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Aloha closes out its non-league schedule with a 47-40 defeat

Aloha closes out its non-league schedule with a 47-40 defeat

ALOHA - This wasn't exactly what the Aloha football team was hoping for.

The Warriors, the defending Class 6A state champions, lost for the second straight time on Friday night, dropping a 47-40 decision to ascendant Lakeridge at Aloha High School.

The loss concluded the Warriors' non-league schedule at 2-2 while the Pacers improved to 4-0.

While Aloha came up short on the scoreboard, there were still plenty of things to recommend about its performance.

After falling behind 33-20 at halftime - due in great part to three touchdown passes from Pacer quarterback Tom Knecht - the Warriors rallied for a 20-14 edge in the game's final two quarters and very nearly put themselves in a position to win.

Further, the Aloha running game, after struggling mightily against Grant a week earlier, produced 440 yards on 45 carries, with junior tailback Thomas Tyner rushing 20 times for 177 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury, and senior back Ryan Russo stepping up for a career-high 218 yards and two more scores.

While Aloha held the upper hand in the second half, Lakeridge did what it needed to do to secure its fourth

straight victory, with Blake Dutton rushing for one touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth to keep the Pacers in the lead.

Aloha's other scores came from Tyner's 99-yard kickoff return, an 33-yard Maurice McSwain reception from Cory Sinner, and an 18-yard Sinner run.

On Friday: Aloha opens Metro League play at Westview, 7:30 p.m.