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Aloha picks up right where it left off

The defending state champion Warriors lead 35-0 before settling for a 35-12 victory
by: Miles Vance BIG TIME — Aloha junior tailback Thomas Tyner celebrates the first of his two touchdowns in Aloha's 35-12 home win over Lincoln on Friday night.

ALOHA - The Warriors couldn't wait for this one.

The Aloha football team, playing its first game since winning the 2010 Class 6A state championship, kicked off 2011 in fine fashion, rolling past Lincoln 35-12 at Aloha High School on Friday night.

"It felt great. The offense was going," said Aloha senior quarterback Cory Sinner, who completed 9-of-12 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another. "We stuck up 35 (points) real quick so I was feeling great. It was a good first game."

"We had a great start tonight and I'm very proud of this team," added junior tailback Thomas Tyner, who finished with 184 yards rushing and two TDs on 18 carries. "Getting out today, Friday, in front of your whole community, it feels great."

Aloha marched 56 yards on seven plays to grab a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard Sinner-to-Ray Ayo TD pass just over three minutes into the game, and the Warriors boosted that edge to 14-0 later in the period when Sinner hit Ryan Russo for a 22-yard score.

The Warriors tacked on two more touchdowns in the second period to make it 28-0 at the break, Tyner capping a 95-yard drive with a 5-yard scoring run, and Sinner breaking off a 19-yard TD run with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left in the half.

Aloha extended that edge to 35-0 on its first position of the second half when Tyner took a toss around left end for a 2-yard score.

The Warriors called off the dogs then and there, however, and Lincoln came through with two scores in the fourth quarter, the first on a 24-yard Koleman Vance-to-Spencer Rotenburg pass, the second on a 4-yard Andrew Ellsworth run.

Aloha hosts Tualatin at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, while Lincoln hosts Southridge at 4 p.m. Friday at Jeld-Wen Field.

To see a complete game story and more photos, see next week's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.