HEPPNER — Third-ranked Heppner didn’t waste any time asserting itself in the first round of the 2A football playoffs

The Mustangs made quick work of Reedsport Charter, scoring three quick touchdowns in the first quarter before coasting to a 48-8 win Saturday afternoon.

Heppner (10-0) advances to the quarterfinals where it will play host to third-ranked Monroe (8-1) at 1 p.m next Saturday.

“I thought our kids played really well in the first quarter,” Heppner coach Greg Grant said. “It was almost too easy and we started to let up in the second quarter. In the second half, though, they decided to put the game away.”

Senior running back Brian Rill rushed for 126 yards on 11 carries for the Mustangs and had three touchdowns.

Heppner totalled 348 yards on the ground and went to the air just 10 times.

Quarterback Kaden Clark completed 6 of 10 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, a 40-yard connection to Jordan Bailey.

“It was a good day to play football in Heppner,” Grant said.

Reedsport Charter (7-3), the third-place team out of Special District I, ran a fly-sweep offense known to catch defenses off guard.

But the Mustangs didn’t bite on the myriad fake handoffs and misdirection, holding Charter to just 149 yards of offense.

“(Charter) did a nice job of executing their package,” Grant said. “But once we decided to get after it, we were a totally different team.”

Tommy Bredfield had nine tackles to lead Heppner, which came up with three interceptions.

KNAPPA 42 WESTON-MCEWEN 7 — At Astoria, the TigerScots trailed just 14-7 late in the third quarter of a first round 2A playoff game.

Then the wheels fell off.

Knappa (7-2) took advantage of five Weston-McEwen turnovers and rolled onto the state quarterfinals.

“Knappa had big plays,” Weston-McEwen coach Kenzie Hansell said. “Give them credit, they took advantage of our turnovers.”

Weston-McEwen (5-5), which finished third in the Blue Mountain Conference, was led by junior quarterback Erick Washburn.

Washburn completed 7 of 13 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown pass to Lance Thachker, but was intercepted twice.

Linton McAllister hauled in three of those passes for 97 yards. The young TigerScots lose just six seniors from a roster of 50 players.

“We’re going to miss their leadership,” Hansell said. “

REGIS 61, STANFIELD 0 — At Stayton, Stanfield fell into a buzzsaw against the second-ranked Rams.

No report was received from the first-round playoff game at Regis (10-1)

Stanfield (6-4), the fourth-place team out of the Blue Mountain Conference, suffered its first shutout loss of the season.


RIVERSIDE 4, BLANCHET CATHOLIC 1 — At Boardman, the second-ranked Pirates were too much for Blanchet Catholic in the 3A quarterfinal game.

Riverside (14-1-1) advances to the state semifinals where it will play host to third-ranked Oregon Episcopal (16-1) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m

No details were reported.

Blanchet Catholic, the Special District 3 champ, ended its season with a 11-2-4 record and a No. 8 state ranking.

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