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Warriors leave no doubt in season-opening rout

Thomas Tyner runs for 216 yards and scores five TDs in a 45-0 rout of Thurston


ALOHA — Make no mistake about it — the 2011 season is over and done with for the Aloha football team.

The Warriors made that point in the best fashion possible Friday night, pounding Thurston — the team that ended Aloha's injury-plagued '11 season in the playoffs — 45-0 on Friday night at Aloha High School.

“It was a very good team victory,” said Aloha coach Chris Casey. “We just played very solid across the board and we had a great crowd. The guys played a very good first football game.”

Just to drive home the point about putting 2011 behind them, the Warriors highlighted their Friday win with a spectacular performance by senior tailback Thomas Tyner, a player whose injuries a year ago were emblematic of the team's struggles as a whole. Tyner, playing only in the first half, carried the football 10 times for 216 yards and also scored five touchdowns, four on the ground and one through the air.

“Thomas ran very well,” Casey said. “It's fun to see him healthy again and how much he's enjoying playing football again.”

The Warriors kicked off the game with two Tyner TDs in the first quarter, the first of those on a 47-yard run and the second on a 20-yard pass from quarterback CJ Eytel.

There was more of the same in the second quarter, with Tyner breaking scoring runs of 16 yards, 18 yards and 81 yards, those efforts helping the Warriors boost their led to 35-0 at the half.

While Casey is still hoping to see some improvement in his team's downfield blocking, there were a lot of things to like in his offense's Friday performance.

“We had some nice running lanes and seams we opened up at the point of attack,” Casey said. “We got a good initial push (and) a whole host of our running backs ran well. And obviously, Thomas had a great game.”

Calvin Davis added Aloha's final TD on a 35-yard run in the third period, and teammate Mickey York — who was perfect on six extra point attempts — added a 27-yard field goal in the third.

“Obviously, we played very well as an entire team,” Casey said. “For the first game, we're very pleased.”

Davis added 84 yards on 10 carries, and Eytel went 6-of-10 passing for 93 yards, all in the first half.

On Friday, Aloha plays at Tigard at 7 p.m.