Braves football lose to Coupeville in home debut


September 28, 2022

Madoc Hiller

ON THE RUN – Braves quarterback Ivory Damien (5) scrambles left for a short gain in La Conner's home opener with Coupeville Friday night. Damien led La Conner with 62 yards on 17 carries. But it wasn't enough as the Wolves posted a 46-0 NW2B triumph.

The Coupeville High School football team needed just one score and 16 seconds to post an NW2B shutout win over La Conner at Whittaker Field Friday, Sept. 23.

Coupeville's Scott Hilborn returned the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown that opened the floodgates to a 46-0 Wolves triumph.

Hilborn reeled off a 10-yard scoring jaunt that edged Coupeville 13-0 less than a minute into the game, following one of five La Conner lost fumbles.

Coupeville capped its scoring onslaught when quarterback Chase Anderson tossed a 12-yard touchdown strike to Timothy Ursu with :06 remaining in the half.

Neither team scored in the final 24 minutes.

La Conner mounted one solid first half drive, cranking out four first downs and marching from the Braves' 25 to Coupeville's 32 before losing possession on a fumble.

Quarterback Ivory Damien paced La Conner by rushing for 62 yards on 17 carries. Damien added two completions in three pass attempts for 12 yards, one a 10-yard throw to Randy Ikebe and the other a two-yard flip to C.J. Edwards.

As a team, La Conner managed 104 yards total offense, 92 coming on the ground against a physical Wolves stop unit.

With the lopsided win, Coupeville improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference action. The Wolves entertain Friday Harbor, which blanked La Conner 52-0 on Sept. 16, in their homecoming game this Friday.

La Conner (0-2) is idle this week. The Braves are next scheduled for an Oct. 7 non-league test in Tacoma with Charles Wright Academy.


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