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Aloha (Ore. ) RB Thomas Tyner scores 5 TDs in playoff win


6:36 PM, Nov. 11, 2012 EST

Could Thomas Tyner (right) be the next in a line of great Oregon running backs?

1. Yulee (Fla.) running back Derrick Henry will likely break Ken Hall's record next week. Henry ran for 409 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-6 defeat of Hamilton County (Jasper, Fla.) on Friday. Henry, who has said he will sign with Alabama, now has 11,131 career rushing yards, just 102 yards short of the national record set by Hall, when he played for Sugar Land, Texas, 58 years ago. Yulee faces Taylor County (Perry) next Friday in a state Class 4A playoff opener.

2. Top-ranked Oregon has help on the way. The Ducks, who moved into the top spot in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll, are looking forward to signing Thomas Tyner of Aloha (Ore.). Tyner, who ran for 643 yards and 10 touchowns in his team's 84-63 defeat of Lakeridge (Lake Oswego, Ore.) on Sept. 14, had 438 yards and five touchdowns in a 38-35 first-round 6A playoff defeat of Glencoe (Hillsboro, Ore.), on Friday.

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3. Will Grier's right arm might be sore. The Davidson (N.C.) Day junior quarterback, threw for a national-record 837 yards in his team's 104-80 (yes, it was football) defeat of Harrells (N.C.) Christian in the North Carolina Independent Schools Division II semfinal. Grier surpassed the record of 764 yards, set in 2000 by Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles) quarterback David Koral.

4. Colquitt County has Camden County's number. It's hard to call it an upset since the same thing happened last season, but for the second consecutive year, a lower-ranked Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) team kept Camden County from a perfect record. Last season, Colquitt defeated Camden County 33-32 to eliminate the Wildcats from the playoffs. This season, Colquitt (7-3) defeated No. 5 Camden County 13-12 in the teams' final regular-season game, dropping the Wildcats to 9-1.

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5. Bumper crop of Corn. Rivals says that Corn Elder is the No. 13 running back in the 2013 class. Based on his results this season, a promotion may be in order. Elder ran for four touchdowns to lead the No. 14 Tigers to a 37-7 playoff defeat of McCallie (Chattanooga) on Friday. For the season, he has 2,111 yards and 33 touchdowns. That's a career for some backs.

 

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