Behind a pass-robbing defense, the Coupeville High School football team won 27-8 at Vashon Island Friday, Sept. 13.
The Wolves intercepted four passes — three by Sean Toomey-Stout — while picking off their first win of the season.
Coupeville (1-1) now heads to Friday Harbor for a 6:30 p.m. game Friday, Sept. 20. The Wolverines (1-1) thumped Bellevue Christian 48-0 Friday after losing a defensive struggle 7-3 to South Whidbey during week one.
“It was a very good win for our young team,” Coupeville coach Marcus Carr said after the Vashon Island contest. “A good win as we strive to get better every week.”
A pair of poor snaps led to the opening points for each team.
A hike sailed over Coupeville quarterback Dawson Houston’s head late in the first quarter, resulting in a safety for Vashon Island.
The Pirate center then whistled the ball over his punter’s head in the next series, allowing the Wolves to take over in Vashon territory.
Freshman Scott Hilborn then turned the mistake into six points when he ran in from 31 yards out. The PAT play came up short, and Coupeville led 6-2.
Hilborn struck again, this time on defense. He intercepted a Pirate pass that stymied a Vashon Island drive inside the 20. From there, the Wolves marched down the field and scored when Houston hit Gavin Knoblich with a 14-yard TD toss. Houston ran for the extra points, making it 14-2.
Toomey-Stout’s interception helped set up the next score, another Houston to Knoblich TD, this one from the 4-yard line. Daylon Houston kicked the extra point and Coupeville led 21-2 at halftime.
After the break, the Pirates scored on a 29-yard pass play, but two Toomey-Stout interceptions prevented any further damage.
The second pick resulted in six points, as the senior reversed field several times on his way to a 65-yard touchdown.
In addition to the pass thievery, the Coupeville defense “held Vashon’s run game in check,” Carr said.
The Wolves’ countered with an “effective” running attack, according to Carr.
Ben Smith finished with 51 yards and Andrew Martin 36 to complement Hilborn’s long TD run.
“The passing attack was much better this week,” Carr added. Dawson Houston complemented his two touchdown passes with a 31-yard pass to Knoblich during the contest.