Nooksack Valley suffered a disappointing loss to Coupeville, 20-12, on Friday night in Everson. The Pioneers hoped to rebound from a loss last week to get back in the win column against a team suffering from injuries to key players.
But while dominating the line of scrimmage and control of the ball for most of the game, Nooksack turned the ball over five times and took 13 penalties to thwart drives and let Coupeville sustain its own scoring opportunities.
"Our defense played better than last week (in a loss to Sedro-Woolley)," Nooksack Valley coach Robb Myhre said. "We tackled better."
Nooksack ran 74 plays to Coupeville's 54, and held a 15-8 advantage in first downs. The Pioneers had 335 offensive yards, with several more long plays called back on untimely penalties.
"You just can't have all your good plays taken away by penalties or turnovers," Myhre said. "That was the difference in the game."
In the first quarter, Nooksack struck first on a 25-yard run up the middle by junior quarterback Tanner Myhre, but the point-after attempt failed. Coupeville came right back with a five-play, 72-yard drive. With the extra point, Coupeville held a 7-6 lead that remained through the first half.
For Nooksack, Tanner Myhre dominated the offense, completing 17 of 37 attempts for 186 yards, and running the ball 30 times for 133 more. But two interceptions halted drives and allowed Coupeville to take a 14-6 lead on a penalty-aided drive in the third quarter. Nooksack made it close with 8 minutes and 51 seconds to go in the game when Tanner Myhre scored again on a 10-yard run.
Coupeville sealed it on a 39-yard TD run late in the game, and they surprised Nooksack by kicking onside and recovering to seal the win.