Tornados Increase Winning Streak to Six in Gig Harbor Victory

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The Tornados beat Gig Harbor 29-14, playing lights-out defense to increase their winning streak to six games on Thursday, Oct. 7 on the road.

Yelm is currently 6-0 overall and 3-0 in league.

Yet the road to the game was a little off-kilter, Coach Jason Ronquillo said.

“I thought it went well,” Ronquillo said. “They moved the game to a Thursday, so that brought a lot of adversity with it. Not only that we played on Thursday, (but) we were a little late in getting there with traffic. I mean we literally showed up about an hour before the game, so that kind of threw off our warm-up routine. … Regardless of the circumstances, our kids played with a lot of heart, a lot of effort and made great plays, becoming victorious.”

He said the defense was a sight to behold.

“Defensively, they played really well,” Ronquillo said. “Gig Harbor has some really good players, a good receiving core. I thought our defensive backs played excellent — one of our best defensive games all year. I think we had six sacks and four or five tackles for loss. I mean, we were hitting their backfield all night.”

And the Tornados were in control offensively, he said.

“We burned the clock,” Ronquillo said. “We controlled the clock and just played really well. We had some standout offensive plays. We had some good catches, but really it was just like a methodical game that kept the clock moving.”

Ronquillo said Brayden Platt, Kyler Ronquillo, Kollin Gifford and Landen Barger all deserved shout-outs for their contributions to the game.

Next up, Yelm goes to North Thurston High School Oct. 14 in a league match-up.

“They are a triple action-team,” Coach Ronquillo said. “They run an odd front similar to ours on defense. We just have to make sure that we are option-responsibility sound, make sure we do our job, but not try to do too much, and we’ll be OK.”

Overall, he said the Tornados are meeting his expectations and putting in the work.

“They’re doing really well,” Coach Ronquillo said. “They’re putting themselves in a good position for the postseason. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we’re putting ourselves in a good position.”

And the teammates have all come up with a goal that is looking more attainable, he said.

“The kids always set expectations for themselves and I know they want to win a league championship,” Ronquillo said.

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