SUNNYVALE, Texas — Most days, a 300-plus yards passing game, four touchdowns and nearly 500 yards of total offense will get a team a win.
During Friday's Midlothian Heritage High School's 56-36 season-opening loss to Sunnyvale High School at Raider Stadium, however, "most days" became "not today."
Most times in a get you a win if the turnover ratio is where it needs to be," said Jaguar head coach Lee Wigington. "When you turn the ball over five times and don't create any you're going to be in trouble. I put us in some situations that weren't good and those situations resulted in turnovers. We'll get those eliminated against Benbrook."
Though the game was delayed for close to an hour with lightning in the area, it was a nonstop scoring spectacle for fans of both high schools once the game resumed.
Jaguars and Raiders quarterbacks' Landon Ledbetter and Caleb McDill dueled through four quarters, throwing 506 combined passing yards and eight touchdowns. Ledbetter led all passers with 306 yards and four touchdowns on 16-for-26 completions but threw two costly interceptions — including one returned for a touchdown by Sunnyvale senior Trey Sterling.
Sunnyvale QB Caleb Mcdill had 202 passing yards on 14 completions, with nine of those completions going to Enyinna Chima — who had 136 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Jaguars came from behind —once in the first quarter when down by 14 points and again in the fourth when the team was behind 42-21 — to tie the game twice, scoring more points in the final quarter (15) than in any other.
Wiginton said he hopes his team's never-say-die attitude carries over into their district schedule when they'll be able to turn heads and change expectations, noting he chose their pre-district schedule specifically to prepare them for the rigors of playing teams like Carter, Wilmer-Hutchins, and Carrollton Ranchview.
"This team is resilient," Wigington said. "We proved that time and time again last year as we were growing. We're never going to feel like were out of it against anybody. We are always going to move onto the next play, whether we are up by 50 or down by 50. We wanted to play as tough as a schedule as we could. I think we achieved that goal with the opponents we're going to play in the coming week.
"In a couple of weeks we have Decatur, which scored 77 points in their first game, Sanger, which was predicted to lose by seven but one by 48, Crandall, which took Pittsburg — one of the top teams in 4A — to overtime, and Benbrook, and up and coming new team. We tried to schedule as hard we could because those are the teams will play in the playoffs and district."
The Jaguars are scheduled to play Benbrook High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday MHHS football field.