Yelm junior lineman Kollin Crown and his Tornado teammates run through drills during football practice at Yelm High School on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.
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Yelm football preview story: Rising fortunes, new coach buoy Tornados
About the Tornados
Coach: Jason Ronquillo, first year
2012 record: 5-5, fifth in Narrows 4A
Offense: Coordinator (set) – Ronquillo (multiple); returning starters – 3
Top players: OL William Benbrook, 5-10, 210, sr.; RB/QB Quinton Buck, 5-9, 175, sr.; OL Nathan Mix, 6-0, 205, sr.;
Defense: Coordinator (set) – Todd Cordova (3-3); returning starters – 5
Top players: DL Kollin Crown, 6-3, 225, sr.; LB Aaron Rivera, 5-11, 190, sr.; LB Cody Burk, 5-10, 205, sr.; DB Victor Munoz, 5-8, 160, sr.; DB Greg Martin, 6-0, 175, sr.
Outlook: It will be a big learning curve for the inexperienced Tornados, who are learning Ronquillo’s system after the coach spent the past six years at Class 1A Hoquiam, leading the Grizzlies to three state playoff appearances. … Buck, who will be a third-year starter, moves from running back to quarterback. … Cordova, previously Rainier’s defensive coordinator, returns to his alma mater.
All games at 7 p.m.
* Denotes Narrows League 4A game
Home games in CAPS
Friday, Sept. 6 — HIGHLINE
Friday, Sept. 13 — at Olympic
Friday, Sept. 20 — STADIUM *
Friday, Sept. 27 — at Shelton
Friday, Oct. 4 — CENTRAL KITSAP *
Friday, Oct. 11 — at South Kitsap *
Friday, Oct. 18 — BELLARMINE PREP *
Friday, Oct. 25 — at Gig Harbor *
Friday, Nov. 1 — at Olympia *
-- Meg Wochnick, staff writer
Previous previews: Shelton