Strong play on both sides of the ball powered the Heppner Mustangs to a 47-14 home win over the Grant Union Prospectors on Friday night.
Heppner locked up the 2A-Special District 6 title with the victory.
Jayden Wilson led the Mustangs with 118 yards through the air and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 64 yards. Mason Lehman rushed 109 yards and one touchdown. He also had five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Gavin Hanna-Robinson scored three times for Heppner — two on the ground and one in the air. He ended the game with 67 yards rushing on 10 carries along with two receptions.
The Mustangs held the Prospectors scoreless until late in the game. Russel Hodge scored Grant Union’s first touchdown with less than 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run. Hodge ended up with 79 yards rushing on 15 attempts.
Jordan Hall intercepted a Heppner pass and ran it back 63 yards for the other score with about 2:25 left in the contest.
“It was a game where we made good plays, but also need to clean things up,” said Mustangs coach Greg Grant. “The offensive line came up and blocked real hard. (Grant Union) scored late — our defense did a good job. We need to look at tonight’s film and work hard and push each other at practice. I want to get better at everything.”
Grant is excited about his team’s performance not only against Grant Union, but for the season as a whole.
“I’m very pleased with our progress,” he said after their Friday night win. “The kids have come a long way. I’m excited to see where they go.”
The Mustangs are 6-2 overall and 3-0 for the 2A-SD6. Friday night’s game marked the Mustang’s sixth consecutive win. They have one more league game scheduled for Oct. 26 when they’ll travel to Stanfield (1-6, 1-2) to close out the season. Grant Union (4-4, 2-1) wraps up district play against Weston-McEwen at home on Oct. 26.