What's the best way to celebrate an 18th birthday? If you're Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha High senior running back Thomas Tyner, you run for a state single-game record 643 yards and an absolutely astounding 10 touchdowns in a single game … then watch as your team's defense scrambles to hold on to an early season win.
As reported by the Oregonian, Tyner's stats remain unofficial, but so far his night looks like one of the best ever produced by a running back anywhere. Considering the fact that many running backs would be happy to amass 600 yards in a season, getting them all in one night is something else. Tyner's record night surpassed the previous state mark of 508 yards -- set in 2011 by West Albany (Ore.) High back Jake LaCoste -- by more than 100 yards.
You can see the full highlights from Tyner's historic night above.
Incredibly, Aloha needed almost every single one of Tyner's big runs. The Warriors improved to 3-0 with an 84-63 victory, but the win wasn't secure until Aloha pulled in two fourth-quarter interceptions as opposing Lakeridge (Ore.) High continued to fight back behind a strong performance from young quarterback Eric Dungey.
As good as Dungey may have been, Tyner was that much better. He nearly matched Lakeridge's point total himself. The Oregonian's Mike Richman was covering the game and providing tweet-by-tweet updates, leading to the following surreal dispatch at one point in the second quarter:
Aloha. Déjà Vu. Tyner scores again on one play. 65yd TD. Last 3plays for Aloha have been 3 60+ yard Tyner TDs. Lkrdge41-35 1:49, 2Q #opreps
By halftime, Tyner already had 362 yards and five touchdowns … on just 19 carries. As it turns out, those halftime numbers only served notice that Tyner was in the midst of a special night, particularly as Lakeridge kept scoring, pushing Aloha to respond.
The full statistical breakdown from the Oregon commit's performance is even more staggering. By game's end he amassed his 643 yards on 38 carries, finishing with an average of 16.9 yards per carry. Even more incredibly, 26.3 percent of his runs ended in the end zone. That's more than one out of every four times he was handed the ball. Only one of his touchdowns came from 10 yards or fewer, with seven coming from 40 or more yards.
Tyner also now sits third all time in single-game rushing nationally, behind Netcong (N.J.) High legend John Giannantonio's 754 yards in 1950 and a 661-yard performance by Matewan (W.V.) High back Paul McCoy in 2006.
The senior star's 10 touchdowns didn't set a single-game record in Oregon, but it certainly set a new state mark for rushing touchdowns in regulation football; at the same time on Friday, Perrydale (Ore.) High running back Josh Hiebenthal also scored 10 times in an eight-man game.
The 10 scores also gave more push to the claim recently made by some -- including OregonPreps.com's Dirk Knudsen -- that Tyner might be the best running back in state history.
Given that Tyner's best ever game came on his birthday provided even more material for the memory bank, all while providing a nice little present for Oregon fans, who can salivate for just less than a year before presumably getting the record-setter on the field in a Ducks uniform.
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