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Friday Night Lights preview: Coupeville

October 12th, 2012 at Fri, 12th, 2012 at 7:41 am by benwatanabe

Rivalry games are the best. No matter how talented the teams are or how terrible their records, blood-feuds make for exciting contests. 

So shall it be tonight when South Whidbey hosts its northern neighbor Coupeville. It will be the first time in a generation that the two schools meet as 1A opponents, and South Whidbey has the chance to shore its seeding to the tri-district playoffs with a victory.
Statistically, the two teams are surprisingly similar. Through six games, the Wolves averaged 19 points per game and allowed 36. The Falcons have scored just under 20 points per game and allowed about 35, also through six games.
Here’s the difference: Coupeville’s new conference schedule excludes 2A schools Lakewood, Archbishop Murphy and Cedarcrest. South Whidbey’s last two losses, both by four touchdowns, were to Lakewood and Archbishop Murphy.
Look for the Falcons to reestablish their island dominance through the air. Falcon receivers have been active recently, albeit held in check, and watch that allow their rushing attack to find room, especially for quarterback Nick French and running back Pat Monell.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. tonight at Waterman Field.

Reporter for the South Whidbey Record. Currently I cover Langley, South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District, Clinton and sports. On any given night or any given weekday, I'm likely watching a baseball, basketball or football game on TV while reading Mother Jones, Esquire, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Daily Herald or scrolling through Twitter. If I can go sailing, I do. Fishing is a recently discovered hobby, but there are few things as exciting as getting a fish on the line and the battle between urgency and patience to haul it in. I don't much care for pets, but probably want to pet your dog or hold your cat.

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