WACO — The very first play from scrimmage on Friday night signaled a long night ahead for the Heritage Jaguars.
La Vega’s Elisha Cummings went 77 yards untouched down the sideline for a score en route to a 174-yard, 2-touchdown night, leading the defending Class 4A Division I state champion Pirates to a 58-14 non-district win at Willie Williams Stadium.
The loss drops the Jaguars to 2-3 overall, the most losses the team has had after five games in Heritage’s short four-season varsity history. Those three defeats, however, have all come on the road against withering competition.
After Cummings’ opening run, the Jaguars were held three-and-out and six plays later, La Vega made it 13-0 when quarterback Landry Kinne found Jar’Quae Walton from three yards out.
Heritage scored its initial touchdown two drives later. Helped by a pass interference penalty at the Jags’ own 16-yard line, quarterback Cade Sumbler hit wideout Jay Wilkerson deep from midfield, converting a fourth-and-2.
The Pirates, though, added two more scores before the half as Kinne kept for scoring runs of 18 and 27 yards, and the Pirates took a 30-7 lead into intermission.
Kinne, the son of former Canton and Sherman head coach Gary Joe Kinne and the brother of former NFL quarterback G.J. Kinne, finished the night with 134 passing yards and two TDs, adding 66 yards and two more scores on the ground.
The La Vega defense made it tough on Sumbler all night, sacking him four times and forcing a fumble. Sumbler finished 11-of-25 for 104 yards and two TDs, both to Wilkerson, who had five catches for 72 yards. Wilkerson also had a 61-yard kickoff return for Heritage.
Junior LaTray Jones managed 71 yards on 16 carries to lead Heritage on the ground.
Senior linebacker Konner Jones-Searcy had a standout night on defense for Heritage with 11 total stops, including 2 ½ tackles for loss. It was his fourth consecutive game with double-digit tackles.
The Jaguars have a bye this weekend and will open district play at home against Quinlan Ford on Thursday, Oct. 10.