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Friday Night Lights preview: CoupevilleOctober 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.