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Coupeville Wolves: 2019 Washington high school 1A football preview

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By WILL HOLLAND

Here's an inside look at the 1A Coupeville Wolves.

Links: Coupeville team page | 2019 schedule

2018 IN REVIEW

3-6 overall record, 0-5 in North Sound League; no playoff appearance

COACHING RESUME

HC: Marcus Carr

18-12 record (2nd season as head coach)

Coordinators: Marcus Carr (OC); Bennett Richter (DC).

Base schemes: Spread offense, 4-2-5 defense

RETURNING 

Offense - 7. Defense - 7.

TOP RETURNERS

RB/DB Sean Toomey-Stout, 5-9, 170, Sr.

TE Gavin Knoblich, 6-0, 190, Sr. 

FB Andrew Martin, 5-10, 215, Sr.

OLB/FB Ben Smith, 5-11, 170, Jr.

QB Dawson Houston, 6-1, 160, Sr.

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THREE TO SEE

RB/DB Sean Toomey-Stout, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Toomey-Stout will be the do-it-all guy for Coupeville this year. Last year as a junior, he received all-league first team honors as a running back, defensive back, and as a specialist. Look for this kid to be the heart and soul of a team with nothing to lose.

TE Gavin Knoblich, 6-0, 190, Sr.

While selected as an all-league second team tight end last year, Knoblish plays more of a hybrid between tight end and wide receiver. He possesses the body control and ball skills to be a dangerous weapon in the passing game. 

OLB/FB Ben Smith, 5-11, 170, Jr.

Smith is the lone survivor from a completely wiped linebacking core. Last year’s squad produced two all-league selections in Shane Losey and Alex Turner, so Smith will have some big shoes to fill this fall.

OUTLOOK

Coupeville enters the 2019 season coming off of a winless conference record and a bottom place league finish from last year. The Wolves had a tough time scoring the ball, which has led head coach and OC Marcus Carr to adopt the spread offense. This could prove important for a team with multiple guys who can carry the ball, and will allow for star running back Sean Toomey-Stout to get into open space. Defensively, seven returners will give the Wolves an edge. However, they’ll lose 4 all-league players on that side of the ball, which will call for those that are returning to step up to the plate big time. Should be an interesting year for Coupeville.

2019 SCHEDULE

Sept. 6, 6 p.m.: Port Townsend

Sept. 13, 6 p.m.: at Vashon Island

Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.: at Friday Harbor

Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: LaConner

Oct. 5, 3 p.m.: at Kittitas

Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: at Northwest Christian

Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: South Whidbey

Oct. 25