The Hermiston Bulldogs will play for the program’s first football state title across the state in Hillsboro on Saturday, but their home Kennison Field won’t sit empty.
Three OSAA state football championship games will be played at the year-old Hermiston High School field on Saturday, featuring five teams from Eastern Oregon.
The action will kick off at 11 a.m. when Heppner takes on Burns in the 2A title game. This will be Heppner’s fourth state title appearance, the first since 2007. The Mustangs won the state title in 1992. Burns lost its only state title bid in 1999.
Vale and Harrisburg will play at 2:30 p.m. for the 3A championship. Vale is a perennial football power, making its 15th title game appearance and aiming for its ninth trophy. Harrisburg, the only team coming to Hermiston from west of the Cascades, won the Class B title in 1966 in its only championship game appearance.
In the night cap, Sherman will take on Adrian at 6 p.m. for the 1A title. Sherman, from Moro, is playing in its sixth championship game, the first since it won it all in 1994. Adrian is playing in its first title game.
Tickets to each game are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The $4.7 million Kennison Field was completed in 2013 with artificial turf, and was intended to host OSAA semifinal and championship football and soccer games.