A road contest at traditional Class 5A postseason performer Everman leads off a stout 2020 football schedule for the Midlothian Heritage Jaguars on Friday, Aug. 28.


The Jaguars, coming off the deepest postseason advance in their brief four-season history, have from top to bottom perhaps their toughest schedule ever. They will host Kennedale on Sept. 4 and Wilmer-Hutchins on Sept. 18, while venturing to Decatur on Sept. 11 and Springtown on Sept. 25.


The new District 4-4A (Division I) is stacked as well with defending state runner-up Waco La Vega, up-and-coming Alvarado, Ellis County rival Life Waxahachie, and historic traditional powers Brownwood and Stephenville.


Heritage will take a district-wide bye week on Oct. 2 before hosting Brownwood on Oct. 9 at MISD Multipurpose Stadium to open district action. The following week, the Jags will visit Life Waxahachie.


The Jaguars last year went through a complete cycle of extremes. They suffered through their worst non-district record in their short history, then forfeited a district title-clinching victory to Crandall because of the use of an ineligible player.


However, the forfeit turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Jags, who went in as the second seed in Crandall’s place, caught fire in the playoffs and advanced one round farther then they had ever gone in the postseason.


The Jags fell to eventual state champion Carthage in the 4A Division I state quarterfinals, 24-7. Carthage, which dropped to Division II in this year’s realignment, went on to beat La Vega in the D-I state final, 42-28.