Tornados Trounce River Ridge Hawks 50-6 in Away Game

By Daniel Warn / dan@yelmonline.com
Posted 9/28/21

The Tornados football team pummeled River Ridge 50-6 on the road on Friday, Sept. 24.

Yelm is now 4-0 overall and 1-0 in league play.

“We were very opportunistic,” said Yelm Coach …

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Tornados Trounce River Ridge Hawks 50-6 in Away Game

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The Tornados football team pummeled River Ridge 50-6 on the road on Friday, Sept. 24.

Yelm is now 4-0 overall and 1-0 in league play.

“We were very opportunistic,” said Yelm Coach Jason Ronquillo. “We were able to turn the ball over a number of times. One of their first possessions, they had a fumble and we scored.”

Senior Dylan Conklin got Yelm on the board with a 15-yard fumble-return touchdown with about 10 minutes to go in the first half.

Sophomore Brayden Platt picked up the two-point conversion, and then the quarter’s second touchdown — five yards, rushing — with about eight minutes to go.

In the second quarter, Platt scored another touchdown, followed by a 22-yard pass by senior quarterback Palaina Hooper to junior Kyler Ronquillo for a touchdown with nine minutes to go in the half.

To round out the half, Platt intercepted a River Ridge ball, which eventually resulted in a touchdown by Ronquillo after a 25-yard Hooper pass.



To begin the third quarter, junior Ray Wright, made a 50-yard rushing touchdown, but the Tornados were not done.

“Early in the second half, River Ridge kicked the ball on the ground and Cael Gendron scooped it up and scored,” coach Ronquillo said. “We had two defensive touchdowns in that game, so those were big.”

That Gendron touchdown ended up being a 42-yard fumble return with eight minutes left to go in the third. Gendron is a senior.

Finally, at the beginning of the fourth quarter, River Ridge got on the board with a 3-yard rushing touchdown, leaving the score at 50-6 in Yelm’s favor for the rest of the game.

“We were just really clean on offense,” coach Ronquillo said. “I think we did a great job at distributing the ball so that our players’ execution was clean. Defense played lights out. All around, our team played really well.”

Ronquillo said the next game is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 against Capital High School.

“Coming up is homecoming week, so it’s coming out and having a clear mind when it comes to the game,” Coach Ronquillo said. “I want kids to enjoy this week. I want them to have fun and understand what homecoming’s all about, and have an understanding that it is about the football game. Everything that leads up to Friday is about welcoming the alumni back to town and everything that represents. It’s just understanding that when the whistle blows and the ball is snapped on Friday that we have a clear mind.”

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