In no way could Yelm High School football coach Jason Ronquillo have predicted what happened in his team’s season opener and the first game of his tenure.
The Tornados rolled over Highline in Yelm, winning 48-0. It was “definitely a stepping stone in the right direction,” he said.
“We still have a long ways to go before we can call ourselves good,” Ronquillo added.
Yelm led 21-0 in the first quarter. Ronquillo said the turning point was a Jacob Rash interception that he returned 35 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0.
Quinton Buck, a former running back now playing quarterback, was 5-for-10 passing for 50 yards but did most of his damage on the ground. He rushed for 115 yards.
Aaron Rivera led the Tornados with 130 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns as Yelm built a 35-0 halftime lead.
“We still have to work on our execution,” Ronquillo said. “The kids competed hard. It was a great effort.”
At Tumwater 41, Shelton 0: Christian Cummings and Easton Trakel each scored two first-half touchdowns en route to the Thunderbirds’ shutout of the Highclimbers.
Tumwater led 34-0 at halftime highlighted by two rushing touchdowns by Cummings (20 yards, 1) and two receiving touchdowns by Trakel (36, 16). The T-Birds’ defense also scored on a Colton Barrett fumble recovery and touchdown.
Cummings finished with 150 yards on 11 carries and added his third touchdown in the third quarter, upping Tumwater’s lead to 41-0.
Quarterback Jayden Croft completed 6 of 9 passes for 128 yards, and Trakel had three receptions for 66 yards.
The T-Birds finished with 405 yards of total offense while limiting Shelton to 69 total yards.
At Lake Oswego (Ore.) 7, Olympia 6: The Lakers, the No. 5-ranked team in Oregon’s Class 6A, rallied for a non-league win over the Bears.
Olympia led, 6-0, and had held Lake Oswego scoreless through three quarters. The Lakers, though, scored on the first play of the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Mitchell Verburg threw a 26-yard touchdown to Jordan Horak.
Bears kicker Josh Nelson had field goals of 21 and 41 yards – the latter coming in the final minute of the first half .
Olympia had two offensive possessions in the final four minutes, but were unable to get out its own territory.
Rochester 34, at Ridgefield 0: Senior tailback Tyler Yarber had a game-high 228 yards rushing on 26 carries and two touchdowns in the Warriors’ win in coach Eric Snelson’s debut.
Yarber had 229 yards rushing in the first half as Rochester built a 19-0 lead.
Quarterback Tyler Gedney went 6 of 8 passing in the first half for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
At Rainier 46, Naselle 7: Sophomore McKoy Bichler rushed for a game-high 192 yards and four touchdowns and completed 7 of 9 passes for 58 passing in the Mountaineers’ win over the 2B Comets.
The Rainier defense had two interceptions – by Tanner King and Trevor Shaw – and also a fumble recovery by Austin Carlson.
At Centralia 36, Hoquiam 22: The Tigers won their first game since 2011 and the first for first-year coach Matt Whitmire.
Centralia racked up 255 yards of offense in the first half, and senior quarterback Joe Blaser gave the Tigers the lead for good inside 6 minutes left in the third on a touchdown pass to Jacob Mohonan for a 28-22 lead.
At Clover Park 42, Black Hills 35: The Wolves held a 35-34 lead in the fourth quarter after Luke Taylor’s 28-yard field goal, but Warriors quarterback Keila Pritchard threw the winning 68-yard touchdown to Damien Davis inside 2 minutes left in the game.
Black Hills was led by quarterback Jayden Troy, who threw touchdown passes of 56, 50, 9 and 7 yards – including a pair of touchdowns to Nick Knittle.
W.F. West 41, at Port Angeles 6: Toby Johnson got the Bearcats' scoring off with a 74-yard kickoff return as part of a 41-point first half. Senior quarterback Tanner Gueller threw for 200 yards on 8 of 11 passing for five touchdowns. He threw TD passes to Bryan Moon (80 yards, 22), Alex Cox (5), Dylan Verdercio (18) and Roe Servilla (49).