The Aloha senior now owns Oregon's single-game and single-season rushing records

ALOHA — Aloha tailback Thomas Tyner finished his high school football career on Friday night, and he finished it right where so many had predicted he would — as the best back in Oregon history.

by: MILES VANCE - HE'S NO. 1 - Aloha senior Thomas Tyner closed out his career Friday by setting Oregon's single-season rushing record.

Tyner and the Warriors lost their season finale to West Salem on Friday, but despite that, it would be pretty hard to peg Tyner as anything other than a winner. Along with the help of his talented offensive line, Tyner put together another memorable performance, churning out 164 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries (he also added two long kickoff returns for touchdowns).

That result lifted Tyner into the record books as Oregon’s greatest single-season rusher, finishing his senior year with 3405 yards on 299 carries, eclipsing the previous state record of 3335 yards set in 2006 by Sisters’ Cory McCaffrey, who was on hand at Aloha on Friday night.

“Records were set tonight, and I did it with people I’ve been playing with since the third grade so it’s even more special,” said Tyner, whose kick returns measured 86 and 70 yards.

“It’s something that I’ll remember the rest of my life,” senior lineman AJ McCollum said of Tyner’s rushing record. “A lot of it goes out to the line — we all came out and practiced hard every practice and it showed on Friday nights.”

“It’s a great honor,” added Aloha senior tackle Brayden Kearsley. “We’re brothers. We’re always together, at lunch, at school, after practice and our communication’s great. We really fight for each other, believe in each other and trust each other.”

Tyner’s Friday-night touchdowns came on runs of 14, six, 50 and six yards, with the new state record set on his 50-yard jaunt with 4 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the first half. The Warriors had just recovered an onside kick at midfield, and the rest was all classic Tyner and his Aloha offensive line.

Quarterback Nick Krautscheid took the snap from McCollum and tossed the ball to Tyner, who raced around the blocks set up on the right side by Calvin Liggins and Ryan Papenfuhs, turned upfield, cut back and left the defense far behind to score his fourth TD of the game.

“It’s something special,” Tyner said. “To get to spend this moment, and my whole high school career here at Aloha, makes it even more special.”

The Aloha line also included Mike Kluge, Bryson Sullivan, Joseph Romero, Sam Klingsporn and Jason Richie, a group that helped Tyner — the 2010 Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year — come back strong from an injury-plagued 2011 that included a pulled hamstring and a concussion. On the year, he finished with 43 rushing touchdowns, two receiving TDs and two kick returns for scores, that effort highlighted by his single-game record of 643 rushing yards and 10 TDs vs. Lakeridge on Sept. 14.

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