

Clay Reilly kicked the first of nine extra points.

Jacob Martin ran four yards for the next Coupeville score, then Ryan Labrador jumped on a loose ball in the end zone to give Coupeville a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.

Smith scored again, this time on a 31-yard run, his only carry of the game.

Cameron Toomey-Stout added the next two score, both on throws from Hunter Downes. The first covered 43 yards, the second 11.

Chris Battaglia rumbled 25 yards for the next TD, then Martin matched that effort for another score.

Toomey-Stout struck again, this time on defense. He picked off a pass and sprinted 66 yards to the end zone to complete the Wolves’ scoring.

Martin finished the game with 159 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Reilly added 42 on 11 runs.

Downes complete four of five passes for 74 yards; three went to Toomey-Stout for 62 yards.

Uriel Liquidano led the defense with 11 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He also caused a fumble. Jacob Zettle chipped in with 1.5 sacks, and Reilly forced a fumble.

Martin had seven tackles and Julian Welling five.

“It was a good win,” Atkins said. “It’s nice to get your first league win. Now we have to focus on a very good Port Townsend team and try and make it two in a row.”

The Redhawks (2-0, 3-2) visit Coupeville (1-1, 2-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, for the annual Homecoming game.