By Kathryn Wheeler, Journal Contributor.
“The kids fought hard,” said Brock Hauck, Friday Harbor High School’s head football coach, after the Wolverines’ 14-43 loss to Coupeville on Friday. The game wrapped up the Wolverine’s season, with three wins and six losses overall. The game brought over 100 fans who came to support the team on homecoming night, which also featured an exciting dance performance by the school’s cheerleaders, captained by senior Lilli Turnbow Coupeville, who ranks number one in the district this year, came out strong, scoring 28 points in the first half. The Wolverines were flanked by a number of injuries causing disruption to the regular lineup. With a major interception in the beginning of the second half, and an ability to break down the Wolverine defense consistently, Coupeville quickly garnered more points. Toward the end of the fourth quarter, the Wolverines seemed to catch their stride. After an interception by senior quarterback Jaxson Waldron and a pass to junior Chris Gustufson, the team went on to score, followed by another touchdown by the same pair in the last minute of the game. Despite the loss, the team showed persistence, fighting until the very end and showing great camaraderie as they draped supportive arms around each other after the game. The spirit remained high as the Wolverine’s five seniors—Max Field, Jaxson Waldron, Nathan Posenjak, Geoffrey Volk and Tate Geiser—walked off of the field for the last time.