On a night that saw running backs Kelvin Taylor and Derrick Henry setting Florida state records, Thomas Tyner was setting records on a national scale three timezones away. Tyner rushed for an Oregon state record 644 yards and 10 touchdowns Friday night, leading Aloha (Or.) over visiting Lakeridge (Or.) 84-63. That mark puts him third on the all-time national list for running yards in a single game behind John Giannatonio who rushed for 754 yards in 1950 and Paul McCoy who recorded a 661-yard game back in 2006.
The 6 foot, 205 pound Tyner committed to Oregon last November, turning down offers from Oregon State, USC and Washington. He was the first commitment for Oregon’s 2013 recruiting class. ESPN notes his “great blend of size and straight-line speed sought after at [the running back] position,” granting him four stars and naming him the top recruit from Oregon. They rank him 104th nationwide.
Tyner carried Aloha over Lakeridge, breaking a 63-63 tie on a 34-yard touchdown run in the middle of the fourth quarter. It was the ninth of his ten touchdowns. He averaged 16.9 yards per carry, while four of his touchdowns came on runs of 60 yards or more. His longest was a 65-yard run in the second quarter. So far this season, Tyner has rushed for 1,230 yards on 80 carries. He’s scored 17 touchdowns in only three games.
Aloha shattered their school record for points in Friday night’s victory. The previous record was set last season in a 56-14 win over Beaverton High School. They will visit Sunset (Or.) High School next Friday night. Lakeridge will hope to bounce back when the host Oregon City that same night.