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Warriors race past Beavs to stay perfect


Aloha racks up 42 first-half points to beat Beaverton 42-22 on Friday

ALOHA — Step on it.

The Aloha football team did just that on Friday night, blasting out to a 42-6 halftime lead against Beaverton, and coasting home for a 42-22 win on homecoming night at Aloha High School.

by: MILES VANCE - THERE HE GOES - Aloha senior tailback Thomas Tyner breaks a tackle by Beaverton's Davasyia Hagger en route to one of his five first-half touchdowns in the Warriors 42-22 home win on Friday night.

The Metro League-leading Warriors built their victory on five touchdown runs from senior tailback Thomas Tyner and used that to improve their record to 3-0 in Metro play (6-0 overall) while the Beavers lost for the second straight time and fell to 0-2 (4-2).

“You only play high school football once so we’re getting the most out of it,” said Tyner, who finished with 320 yards and five TDs on 15 carries Friday night, all in the first half. “The coaches tell us to embrace every moment of it and that’s what we’re doing.”

“That was the goal today, to come in and put the game out of reach early,” said Aloha senior quarterback CJ Eytel, who notched his team’s other score on a four-yard TD pass to Maurice McSwain. “We wanted to get it over with.”

“We’re feeling good,” said senior guard Michael Kluge. “Our defense stepped up a notch, and our offensive line just struck a mine off the bat. It was good to set the tone early.”

For their part, the Beavers just wanted to continue improving but knew they’d seen something special and different in Aloha.

“At the start of the game, we were just trying to slow ... (Tyner) down but we didn’t have too successful of a half,” said Beaverton senior linebacker Greg Marshall, who scored his team’s first touchdown when he recovered a fumble and took it back 68 yards to score. “But you can’t replicate that speed in practice because there’s no one like that.”

“They are a big, fast team that I expect to go a long ways,” said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. “But I was proud of our guys that they never gave up.”

by: MILES VANCE - CUTTING UP - Beaverton senior Jaden Brands turns upfield on a kickoff return during his teams 42-22 Metro League loss to Aloha at Aloha High School on Friday night.

The Warriors came out strong on Friday and took the game’s opening drive back 71 yards to score, with Tyner carrying five times for 58 yards, the last of those from six yards out for the score. Mickey York hit the first of his six extra points to make it 7-0. Eytel picked up the other 13 yards on a keeper around left end for another first down on the drive.

The Beavers answered late in the quarter, though, when Aloha snapped the ball over Eytel’s head on an attempted punt and Marshall scooped it up and raced 68 yards to score and cut the Aloha lead to 7-6.

“I’m surprised no one caught me there,” Marshall said. “But something let me keep my feet and then it was a race.”

The Warriors hardly blinked, though, with McSwain returning the ensuing kickoff 52 yards to the Beaverton 18. From there, Tyner picked up 11 yards on the Warriors’ first play, then scored on a dive from seven yards out to make it 14-7.

McSwain got the ball back five plays later on an interception of a Bryce Barker throw at the Beaver one-yard line, and Tyner was back in the end zone in just three plays. Facing a third-and-four from the seven-yard line, Tyner went around left end, turned on the afterburners and broke a 93-yard run to make it 21-6 with two seconds left in the first quarter.

“The line always does a good job so I wasn’t surprised,” Tyner said. “They opened up big holes.”

“Thomas ran well again,” Eytel said. “If he does that every week, we won’t even need to throw the ball.”

There was more good stuff in the second quarter too, with Aloha’s defense forcing a three-and-out at the start of the frame, and the offense going 52 yards in seven plays to score again. On that drive, Aloha converted a fourth-and-two with a direct snap to McSwain on an apparent punt, and later, Tyner took a toss around left end for 30 yards and the score.

After another quick stop by the Aloha “D,” the Warriors scored again in just four plays to make it 35-6, with Tyner again doing the scoring honors on a 28-yard TD run.

The Warrior defense and McSwain stepped up next on the Beavers’ following series, forcing a quick stop and a punt that McSwain returned 51 yards to the Beaverton seven-yard line. Then, facing third-and-goal from the four, Eytel hit McSwain on a play-action pass for a four-yard TD pass that made it 42-6 with 1:51 to go in the half.

The Beavers tried to rally in the second half, and did manage to outscore Aloha 16-0 in the game’s final two periods, but just couldn’t score often enough or quickly enough to get back into contention.

First, the Beavers got a safety when Aloha snapped the ball over Eytel’s head on a punt and he recovered it and stepped out of the back of the end zone near the end of the third period. Next, the Beavers drove 59 yards to score three minutes into the fourth quarter, getting four carries for 37 yards from Malik Fontleroy-Smith, including a one-yard TD run to make it 42-15.

And finally, with 3:21 left on the clock, the Beavers got a seven-yard Xavier Rosevear scoring run for the final margin.

“We regrouped at halftime,” Marshall said. “We knew it would be a tough ending, but there’s always more games and we’ve got to get better so we came back working hard in the second half to get better each week.”

For the game, Fontleroy-Smith carried 16 times for 104 yards, but Barker completed just 10-of-31 passes for 103 yards, two of those to Chris Sutherland for 47 yards.

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