DECATUR — The Heritage Jaguars suffered their first two-game losing streak in the history of their young program on Friday night, dropping a non-district contest to Decatur, 41-28, at Eagle Stadium.
Turnovers proved costly to the Jaguars (1-2) as they gave away a fumble and a pair of interceptions, while getting no takeaways of their own.
Senior Cedric West finished as the leading rusher for Heritage with nine carries for 55 yards.
The Jaguars’ opening drive was stopped on downs at Decatur’s 5-yard line, then the Eagles went the distance the other way and took the early lead on Roman Fuller’s 37-yard pass to David Suarez at the 5:46 mark of the first quarter.
Heritage answered quickly to tie the game at 7-all on quarterback Cade Sumbler’s 47-yard strike to Jay Wilkerson less than a minute later, capping a three-play drive.
But before the end of the initial 2 minutes, Fuller and Suarez connected again, this time from 10 yards out to give Decatur the lead for good.
An interception set up Decatur’s next drive, covering 70 yards on 12 plays, and Fuller’s sneak made it a two-touchdown margin.
After startng with good field position on the ensuing kickoff, Brody Greeson’s plunge brought the Jags back to within a score. But Fuller hit Layton Harris on a 23-yard pass with 1:33 to go, and the Eagles went into halftime with a 27-14 lead after the extra point was blocked.
Sumbler passed for 24 yards to Wilkerson again in the third quarter, and for 30 yards to Hayden Wiginton in the fourth with under a minute left in the game.
Fuller finished 20-of-26 for 294 yards and four TD passes for Decatur, two each to Juarez and Harris.
The Jaguars return home to the friendly confines of MISD Stadium to take on Stephenville on Friday night.