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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thomas Tyner rushes for 644 yards news services

Aloha High School running back Thomas Tyner ran for 644 yards to set an Oregon state record on Friday night.

Nationally, Tyner's feat is the all-time third-highest single game rushing total, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.

Tyner, an Oregon recruit, carried the ball 38 times and scored 10 touchdowns in Aloha's 84-63 win over Lakeridge, and he did it all on his 18th birthday.

"The beginning of the game I saw in the guys eyes. We were ready to play," Tyner told the Oregonian.

Tyner, who also played on defense, scored on runs of 20, 41, 62, 60 and 65 yards in the first half.

He credited his offensive line, telling the Oregonian it was the "best in the state."

"They opened up the holes, I would've never done it without them," he told the newspaper.

The national high school record for rushing yards in a game belongs to John Giannantonio of Netcong, N.J., who ran for 754 yards in 1950. Paul McCoy of Matewan, W.Va., ran for 661 yards in 2006, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.