Last Friday Yelm Football faced Shelton in their final away match of the regular season. It being Shelton’s final home game it was their senior night and homecoming. While this is usually a fun night for the home team, it wasn’t so fun on the field for the Highclimbers as Yelm came out ready to fight.

The Tornados came out looking to win and were off and running from the get-go. Within the first three minutes Kyle Robinson completed a 48-yard pass to Kodee Gifford, scoring the first points of  the game. A mere two minutes later the pair completed a second pass, putting Yelm up 14-0 with only five minutes gone from the first quarter.

With four minutes to go in the quarter Robinson had a rushing touchdown, putting Yelm up 21-0. Minutes later Carson Amendt also had a rushing touchdown. The Tornados ended the first quarter up 28-0. 

The second quarter was also all about the Tornados. Amendt came out running, straight into the endzone, that is. A successful point-after kick put Yelm up 35-0 just over a minute into the second quarter. Near the end of the half Sean Rowedder found himself with a rushing touchdown, and Yelm went into the half up by 42. 

“We had a game plan that if the score got relatively high, we would start subbing guys in. Our number one goal Friday along with winning was to stay healthy,” head coach Jason Ronquillo said. “We wanted to get our number ones enough time to get our game conditioning in but not too long that the score got out of control. Once we got rolling it was about getting our number two and three guys reps and keeping the clock moving.”

The third quarter was a draw, with neither team scoring, but the fourth quarter Shelton finally got on the board with a completed 95-yard pass. A failed two-point conversion put the score at 42-6. With two minutes to go Rowedder had a 60-yard rushing touchdown to end the game 49-6, Yelm.

According to Ronquillo everything went as expected against the Highclimbers. 

“Friday was a business trip for the guys, they took care of business as expected and got out of the game healthy,” Ronquillo said. 

Next up for the Tornados is their final game of the regular season. It will be today against Timberline at home, starting at 7 p.m. This will be just as tough as the game against Peninsula earlier this season, and to walk off the field with a win will be no easy feat for Yelm. Last year Timberline narrowly won on their own home turf, so Yelm will be looking to reverse that fate today. 

The key to beating Timberline for Yelm is to keep doing what they’ve been doing and not focus on the possibility of a league championship.

“This final game will determine league seeding for the playoffs. Our only focus this week is winning the details of our game preparation and applying it on Friday,” Ronquillo said. “It’s paramount we treat this like every other week, play within the confines of the rules, compete at our highest level and not let the glamour and spotlight of a league championship get in the way of what got us here. Which is attention to winning the details.”

Going into the final game today, Yelm was sitting at the top of the leaderboards. A win today would give them the number one spot in the league, while a loss would most likely put them in the number four spot, giving them a much more difficult first game for playoffs. Either way they will be going to playoffs next week, which will be held on Nov. 2 or 3. The winner of the playoff game would move on to the next round, while the loser would end their season. 

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