MIDLOTHIAN — District championships are nice. Undefeated seasons are rare. Two years is all it took for the Heritage Jaguar football team to do both — and do one twice.
But there are bigger trophies, titles, and wins on the horizon.
One year removed from their first season in a varsity district, the Jaguars locked up their second District 6-4A championship with a 50-18 win over Wilmer Hutchins on Friday at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium.
Neither the win nor the 10-0 run through the regular season was ever really in question.
Heritage, who mainted the No. 6 spot in the Associated Press 4A poll, has not allowed more than 28 points in any game so far this season. The Jaguars had a 29-12 lead by halftime.
They've now outscored their opponents 467-172 on the year.
Heritage head football coach Lee Wiginton said it was "an exciting game" just before he quickly credited the growth of his program this year to the entire coaching staff.
"These coaches have worked so hard and I’m so proud of them," he said. "[...] It feels great being the coach of the great young men with the rest of these coaches. It is really easy to do what I do when I’m surrounded by these student-athletes and the coaches on our staff. It is fun to be a part of it.”
The Heritage defense has often relied on big defensive plays from a variety of key players — much like how Noah Parker, Brayden Wright, and Garrison Espinoza all capitalizing on pressure from the defensive front to each record an interception against Wilmer Hutchins.
The Heritage also limited the pass-first Eagle offense and quarterback Kyle Douglas Jr to just 13 completions on 41 attempts for 237 yards. Wilmer-Hutchins added 110 yards on 25 carries.
Konner Jones led the Jaguars with 10 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, while sophomore Cade Sumbler and junior Noah Parker had eight tackles, each.
On the offensive side of the football, junior quarterback Landon Ledbetter again paved the way for the Jaguars. Ledbetter completed 15-of-his-21 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns, while he also added a rushing touchdown.
Kerrion Fields caught a team-high six passes for 84 yards, while Langston Anderson pulled in four for 85 yards. Each caught two touchdown passes.
Jay Wilkerson added three catches for 44 yards.
Raja Banks was the team's leading rushing with 89 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Junior running back Dre Washington added the third rushing touchdown of the evening on one of this five carries for 15 yards.
"The kids are so coachable and such hard working young men. To come out here and have an undefeated regular season is outstanding. I could not be more proud of them. It is a tough thing to do nowadays to win all 10 games. It is such a great group of young men. Now it all starts, we are in the playoffs. It’s for real now. We are excited and ready to go to work."
Heritage will face (2-8) Lake Worth at Mansfield ISD's Vernon Newsom Stadium this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The Frogs finished fourth in District 5-4A and have been outscored 176-393 on the season.
*Additional reporting by Mike Sackett/Mirror