State title dream turned reality for Yelm’s father-son Ronquillo duo
From The Olympian:
Yelm High School football coach Jason Ronquillo shared a photo on his Twitter page a day after Yelm beat Bellevue in the Class 3A state semifinals, advancing the Tornados to the state championship game.
The photo was from 2013 — Ronquillo smiling for the camera with his son, Kyler — at the 4A state title game between Chiawana and Camas in the Tacoma Dome.
That day, Kyler told his dad that he would play in a state championship game one day.
That dream became reality Saturday, when Yelm played Eastside Catholic for the 3A state title at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
“It’s been a long journey for both of us,” Jason said, following Yelm’s 20-13 win Saturday afternoon. “Being a coach’s kid is not easy. But man, he just wears that with pride.
It was Kyler who made the incredible play that lifted the Tornados to the first championship win in program history, as Jason watched from Yelm’s sideline.
Yelm was trailing by one point late in the fourth quarter, and for a moment it appeared the program’s undefeated run was about to come to a conclusion — until Kyler wrestled away what seemed a sure interception from an Eastside Catholic defender and sprinted into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 52 seconds to play.
“We lose that game if he doesn’t do that,” Jason said. “We’ve lost. There’s always time on the clock, but you’re talking (50) seconds. Defenses are on point. To make a play like that under that kind of pressure — crazy.“
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