Tualatin tipped in title-game rematch
Football: The Wolves lead most of the way, but Aloha rallies to get the win
ALOHA - The Tualatin High School football team didn't get the bit of revenge it may have wanted.
But the Timberwolves came close - and they were pleased with the effort.
In a rematch of the 2010 Class 6A state championship game, the Timberwolves were edged 14-10 by Aloha in a non-league contest played Friday at Aloha High School.
'It was a heck of a ball game,' Tualatin coach Rob Hastin said. 'Both teams played hard and it was a big-time environment. It was a big improvement from the week before. We took a big step forward.'
Aloha, which beat Tualatin 34-13 in last year's state championship game, improved to 2-0 on the season with the win. The Timberwolves saw their season record evened at 1-1.
Tualatin, in Friday's game, took a 7-0 lead when senior quarterback Travis Johnson connected with junior running back for a 69-yard touchdown pass play coming with 41 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
'That was exciting,' Hastin said. 'Travis threw a good pass and Jeff got the ball and took off.'
The Wolves kept that 7-0 lead throughout the rest of the first half.
Tualatin pushed the margin to 10-0 when senior Nathan Suyematsu booted a 28-yard field goal with 6:54 left in the third quarter. It was Suyematsu's third field goal of the year already.
Aloha stormed back to trim the lead to 10-7 when junior Thomas Tyner scored on a 62-yard run with 3:50 left in the third quarter.
Then, following a Tualatin turnover in the fourth quarter, Aloha put together the game-winning drive, which was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cory Sinner coming with 1:22 left to play in the contest.
'We came out and played hard, but we just made some mistakes at the end,' Hastin said.
Senior Brady Watts was Tualatin's leading rusher in the contest with 93 yards on 19 carries. Johnson completed six of 15 pass attempts for 123 yards. Williams had two receptions for 76 yards.
For Aloha, Tyner rushed for 295 yards on 36 carries.
The Wolves will open defense of their Pacific Conference championship Friday when they host Hillsboro in a league opener set to start at 7 p.m. at Tualatin High School. The Spartans are 0-2 on the season.