First-half outburst lifts Warriors to win
Aloha builds up a 42-6 halftime lead and beats Beaverton 42-22
ALOHA The Aloha football team features the greatest sprinter in Oregon history, and like a great sprinter in an early heat, the Warriors raced out to a big lead on Friday night, then coasted home to win easily.
Metro League-leading Aloha piled up 42 points in the first half cleaning up on five touchdown runs from senior tailback Thomas Tyner and used that fast start to knock off Beaverton 42-22 at Aloha High School. The win lifted Aloha's Metro record to 3-0 (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 touchdowns 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.
For their part, the Beavers just wanted to continue improving and 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 60 yards to score. But you can't replicate that speed in practice because there's no one like that.
The Warriors came out strong on Friday and took the game's opening drive back 71 to score, with Tyner carrying five times for 58 yards, the last of those from six yards out for the score.
The Beavers answered late in the quarter, though, when Aloha snapped that ball over Eytel's head on an attempted punt and Marshall scooped it up and raced 60 yards to score and cut the Aloha lead to 7-6.
The Warriors hardly blinked, though, with McSwain's 52-yard kick return setting up Tyner's second TD run, this one from seven yards out to make it 14-7. McSwain got the ball back five plays later on an interception, and after that, Tyner was back in just three plays, breaking off a 93-yard run to make it 21-6 with two seconds left in the first quarter.
There was more good stuff in the second quarter too, with Tyner breaking TD runs of 30 and 28 yards, and Eytel hitting McSwain for a four-yard TD pass with 1:51 to go in the half.
The Beavers tried to rally in the second half, getting a safety, a one-yard Malik Fontleroy-Smith TD run and a seven-yard Xavier Rosevear scoring run for the final margin, but it was far too little and too late.
To see a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.