Tornados End Season After Quarter Finals Loss to Tomahawks

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The Tornados football team ended its season, and 10-game winning streak, in a state quarter finals loss to Marysville-Pilchuck High School, 39-21, on Saturday, Nov. 20 at home.

Yelm High School’s record for the 2021 fall season is 10-1 overall and 6-0 in league.

The Yelm boys dominated in nearly every game they played this season, racking up two- and three- score leads to end games week in and week out.

While the Tornados may have ended their state run, this marks the second wildly successful football season for Yelm High School.

During the spring 2021 season, the Tornados achieved a perfect season. With post-season off the table last school year, Yelm did everything it could have possibly done to show off its prowess.

The Marysville-Pilchuck game, on the other hand, showed a slightly different story. The high-level of competition was infectious in the Yelm football stadium, but even with an early lead, it seemed as though the Tornados were just one foot behind their opponents at every turn.

Yet, true competitors, the Yelm boys never gave up, showing off their athletic prowess and sportsmanship in a hard-fought battle.

The Tornados started the game on the right foot, putting the first six points on the board due to a 10-yard pass by quarterback Palaina Hooper completed to Ray Wright for a touchdown.

But that’s when Yelm’s woes began to take effect.

After Yelm failed on its two-point conversion attempt, the Tomahawks put in 14 unanswered points by the end of the first quarter.

The Tornados managed to tie up the game with seven minutes to go in the second quarter by way of a Brayden Platt 16-yard rushing touchdown and successful two-point conversion.

But Marysville-Pilchuck responded to that with three more touchdowns by the beginning of the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 32-14 with 11 minutes to go in the game.

Yelm did put in another touchdown three minutes later, but the Tomahawks answered with another Tomahawk touchdown on the very next drive, resulting in the final score of 39-21 in Marysville-Pilchuck’s favor.

The loss, heartbreaking as it may be, does nothing to deter the Tornados from celebrating a job well done for the season, said Yelm coach Jason Ronquillo.

“(I’m) very proud of the way this team committed to one another and completed week after week,” Ronquillo said in a statement. “I told the team to take the lessons learned this year into the next season or into adulthood, whether (it) be about leadership, friendship or love for one another. A great kinship was created this year.”

Ronquillo thanked the parents and community for their “unwavering support,” saying there is “lots to be grateful and appreciative for.”

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