SANGER, Texas — Theoretically, each time Midlothian Heritage snapped the football Friday night the resulting play went for 11 yards — regardless if the pass was caught or runner tackled.
Behind 507 yards total offense and needing just 15 first downs, the Jaguars overpowered the Sanger Indians, 62-13, to remain undefeated on the season. Heritage has now scored 35 points or more in all five games this season while limiting the opposition to 15.4 points per contest.
“We did a lot a good things tonight….It was one of those games where the guys early on played really well defensively," said Heritage head football coach Lee Wiginton. "We put the offense out there and left some drives out there in the first half, but for the most part they played a really good game.”
“[...] We made good plays. It was good to see some different kids make some good plays in the open field. The defense made some good explosive plays. It was an exciting night.”
The win moved Heritage to No. 7 in the Associated Press 4A Texas football prep poll — up one spot from last week.
Even with all of the offensive fireworks, it was Noah Parker who got the Jaguars on the scoreboard with a defensive touchdown on the second snap from scrimmage. Parker returned an interception 25 yards for the score all of 44 seconds into the ballgame.
Heritage added two touchdowns in the first quarter and two more in the second quarter to build a 35-6 lead by halftime. Quarterback Landon Ledbetter (12-of-22, 308 yards) tossed three of those touchdowns — two to Kerrion Fields for 65 and 70 yards and a 43-yard strike to Langston Anderson (6-100).
Fields added a third touchdown catch from 51 yards out in the third quarter. He finished with a season-high 194 receiving yards on four catches (48.5 YPC).
Raja Banks led the Jaguar ground attack with 108 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, and Nathan Gascamp added 51 yards and a score on his five carries. Heritage ran for 199 yards as a team.
On the defensive side of the football, Parker and Konner Jones each had 12 tackles, while Leighton Smith had 10 and Garrison Espinoza nine. Espinoza, Dustin Brasher, Brodey Greeson and Talon Berg each accounted for a tackle-for-loss, but it was Nathan Texada and Jon Sanders who led the Jaguars with 1.5 TFL, each.
Berg, Texada, and Sanders each had one sack, as well, while Jones recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown.
Heritage will take the week off before beginning its five-game District 6-4A schedule. The Jaguars will host Pinkston on Oct. 12, Carter on Oct. 27 and Wilmer-Hutchins on Nov. 11. They will travel to Alvarado on Oct. 20 and Carrollton Ranchview on Nov. 3.
Wiginton, though, is looking forward to the bye week and the opportunity to allow his players to heal before the district slate.
“It will allow us some time to clean some things up. We don’t feel we are playing our best now. We feel we are playing good, but there are some improvements that need to be made. We’ll clean some things up and continue to improve," Wiginton said. "[...] We are going to have to do things a lot better to win going into the district season. But now we’ll stop and take a breath and work on getting ready. We have five really good opponents that we will get ready for and hopefully be ready when the time comes."
He added, "(We) are genuinely excited because it matters now.”