ATHENA – The home team – the Weston-McEwen TigerScot football team – made it too easy on the visiting Heppner Mustangs here Friday night early on in the game.
Weston-McEwen struggled to stay close with Heppner for awhile but eventually fell in the regular season finale, 40-6, to the Mustangs in Blue Mountain Conference action.
On the opening drive of the game and the third play from the line of scrimmage, W-M quarterback Erick Washburn threw an interception – deep in his own territory.
After the CJ Kindle pick, the Mustangs took over on the TigerScot 27-yard line. Heppner cashed in on a 7-yard touchdown run by Brian Rill on their third offensive play of the game.
The two-point conversion run by Kindle quickly made the score, 8-0, after 1:17 into the game.
The two teams traded punts next before the TigerScots made it easy on the Mustangs again.
On fourth and long, the TigerScots’ punter Linton McAllister, was tackled for a loss on a fake punt run deep in his own territory.
The Mustangs started at W-M twenty yard line and ran it into score on one play by Kindle.
It was 14-0 with 3:25 remaining in the first quarter.
With 7:34 left in the second quarter, Washburn passed the ball about 20 yards in the air to Lance Thacker, who ran the remaining 66 yards for the score.
The TigerScot touchdown breathed some life into the team and crowd. The T.D. also made the score just 14-6, Mustangs.
The Mustang offense would then buckle down and score two more touchdowns on long drives of 72 and 73 yards before half to make the score 26-6, Heppner, at the intermission.
On the night, Heppner ran the ball 39 times for 255 yards.
The Mustangs were led by Rill, who had 123 yards running and four scores.
The offensive star for W-M was Thacker who had the long touchdown catch and four others for a grand total of 135 yards.
“They’re (Heppner) well-coached, well-disciplined. They play hard and they play well together,” W-M coach Kenzie Hansell said.”Give to Heppner, they brought to us and attacked us. We are going to get better next week and get ready for the playoffs.
“We played a good team tonight that executes well and does what they do well.
“I think they capitalized on the opportunities throughout the game. We had our opportunities but we didn’t capitalize. We need to do a better job and we will.”
The TigerScots (5-2 BMC), who clinched nothing worse than a third-place finish in the league last week, will now ready themselves for the state playoffs. The brackets with times and locations will soon be posted on OSAA.org.
Heppner 40, Weston-McEwen 6
W-M 0 6 0 0 -- 6
Hepp 14 12 14 0 -- 40
Hepp Rill 7 run (Kindle two-point run).
Hepp Kindle 20 run (two-point failed).
W-M 86 Thacker pass from Washburn (kick failed).
Hepp Rill 8 run (two-point failed).
Hepp Rill 11 run (two-point failed).
Hepp Rill 2 run (two-point failed).
Hepp 8 Corbin pass from Clark (Kindle two-point run).
First downs 16 9
Rushes/ yards 39-255 28-75
Passing yards 154 123
Passes (att-com-int) 11-20-1 7-16-3
Punts 2-82 5-195
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-0
Penalties-yards 6-65 2-25
RUSHING – W-M: Washburn 5-22, Reger 8-35, Simpson 3-3, L. McAllister 3-(-19), B. McAllister 8-24, Betts 1-2; Hepp: Rill 19-123-4, Clark 3-6, Bailey 7-63, Kindle 7-53-1, Bredfield 3-6.
PASSING – W-M: Washburn 7-16, 137 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions; Hepp: Clark 11-20, 154 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception.