Yelm senior Carson Amendt gets the handoff Friday night at Yelm High School stadium. Thanks to a strong first-quarter start, the Tornados shut out the Central Kitsap Cougars 28-0. 

An early three-touchdown lead in the first quarter and a shutout performance by the defense propelled the Yelm Tornados to a 28-0 win over the Central Kitsap Cougars Friday, Sept. 20, in their first South Sound Conference appearance.

The Tornados’ fiery start began with a 15-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ben Hoffmann to wide receiver Sylas Franklin in the first minute of play.

After kicking off to the Cougars, who made the reception at the 20-yard line, senior defensive lineman Bradley McGannon recovered a Central Kitsap fumble, bringing home a 15-yard run for a touchdown.

The heat didn’t subside then. From Yelm’s own 15-yard line, Hoffmann found senior running back Carson Amendt on an 85-yard pass, tallying another touchdown.

A 3-yard rush by McGannon into the Cougars' endzone would bring Yelm the hefty 28-0 lead they needed by the half, and eventually brought them the game.

"I really think the pieces are starting to come together," said Yelm head coach Jason Ronquillo. "I have to give props to special teams. Special teams don't ever get any love. And it's like, man, they did such a great job tonight."

Yelm is now 1-2 overall and 1-0 in their conference.

Yelm will face Gig Harbor Tides (3-0, 1-0 conference) on Friday, Sept. 27.

This story will be updated.

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