Yelm Tornados Football and Rainer Mountaineers Football Overviews


Coach: Randy Swiley, fourth season


Last year’s record: 2-8


Assistant coaches: Don Brownell, Jeremy Rotondo, Calvin Hicks, Rob

Hill, Craig Hanson, Joe Chirhart, Andy MacDonald, Sean Kramer


Number of returning starters: 7 on offense.7 on defense.


Returning starters: Jacob Swilley, RB/DB, 5-10, 180, jr, first-team RB, second-team DB; Chris fazzino, TE/LB, 6-2, 215, sr, honorable mention TE; Nolan Hall, OL/DL, 6-0, 270, sr, honorable mention DL; Lance Rohwedder, OL, 6-2, 290, sr; Alex Almeida, LB/RB, 5-10, 200, sr; Eric Kinder, LB, 6-0, 200, sr; Jesse Harris, WR, 6-3, sr; Dan Zimmerman, OL/DL, 6-4, 270, sr; Kyle Brownell, QB/LB, 5-10, 170, jr.



Top newcomers: Quentin Buck, RB/DB, 5-9, 165, soph; Joe Lucchesi, LO, 6-1, 275, sr; Max Painter, DB, 5-10, 165, jr.


Top players lost: Austin Brownell, playing football at Syskous; Tyler Tingley, Syskous; Brandon Mix, PLU.


Coach’s summary comments about this season: We should be much improved. Had a great off season and have a lot of experience coming back. Already have a good run game but we must develop

a pass game. Our defense has to be much improved, moved from 3-3 to a 4-3

to fit our defensive strength and depth at DL. Our goal is to finish in the top

three and make the district cross over game.


Coach’s summary comments about last season: We only had four players with varsity experience with 6 playoff teams (1 state champ and 1 semi finalist) on the schedule. We suffered too many injuries but we improved each week and had a chance at the end of the season to make the playoffs.


Rainier Mountaineers


Coach: Jeff Johnson


Last year’s record: 5-5, lost to Stevenson in the playoffs in the first round.


Assistant coaches: Todd Cordova, defensive coordinator; Robert Shaw, quarterbacks, linebackers; Steve Miller, d-line, running backs; Johnson, DBs and o-line.


Number of returning starters: 3 on offense. 4 on defense.


Returning starters: Dalton Delio, WR, CB, all-league corner, 6-1, 170, sr; Devin Ducharme, o-line, starter on defense, 6-2, 200, sr.; Ryan Cordova, o-line, tackle, also starts at LB, 6-0, 210, sr; Buddy Whisman, o-line, d-line, all-league lineman, 6-0, 285, sr.; Mac Shaw, LB, 6-0, 200, honorable mention, jr; Cameron Macrae, LB, 6-1, 180, sr.;


Top newcomers: Phil Acord, o-line, 5-11, 225, jr., transfer from River Ridge and was a part-time starter.


Coach’s summary comments about this season: I’ve got a good corp group of kids. They’ve been working hard. Our expectations are they should compete with all the work the coaches have done in the off season they better. The weight room contributes to the durability To begin with our o-line was a concern. But now that we have a transfer and we’ve got some kids who are stepping up and competing. Now we feel pretty confident our offensive line is going to be as good if not better than our offensive lines in the past.


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