The Heritage Jaguars were faced with a short week of preparation for Quinlan Ford, but the Thursday night game didn’t faze the Jags a bit as they racked up an eye-popping 657 total yards and rolled past the visiting Panthers, 51-13, at MISD Multipurpose Stadium in their District 9-4A (I) opener.
Three Heritage running backs reached the 100-yard plateau — Latray Miller with 137 yards, Cedric West with 121 and Cullen Stone with 119 — and Daelin Rader almost joined them with 90 yards on only three carries. All four backs scored a rushing touchdown apiece for the Jags (3-3, 1-0).
Quarterback Cade Sumbler was an efficient 8-of-12 through the air for 152 yards and three TDs. Jay Wilkerson caught one pass for a 50-yard touchdown, and Stone and Rader also got in on the aerial scoring.
Sumbler and Rader connected on a 9-yard pass less than four minutes in to open the scoring, and Rader ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Quinlan Ford (4-2, 0-1) used a long drive to pull within a point before the end of the first on Kobe Jennings’ 5-yard pass to Eli Chambers. But the rest of the first half — and the night — belonged to the Jags.
After an exchange of possessions, Stone broke a 55-yard run to the 10, and from there Stone took it in with Miller adding another 2-point run for a 16-7 lead.
Before the half ended, Sumbler passed to Wilkerson for a TD, and Heritage went into the dressing room on top 23-7.
The Jags added a touchdown run by West and a 41-yard pass from Sumbler to Stone to make it 37-7 after three quarters, and Miller and Rader each ran it in during the final 12 minutes.
The Jags have their work cut out for them this week as they head south to take on Athens, a 55-35 loser at the hands of Life Waxahachie on Friday night.