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September 20, 2013

Timberlane running back Furey looks to emerge from shadow of record-setting brother

PLAISTOW — Tyler Furey was on top of the world.

After rushing for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Timberlane’s season-opening win two weeks ago, the Owls sophomore halfback was bursting with excitement to turn on the New Hampshire “Friday Night Lights” high school football highlight show to hear his name.

Then it happened.

Timberlane led by “Derek” Furey, the anchor said.

“I just said, ‘Oh man!’” Tyler remembered with a laugh. “‘Figures.’”

Thus is life as the little brother of one of the most prolific backs in New Hampshire state history, who made his legend in the same school’s jersey.

“He came running into my room pretty mad,” said older brother Derek. “I gave him some trouble about it. But I am really so proud of him. To see the improvement he has made is amazing. He has grown so much. His potential is as high as he wants it to be, and he has already become a heck of a back.”

Tyler Furey has taken on the role as go-to running back in Timberlane’s run-heavy power-I offense this season with 304 yards — four behind Pinkerton star Manny Latimore for the area high this season — and three touchdowns in his squad’s first two games, following in the mammoth footsteps of his brother, Owls great Derek Furey (class of 2010), a former Eagle-Tribune All-Star who finished his career with 4,226 yards and 51 touchdowns.

“Tyler has stepped up and is a very good combination of size and speed,” said Owls coach Kevin Fitzgerald. “He’s similar and different from his brother. Derek was more shifty and Tyler is more of a power back. But one thing is that they both want the football. Derek would take it 100 times a game if you would give it to him, and Tyler is proving to be the same way.”

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