HEPPNER - The defending Class 2A Amity Warriors had some transportation problems, but managed to hand the Heppner Mustangs a 27-14 nonleague loss Friday in both team's season opener.
Amity, who has won five of the past six Class 2A state football titles, was delayed getting to Heppner by two hours due to a bus break down in Portland.
"We just started the game at 9 p.m.," Heppner head coach Greg Grant said. "I don't think it made that big a difference in the game."
Amity used an 80-yard punt return in the first quarter to steal the momentum from the Mustangs and ran a well-executed offense for the win according to Grant.
"They broke tackles and finished runs," he said. "They're a top-tear team, but I was pleased with the way our kids played."
Heppner Quarterback Mat Van Cleave scored a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Tyler Boyer found the end zone in the fourth quarter from two yards out.
"I thought Matt handled himself very well," Grant said. "We had a few mistakes, but overall it was a pretty good ball game."
Grant noted the defensive efforts of Boyer along with Matt Kenny and the offensive linemen work of Peter Geer and Rory Kilkenny.