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These Cougs can’t be beat

Judging from the performance of the Langley Middle School teams, the future looks at least a little brighter for South Whidbey High School football

With only one game remaining for both teams, the junior varsity and varsity teams each carry a perfect record into the final game of the season, which is next week. The Cougar junior varsity team has done so well in its five games this season that its defense has not allowed a single point. The varsity team is made up of eighth-grade students, while seventh graders compose the JV team.

When talking about the keys to success on the varsity team, coach Bill Patterson noted the ability of the 20 players on the team to spread the types of offensive plays around.

“We can run the ball because we’re also able to pass the ball,” he said. “This is a special team. They are athletically framed and hard working.”

The ability of the team was tested Thursday when the Cougs lost their main running back, Nick Tenuta, to broken collarbone early in a game against Coupeville. The team pulled through, though, and was able to win 26-20.

In the win, quarterback Trapper Rawls handed the ball off alternately to fullbacks Justin LeClair or Brooks Guetlin. In addition, Bobby Saul, Mick Poynter, Taylor Mock and Chris Carey sprinted along the sidelines in the wide receiver slots. The four wide receivers also roamed the defensive backfield as safeties or corner spots.

Filling out Rawls’ offensive options was Eric Martin at tight end.

Opening holes for the offense were center Kevin Kinlock and lineman Paul Zimmerman and Kevin Jones. Applying defensive pressure on the opponents are defensive lineman Chris Britton, Myles Divina and David Monell.

Josh Baker, Josh Harris, Nate Lennon, Vince Messina and Preston Mueller round out the roster.

Even with the win, the loss of Tenuta leaves a large hole in the offense. In the first three games of the season, Tenuta netted nearly 100 yards in each game, handled kicking duties and played linebacker for the Cougars.

The success of the varsity could come at a good time as the South Whidbey High School team struggles with a small squad. According to the roster, the Falcons, which entered yesterday’s game 1-5, have 27 players on the varsity roster, 16 of whom are seniors. The LMS varsity team has 20 players.

Junior varsity completely dominant

As successful as the varsity has been, the JV has been even more dominant. Through five games the defense has held their opponents scoreless, while the offense has racked up 140 points.

“I’ve never seen a seventh-grade team as good as this one,” said coach Tom Sage, who took over the JV team last year after previously coached in the area in early 1990s.

With only 17 players on the team, the squad is not very large, but has a good work ethic and practice hard, according to Sage.

Sage said the JV Cougs use a playbook similar to the eighth-grade team, but with fewer plays.

Sage said his team has a balanced offense in which quarterback Hunter Rawls often hands the ball off to speedy running back Aidan Raynor, or to fullback Danny Zuver, who can pound up the middle for yardage.

He said defensive linebackers Zuver, Jackson Engstrom and Joe Kinser have taken the lead the defense in keeping opponents out off the end zone.

Other players on the JV team lending their talent to the flawless season are Jonah Jolley, Nic McDermott, Dakota Hanna, Challana Roberts, David Fernandez, Taylor Herring, Kyle West, Nathan Sarver, Danen Hagglund, Chris Monell, Adam West, Simone Hamilton and Kevin McDonald.

The JV team will try for a perfect 6-0 season Monday when they play the season’s final game in Langley versus Lakewood. The team defeated Lakewood earlier in the season 28-0.

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