Yelm’s 31-28 loss last Friday night at Peninsula (5-0, 5-2) has propelled their rival from across the Tacoma Narrows to the top spot in the 3A South Sound Conference.
But with just two more weeks left in regular season play, the Tornados (4-1, 4-3) have little time to lament as they turn their eyes toward a strong finish.
The game was one of tit-for-tat, as quarterback Ben Hoffmann quickly leveraged more than 80 yards of rushing following the first-quarter kickoff to bring Yelm the lead. In the second quarter, down 14-7, senior tackle Bradley McGannon carried handoff into the Seahawks’ end zone to bring the score to 14-13, with Peninsula in the lead.
Senior running back Carson Amendt and Hoffmann both rushed for touchdowns for Yelm in the third quarter, but Peninsula’s strong defensive and running power kept Yelm on the edge.
Hoffmann sparked brilliance again the fourth quarter though, taking a 38-yard rush to Peninsula’s end zone following a Tornado interception.
Hoffmann had 13 rushes and 134 total yards for Yelm, according to a report by The Olympian.
Peninsula held ball possession almost twice as long as Yelm, maintaining the ball 30 minutes to Yelm’s 17 minutes. Peninsula bested Yelm in turnovers, 3-2.
The Seahawks will play Gig Harbor in next week’s rivalry matchup.
Yelm will host Shelton this Friday, Oct. 25, for the team’s final regular home game. Kickoff starts at 7 p.m.