Judging by the margin of the Nooksack Valley football team’s 47-14 win over Coupeville on Friday, Sept. 16, one might not think a rally of sorts was in order. But the Pioneers had to come from behind following what coach Robb Myhre called a “flat” start to earn the nonleague road victory.
The Wolves took their opening possession five plays for a touchdown to put Nooksack (2-1) in an early hole.
“We got the ball and went two or three plays and scored, then stopped them and scored again in one or two plays,” Myhre said, “and that kind of got the ball rolling for us. We did a good job of mixing run and pass tonight.”
Such a good job, Myhre said, that the Pioneers didn’t attempt a pass in the second half, after they opened a 47-7 lead.
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“After that first drive, our defense did a good job of shutting them down,” Myhre said. “They didn’t have a whole lot of yards after that.”
Myhre said Colton Kautz had a good night running the ball, scoring a couple of touchdowns, and Tre Silva also scored two TDs.
The game marked the final tuneup for Nooksack Valley before heading into Class 1A Northwest Conference play on Friday, Sept. 23, at Mount Baker.
“Our competition is going to get real stiff real fast,” Myhre said. “The thing is nobody will be surprised on either side. We know each other really well. ... We’re ready to go. It should be a lot of fun.”