The Mustang’s first round game in the 2A state playoffs ended in a 34-0 loss to the Kennedy Trojans on Friday night at home.
Heppner allowed touchdowns in the first, second and fourth quarters and two in the third. Trojans running back Emorej Lynk rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Heppner running back Blake Wolters rushed for 47 yards, and wide receiver Mason Lehman ran for 29 yards.
“It was a pretty good game in the beginning, but we struggled with our speed and athleticism,” said Heppner coach Greg Grant. “They overpowered us — they were more physical up front than we expected them to be.”
Mustangs quarterback Jayden Wilson went down with a leg injury in the second quarter when the score was 7-0. He sat out the rest of the game. Grant says the team’s offense wasn’t able to recover from the blow. But the coach maintained a positive outlook on Heppner’s otherwise stellar 7-2 season despite the season-ending loss. They were ranked No. 8 in the 2A Special District 6 coming into the game.
“It was a great year for our kids overall,” Grant said.
ADRIAN/JORDAN VALLEY 28, PILOT ROCK/NIXYAAWII 6 - After last week’s nonleague loss to the Adrian Antelopes, the Rockets couldn’t muster a rebound win when they faced the No. 5-ranked team again in round one of the 1A playoffs on Friday at Adrian’s turf.
Pilot Rock ended their at 6-3 overall record, and 6-1 for the 1A Special District 3 in the west. They were ranked No. 12 coming into the game.