FORT WORTH — The Midlothian Heritage Jaguars continued to prepare for their season opener during a Friday evening scrimmage against V.R Eaton High School at Eagle Stadium in Haslet last week.
Midlothian Heritage High School won the scrimmage, 14-7.
“They are a great team. We have played them four times in our three short years together," Head coach Lee Wiginton said about the Eaton team. "This year they have a full senior class and are very well coached. It’s fun to play them because you know you are going to get great football on both sides of the ball. The kids play right, with a lot of class, and play with composure, and physical."
Following a series of timed offensive and defensive sets, the two teams lined up for two full quarters play.
“It was a pretty even match,” Wiginton commented.
Midlothian Heritage opened the live scrimmage play taking the ball on their own 30-yard line. With a combination of short pass and running plays, the Jaguars fought off the Eagles' physical defense and scored after six plays with a short dash into the end zone.
The point after kick was good for a Jaguar 7-0 lead.
With a little over six minutes left in the first quarter, the Jaguar defense took over against the Eagles' fast-paced offense.
Starting on their 30-yard line, the Eagles began their drive and twice were stopped by Heritage deep in Jaguar territory.
The last play of the first quarter was an incomplete Eagle pass into the end zone on fourth down pass. The pass was broken up by Jaguar defenders. The incompletion turned the ball over on downs and handed possession back to the Jaguars.
At the start of the second quarter, the Jaguars began their possession on their 20-yard line. The first play — a pass — was a pick-6 returned for a score by an Eagle defender. The defensive touchdown was the only score for the Eagles on the evening.
Their point after was good, knotting the game at seven.
The game continued with both defensive units forcing their opponents to punt the ball away. The last Jaguar punt was a 40-yard kick that put the Eagles deep in Jaguar territory.
Failing to convert a third down, Eaton was forced to punt the ball away. The Jaguars took possession on their 30-yard line.
“That running back is only a junior. In the future, you will see him playing on Saturdays,” Wiginton said describing the Eagle’s starting running back. "He has already been offered [scholarships] by a bunch of people. Some day you will probably see him on Sunday. When you play that type of back, you will miss some tackles."
He said his team's defense was partly to play in limiting the junior's success.
"Our defense didn’t match him one-to-one, but we contained him enough," Wiginton continued. "We certainly didn’t shut him down, and nobody will. He is an incredible talent. On the whole, the guys did a great job against him and their whole team."
The Jaguars took the lead after a first down hand off to set up the game-winning touchdown — an almost 70-yard run across the goal line.
With a successful point after, the Jaguars led by a 14-7 score.
‘We have a lot of kids with a lot of experience, but we also have a lot of youth. We needed a lot of guys step up and improve. Just live, it like looked things got a little better this week. For the most part, I could not have been more pleased with the kids tonight,” Wiginton said.
On Friday, Midlothian Heritage will open their regular season against Sunnyvale at Midlothian ISD Multiple-Purpose Stadium.
"We’re excited,” Wiginton said. "We feel we will be ready. The kids have been working hard for this opportunity for a long time. It’s finally real. Scrimmages are great, you get to go against other people. Next week will be so much better to play a real football game. We will ready for it when it gets here, for sure. You love Midlothian crowds. It’s been that way for the last eight years I’ve been here."
"Midlothian loves their football and the fans come out supporting the youth of this community and they support each other. It’s a great place to live.”