The Crusaders throw it, run it, and contain Aloha tailback Tyner
BEAVERTON The Jesuit football did what no one else in the state had been able to do.
Indeed, the No. 8 Crusaders did what no one thought was possible they slowed down Aloha star tailback Thomas Tyner.
Jesuit, hosting the third-ranked Aloha Warriors on Friday night at Jesuit High School, limited Tyner to 100 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, and that effort along with its most complete offensive performance of the year lifted the Crusaders to an overwhelming 56-13 victory.
The win lifted Jesuit's Metro League record to 3-1 (6-2 overall) and gives the Crusaders a shot at a piece of the 2012 league crown if they can beat Beaverton next week. Jesuit plays at Beaverton at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
We did a great job on defense stopping Thomas Tyner, our pass defense was good and our Franchise, our offensive linemen, did a great job getting off the ball this game and getting a good push, said Jesuit junior running back/linebacker Joey Alfieri, who had 86 yards in total offense and scored one rushing touchdown and one receiving TD.
I think we did a really good job reading our keys and not getting caught trying to chase down their guys, not trying to make a play for ourselves, said Jesuit junior tight end Henry Mondeaux, who had two rushing touchdowns and also made an interception. We did a good job of locking it up and doing our jobs.
Aloha, meanwhile, lost for the first time this season and saw its Metro record fall to 3-1 (7-1 overall), but still has a shot at winning a piece of the '12 league crown if it can beat Southridge on Friday. Aloha hosts Southridge at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
I felt like we came in strong. We knew what we needed to do, but they just beat us up, said Aloha junior wide receiver/defensive back Maurice McSwain, who made three catches for 27 yards and also picked off a Jesuit pass.
Jesuit grabbed a 6-0 lead when Mondeaux took an end around for 11 yards and a touchdown midway through the first quarter, then stretched that edge to 14-0 in the second period when quarterback Elliott Nistler connected with Alfieri for a nine-yard score, then hit Alfieri again for the conversion.
Aloha answered with its first score less than a minute later, with Tyner making a 62-yard kickoff return tot he Crusader 17-yard line, and Tyner scoring two plays later on a 13-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-6.
Jesuit just kept driving though, and came back with a 70-yard scoring march capped by sophomore running back Chase Morrison's 40-yard TD run for a 21-6 edge.
The Crusaders were back in the end zone just four plays later, getting the ball back when Mondeaux picked off a tipped pass and Alfieri added a two-yard run for a score and a 28-6 lead at halftime.
The Warriors, dealing with the loss of senior lineman Michael Kluge and senior quarterback CJ Eytel they were hurt on consecutive plays at the start of the second quarter came back with a big kick return by McSwain that set up a two-yard Tyner run seven plays later and brought their team back within 28-13.
But that was the end of the highlights for Aloha. The Warriors wouldn't score again, while the Crusaders put together four straight touchdown drives, getting a 25-yard end around for a TD from Trent Werner, an eight-yard end-around for a score from Mondeaux, a nine-yard fumble recovery for a score by Braden Nelson, and a 25-yard interception return for a score by Xavier Coleman with 5:05 left in the game.
To see a complete game story and ore photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.