Yelm Wins State Playoff Game With 52-28 Score


The Tornados crushed the Seattle Prep Panthers 52-28 in their home state playoffs game.

The win brings the team to a perfect record of 10-0 so far, which has seen the Tornados through to the final eight in the state tournament.

“It was incredible,” said Tornados coach Jason Ronquillo. “The energy and the excitement was incredible. The town was lit up. I’m really excited about the way our kids played. It was a really fun football game.”

William Carreto and Ray Wright each punched in a rushing touchdown in the first and second quarters, respectively, giving Yelm a 14-0 lead over the Panthers with nine minutes left in the second quarter

But with two minutes left in the half, Seattle Prep scored its first touchdown, complete with an extra point, bringing the score to 14-7, Yelm.

That’s when Yelm quarterback Palaina Hooper completed a 27-yard pass to Marius Aalona for a touchdown that brought the score at the end of the first half to 21-7, Yelm, after a successful extra point.

The Panthers came back on the field after the half looking strong, achieving a 70-yard rushing touchdown on their first drive.

With the score 21-14, the Yelm boys advanced their lead with a Ray Wright touchdown and a successful two-point conversion by Carreto, bringing the score to 29-14 with seven minutes to go in the third quarter.

Seattle Prep eked out another touchdown with three minutes to go in the third quarter, but Aden Schaler returned a kick for an 85-yard touchdown a play later, bringing the score to 37-21, Yelm, after a successful two-point conversion.

Then, with one minute left in the third quarter, the Panthers brought the score to 37-28, Yelm, after a 4-yard rushing touchdown and extra point.

In the fourth quarter, Wright and Kyler Ronquillo each scored touchdowns, the latter off of a 33-yard pass by Hooper.

Yelm finished the game with a final score of 52-28.

“It was electric,” coach Ronquillo said. “The fans were going crazy. Our kids played at a really high level. … From beginning to end, it was fireworks.”

Up next, the fourth-seed Tornados advance to the quarterfinals against fifth-seed Marysville Pilchuck High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at home.


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