Second-ranked Mustangs overwhelm TigerScots, extend football program's league winning streak to 74

Heppner wins its 74th consecutive league game Friday night in Athena.

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ATHENA — Heppner’s Mustangs resembled Thoroughbreds here Friday night during a 49-0 football victory over Blue Mountain Conference rival Weston-McEwen.


Heppner, ranked second in the latest Oregon Class 2A poll, improved to 6-0 in the BMC and 8-0 overall. The Mustangs’ program has now posted 74 consecutive league triumphs.


"It was a good effort by our kids," Heppner coach Greg Grant said. "Our goal was to play our best football and play hard. It was fun to watch.


"Complacency can be a problem, but not when you have high goals and know what you’re doing," Grant said.


W-M slipped to 2-4 and 3-5.


The Mustangs’ defense set the tone for the one-sided affair on the third play from scrimmage when it sacked TigerScots’ starting quarterback Kyle Watts in the end zone for a safety at the 10:46 mark of the first quarter. Heppner’s defense allowed just 14 yards in the first half and 88 for the game.


Jordan Hatfield and Brent Eckman, who rushed for 124 yards on 13 first-half carries, raised the Mustangs’ advantage to 16-0 in the latter stages of the period with touchdown runs of 8 and 5 yards respectively. Hatfield’s score, with 5:22 on the clock, came three plays after an Alex Pickles’ interception and Eckman’s six-pointer, at the 2:39 mark, was set up by a W-M snafu out of punt formation.


Eckman extended Heppner’s spread to 23-0 with a 73-yard run on the first play of quarter two.


Quarterback Chris Lien followed with touchdown passes of 10 yards to Cody Orr with 6:28 left before halftime and 23 yards to Pickles with 3:04 to go to increase the Mustangs’ cushion to 36-0.


Running back Bryan Holland scored from 1 yard out with 1:25 remaining in the frame to bring the score to 42-0.


Hatfield picked up Heppner’s final touchdown of the night — a 53-yard scamper — just 1:13 into the third quarter.


Lien was successful on five of his seven PATs in the game.


"They’re good," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said of the Mustangs. "They are disciplined, well coached, and execute well. They are arguably the best team in the state.


"I was proud of our kids," Hansell said. "They never gave up. I was proud of their effort. Our crowd stayed and cheered to the end. That was special."


The Tiger Scots, who honored seniors Watts, Michael Sherman, Corban Hegdal, Miguel Penaloza, Brandon Garrett, Tylor Bushman, Levi Henderson, and Dakota Brown before the game, close out the regular season Friday at Union.

Heppner 16 26 7 0 —49
Weston-McEwen 0 0 0 0 —0

Hep — Safety: Watts tackled in end zone.
Hep — Hatfield 8 run (Lien kick).
Hep — Eckman 5 run (Lien kick).
Hep — Eckman 73 run (Lien kick).
Hep — Orr 10 pass from Lien (kick failed).
Hep — Pickles 23 pass from Lien (Lien kick).
Hep — Holland 1 run (kick failed).
Hep — Hatfield 53 run (Lien kick).
Heppner W-M
First downs 18 7
Rushes/yards 42-340 30-12
Passing yards 107 76
Passes (att-comp-int) 10-6-0 18-8-2
Punts 0-0 2-44.5
Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 2-16 4-28
Individual Statistics
RUSHING — Heppner: Eckman 13-124, Hatfield 4-107, Holland 8-44, Pickles 1-28, Day 3-17, Propheter 2-15, Lien 3-9, D. Robinson 3-9, Hartoff 1-2, Gorham 1-1, G. Robinson 1-(-4), Bara 1-(-5), Team 1-(-7); Weston-McEwen: Salter 9-30, Christopher 5-14, Penaloza 2-7, Hegdal 1-4, Sherman 1-0, Ramirez 1-(-2), Reich 4-(-5), Team 1-(-8), Watts 6-(-28).
PASSING — Heppner: Lien 6-10-0, 95 yards, 2 TDs; Weston-McEwen: Watts 7-13-1, 44 yards, Reich 1-5-1, 32 yards, 0 TDs.
RECEIVING — Heppner: Pickles 3-62-1, Orr 2-26-1, Hatfield 1-19; Weston-McEwen: Reich 5-23, Speed 2-21, Thul 1-32.

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