HEPPNER - Alex Pickles of the Heppner Mustangs ran wild for four touchdowns, with 211 yards on the ground on 37 carries, and the Mustangs defeated the Weston-McEwen TigerScots, 46-15, in a Blue Mountain Conference matchup.
Pickles repeatedly pounded the ball up the middle on short runs in the wishbone offense, but enough to keep moving the chains.
The Mustangs picked up 15 first downs in the game.
"Heppner ran the ball well," W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said. "They are well-disciplined, well-coached, block well and follow their blockers. We got beat by a good team tonight."
The score at halftime was 16-7 Mustangs as the TigerScots attempted to match scores with Heppner, but three W-M turnovers in the second half allowed the Mustangs to pull away.
Heppner scored first on the second series of the game.
W-M went three-and out-on the first series and then punted.
The Mustangs, behind Pickles' running, went 62 yards for the score and converted the 2-point conversion.
The TigerScots answered with a score on a slant across the middle to Aaron Speed for a 13-yard TD.
The scoring strike was set up by a pass of 44 yards up the right sideline to Speed and Elliot Salter's 17-yard run.
Heppner ate eight minutes off the clock on its next scoring drive of 80 yards, running the ball up the middle and around the ends.
The Mustangs picked up six first downs on the drive.
W-M drove 37 yards right before the half to attempt a 31-yard field goal, but kicker Jesus Ceja's kick missed wide left.
W-M fumbled on its first two drives of the second half, as quarterback Dallas Reich mishandled the ball on a fake reverse and a QB keeper, losing them to the Mustangs.
The W-M defense stood tall on Heppner's next possession, stopping the Mustangs on fourth-and-2, to turn the ball back over to its offense.
On W-M's next drive, Reich was hit on his blindside as he attempted to throw and fumbled the ball back to Heppner.
The Mustangs took advantage of that turnover and went the 26 yards it needed to score.
That touchdown made it 24-7 with three-and-half minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Heppner squashed the TigerScots on its first drive of the fourth quarter on a 55-yard scoring drive.
That drive put the score at 32-7 with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game.
A Speed 53-yard quick-scoring strike from Reich made it 32-15 after the 2-point conversion was good.
But W-M again couldn't stop Heppner's run offense and the Mustangs scored another running touchdown on a 54-yard drive.
With the score 40-15, Reich zipped a pass to Speed that slipped through his fingertips and bounced right to Heppner cornerback Cam Day. Day returned it 30 yards for the final touchdown of the game.
"Heppner's "D" was tough. They flew around and made plays," Hansell said. "Our kids never gave up, though, and I'm proud of how hard they played."
The TigerScots host Enterprise Friday at 7 p.m. A win gives them second place in the BMC and a playoff berth.
W-M 7 0 0 8 - 15
Heppner 8 8 8 22 - 46
Hep - Pickles 4 run (Pickles run)
W-M - Speed 13 pass from Reich (Ceja kick good)
Hep - Day 2 run (Pickles pass from Gentry)
Hep - Pickles 8 run (Orr pass from Day)
Hep - Pickles 23 run (Pickles run)
W-M - Speed 53 pass from Reich (Babb pass from Reich)
Hep - Pickles 14 run (2 pt. no good)
Hep - Day 30 INT return
First downs 7 15
Rushes/yards 23-95 59-284
Passing yards 158 6
Passes (att comp int) 7-15-1 2-4-0
Punts 2-73 2-57
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-0
Penalties-yards 7-50 3-30
RUSHING - W-M: Salter 8-51, Reich 8-17, Peterson 3-6, Sundin 4-21. Hepp: Pickles 37-211, Day 13-45, Brannon 9-28.
PASSING - W-M: Reich 6-13-1, 136 yards, 2 touchdowns; McGill 1-2-0. Hepp: Day 2-3-0, 6 yards. Pickles 0-1-0.
RECEIVING - W-M: Salter 1-3, Speed 4-124, Babb 1-9, Reich 1-22. Hepp: Pickles 1-3, Orr 1-3.