thomas tyner

Aloha survives Glencoe's upset bid, 38-35

Tyner runs for 440 yards, but stings the Crimson Tide with his receiving
Nov. 9, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Glencoe almost humbled the Aloha football team despite giving up 440 yards and four touchdowns on the ground to the state's best running back, senior Thomas Tyner.

Then, the Warriors showed off Tyner's pass-catching abilities and survived to play the next round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs with a 38-35 victory at home Friday night in the first round of the 32-team playoff bracket.

Tyner caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from junior Nick Krautscheid with 2:13 left to cap a 16-play, 85-yard drive, and junior Maurice McSwain came up with an interception on Glencoe's ensuing possession to seal the victory.

With the win, the Warriors, 8-2, advanced to the second round and will play at home Friday against West Salem, which beat Grant 13-12.

Glencoe got four touchdown runs by senior Ryan Spaulding and held Tyner, who is headed for the University of Oregon, to just 80 yards on 20 carries for most of the second half, but couldn't overcome the deficit that the Warriors created with a 34-yard field goal by senior CJ Eytel with four seconds left in the first half. The Crimson Tide finished at 6-5 on the season.

Tyner rolled up 360 yards on just 17 carries when he rambled 67 yards for a score early in the third quarter to put Aloha up 31-21.

Glencoe trailed 17-14 at the half, but scored on just four plays for a 21-17 lead when senior Ryan England ran 20 yards to complete the drive. Tyner answered with a 65-yard scoring run on one play. After a Glencoe punt, scored again on one play for the 31-21 lead.

Glencoe answered with a kickoff return to the Aloha 15, which set up Spaulding for a score on the next play to bring the score to 31-28 with 8:03 left in the third quarter.

The Crimson Tide captured the lead on a 7-yard run by Spaulding with 10:40 left in the game. Aloha botched the kickoff and started at its 15. The Warriors continually reached third down on the drive, but managed to survied each time and eventually scored the winning points on a third down.

Sherwood keeps rolling with big win at Wilsonville

Games at Southridge, Wilsonville and Scio put rankings to a test
Oct. 12, 2012

Sherwood scored another victory and moved into the top spot among Class 5A football teams Friday with a 35-14 victory at Wilsonville in a Northwest Oregon Conference game.

The Bowmen have lost just once in the past three seasons - the state championship game last year - and improved to 33-1 during that span. They also moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 in the OSAA Power Rankings. Despite the loss, Wilsonville, which held Sherwood to its lowest point total of the season, also moved up - from No. 5 to No. 4.

With neither team likely to lose in the next two weeks, they'll both have the week of No. 2 off as the state playoffs begin with Play-In games involving the teams ranked No. 9 through 24.

In other big games Friday, Southridge scored a huge upset at home against Jesuit, 26-21, which only put more drama into the final two weeks of the season with No. 3 Aloha playing both Jesuit and Southridge in those weeks.

Aloha survived a determined effort from Grant with a 24-16 win. The Warriors play at Jesuit this week.

In Class 3A, Scio scored a 24-21 victory over defending champion Santiam Christian and remained at No. 3 behind Cascade Christian at No. 2 and Dayton at No. 1.



Oct. 10, 2012

One of the state's best football rivalries, the start of a two-game playoff preparation series for Jesuit and another test for a small-school power highlight this weekend's high school games, which contain mostly routine games - or opportunities for big upsets - Thursday night.

No. 3 Sherwood plays at No. 4 Wilsonville for the top spot in the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference, a key position in terms of state playoff seeding and home field advantage, Friday at 7 p.m.

Sherwood enters the game at 6-0 and has outscored opponents by a whopping 309-74, and handed No. 9 Marist its lone loss, 34-20. The Bowmen played in the last two state title games, winning in 2010 before losing last year's final 14-13 to Mountain View.

Wilsonville (5-1) has outscored its opponents 288-88 in its five wins, and has lost only to Sprague of Salem, which is ranked No. 5 at Class 6A. The Wildcats, who were state champions at Class 3A in 2004, have been as far as the semifinals only once since the OSAA moved to six classifications in 2006.

In Class 6A, No. 3 Aloha (6-0) gets to host a rematch with Grant, which handed it a loss last season at Grant Park. The Generals are ranked only 30th and are 3-3 overall, but lost just 42-28 to Sunset and 36-33 two weeks ago at Sprague and to No. 13 Sunset.

No. 4 Jesuit plays at No. 8 Southridge Friday as well, a week before a home game with Aloha. Jesuit has lost just to No. 2 Central Catholic, while Southridge is 3-3 with its three losses by 10 or fewer  points. The Skyhawks play Aloha in two weeks.

At Class 3A, defending state champion and fifth-ranked Santiam Christian plays host to No. 3 Scio in a PacWest Conference battle. Scio played in the last three Class 2A state chammpionship games - winning in 2009 and '10, before the school moved up due to its attendance figures. Scio (5-1) has scored 54 points or more in four of its five wins and lost only to top-ranked Dayton (5-0), which lost in the state title game last season. Santiam Christian (5-1) has scored 41 points or more in all of its wins and lost only to No. 2 Cascade Christian (6-0) in its season opener.

Is there a limit to Thomas Tyner?

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 6:29pm
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After a 10-TD performance, and another two scores and 254 yards, Thomas Tyner has the community at Aloha High School looking directly at a second Class 6A state title in three years, something that would still be stunning for a school stuck at the bottom of the Metro League for decades.

The energy starts with Tyner, a senior running back already headed for the University of Oregon. Two weeks ago, Tyner ran for 10 touchdowns in an 84-63 win over Lakeridge. Then, Tyner's two scores and the team's solid defense beat Sunset 13-8 to improve the Apollos to 4-0 overall.

While Tyner's season has dazzled the state and prep fans across the Northwest, there's one number that's got a bit of intruigue in it - 42 - as in times Tyner carried the ball Friday night.

At 42 carries, that's more than 10 per quarter, which is something very few college and no professional coaches would dole out to a running back.

After reading about those 42 carries, it's again intruiguing to wonder if the University of Oregon got in touch with Aloha coach Chris Casey and asked if they had another back who could use some extra work to showcase their skills to the college world?

The U of O, as we know, is all about making things happen in the football world, and that requires healthy players. If Tyner gets the ball 42 times a game and gets worn out before he even gets to Eugene, how's he going to wind up on the cover of Sports Illustrated?

Tyner's 10 TDs, those UO reps could be casually pointing out, were against a defense that gave up 49 points the previous week and 59 points in its next game. Was Tyner the lone player in the Aloha backfield who could've scored more than a couple touchdowns?

And 42 carries. Westview, Aloha's opponent Friday, has given up four or five touchdowns in three of its four games this season.Even if the game is tight like the Sunset game, those same reps could be pointing out a team doesn't win any playoff games in September.

There's likely to be plenty of attention focused on Tyner for the rest of the season, but one misstep and his season, and maybe career, goes onto physical therapy.Forty-two carries is likely to be his career high, and I'd wager a few bacon cheeseburgers at any local restaurant he doesn't get 30 carries in any game - even against Jesuit - until, perhaps, the state final. That's when you know he's gotten the attention of the Ducks, not so much for what he's done on the playing field, but for what the Ducks don't want him doing anymore - getting hurt.




Tyner leads Aloha to another win

Oregon-bound tailback carries 42 times in 13-8 win at Sunset
Sept. 21, 2012

Thomas Tyner followed up his 10-touchdown performance from last week with a 254-yard, two score effort Friday that helped Aloha gut out a 13-8 win at scrappy Sunset among Friday's key scores.

Tyner, who ran for 643 yards in a wild 84-63 win over Lakeridge last week, fumbled twice in the game at Sunset, but had a 41-yard burst for a score to open the fourth quarter. He carried the ball 42 times, which still left his average per carry at 6 yards.

Aloha improved to 4-0, and is No. 1 in the Class 6A rankings - one of six unbeaten teams at the level.

Central Catholic improved to No. 2 after it beat Jesuit, 13-8, at Hillsboro Stadium - the Crusaders dropping only to No. 4 with the loss.

Defending state champion Lake Oswego beat Southridge 28-21 to improve to 4-0.


Sherwood easily remained No. 1 with a 42-0 victory at St. Helens. The Bowmen meet No. 24 Liberty next week.


Gladstone beat Philomath 42-22 but dropped to No. 2 in the rankings behind Klamath Union.


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