MIDLOTHIAN — Just like that, Midlothian Heritage High School’s second-year varsity football program is off to a record start to its 2017 campaign after continuing a string of 17 consecutive regular-season victories.
The Jaguars eighth straight District 6-4A-1 victory — this time during a 33-12 finish against Dallas Carter on Friday night at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium — was highlighted by more than 600 yards of total offense by both teams and 37 first downs.
Behind offensive genius of Head Coach Lee Wiginton, the right arm of sandy-haired junior gunslinger Landon Ledbetter, and a ball-hawking defense, Midlothian Heritage (8-0, 4-0) remained undefeated and stayed a game ahead of second-place Alvarado High School in its hunt for a second district championship in as many years.
While Ledbetter efficiently dinked and dunked his way to a 72 percent completion rate via 13-for-18 passing, 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns and outdueled Dallas Carter quarterback Detron Hall, four different Jaguar running backs ran for 40 or more yards.
Nathan Gaskamp (8 rush, 65 yards), Raja Banks (5 rush, 62 yards), Christian Elliott (4 rush, 48 yards), and Langston Anderson (4 rush, 41 yards) combined for 216 of Midlothian Heritage’s 240 yards on the ground.
The defense, too, took advantage of its only takeaway — a 78-yard pick-6 by Noah Parker in the first quarter.
Hall was held to 109 yards on 13 of 19 passing. He also, despite finding four different receivers for completions, threw zero touchdowns. Justise Wade-Harris ( 17 rush, 100 yards, TD) and Jamarian (13 rush, 78 yards) accounted for 48 percent of the Cowboys’ offensive production.
The 19 points scored by Midlothian Heritage was a slight improvement from last weeks first half against Alvarado when it was held to 14 first-half points before pulling away in the second half. Ledbetter finished the game with 185 yards throwing and two touchdowns.
The Jaguars not only lead the district in points scored (135) this season, they are No. 1 in points against (28). They are scheduled to face Carrollton-Ranchview High School at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Standridge Stadium. The Wolves are 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the district and have won three of their last five games.
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