Junior Maurice McSwain shows his game to aid Thomas Tyner in Aloha win
Sept. 28, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
The football fans who visited Westview High to see football sensation Thomas Tyner got their fill of his game as he ran for 185 yards on just 16 carries.
But, they also got a glimpse of the team's next all-around standout as junior Maurice McSwain caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Aloha's 50-28 win over the Wildcats in a Metro League game.
Tyner, the 6-foot, 207 pound senior who is headed for the University of Oregon, dazzled the crowd on his first carry by picking his way through the Westview defense and running 75 yards for a touchdown. Later, he ran through a canal-sized hole in the Westview defense for a 48-yard touchdown to give the Warriors a 17-7 lead. A week after carrying the ball 42 times, Tyner carried the ball just 16 times, but finished with 185 yards, an average of nearly 12 yards per carry. Hi's number was called on consecutive plays just three times.
McSwain, a 5-11, 165 pound receiver, caught a pair of passes for 75 yards, including a 34-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback CJ Eytel, and also carried once for 12 yards. His 70-yard kickoff return opened the second half.
Eytel ran for a pair of scores himself as the Warriors improved to 5-0 and stayed atop the Metro League standings. Their state ranking, though, dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 due to Westview's 2-3 record.
"It's big for us to have Maurice be a factor in games," Eytel said. "He's one of the best receivers in the state and when teams see that, they'll have to make sure to cover him and that's only oging to make Thomas that much more dangerous because they can't key on him."
Quarterbacks Julius Rucker, a senior, and Austin Brisbee, a sophomore, guided a pair of scoring drives for the Wildcats, who struggled to move the ball consistently against the Aloha defense, which held Sunset to just eight points last week. Aloha led 43-7 after Eytel scored on a 12-yard run with 7:16 left in the third quarter. Aloha coach Chris Casey sent in the second team offense thereafter.
Aloha faces Beaverton next week, with No. 3 Jesuit on the schedule Oct. 19.
Westview plays at Jesuit Friday.
Jesuit moved from No. 4 to 3 after a hard-fought 27-21 win over Sunset.
Oregon-bound tailback carries 42 times in 13-8 win at Sunset
Sept. 21, 2012
Thomas Tyner followed up his 10-touchdown performance from last week with a 254-yard, two score effort Friday that helped Aloha gut out a 13-8 win at scrappy Sunset among Friday's key scores.
Tyner, who ran for 643 yards in a wild 84-63 win over Lakeridge last week, fumbled twice in the game at Sunset, but had a 41-yard burst for a score to open the fourth quarter. He carried the ball 42 times, which still left his average per carry at 6 yards.
Aloha improved to 4-0, and is No. 1 in the Class 6A rankings - one of six unbeaten teams at the level.
Central Catholic improved to No. 2 after it beat Jesuit, 13-8, at Hillsboro Stadium - the Crusaders dropping only to No. 4 with the loss.
Defending state champion Lake Oswego beat Southridge 28-21 to improve to 4-0.
Sherwood easily remained No. 1 with a 42-0 victory at St. Helens. The Bowmen meet No. 24 Liberty next week.
Gladstone beat Philomath 42-22 but dropped to No. 2 in the rankings behind Klamath Union.