Despite a few new faces on the Midlothian Heritage defense, the Jaguars are still more than capable of shutting down opposing offenses — just ask the Gatesville Hornets.
Heritage scored a touchdown in each of the second, third and fourth quarters before allowing a lone Hornet score late Friday night for a season-opening road win, 21-7.
The Hornet offense was limited to just 213 total yards of offense to the 349 yards of Heritage, despite picking up three more first downs than the Jaguars (16-13). Heritage also held Gatesville ball carriers to 2.4 yards-per-carry, surrendering 70 rushing yards on 29 carries.
The Jaguars also won the turnover battle 2-1, with the lone Heritage turnover coming on an interception charged to quarterback Landon Ledbetter, who had an otherwise stellar night through the air. A Gatesville defensive back picked off the Ledbetter pass in the corner of the Jaguars end zone late in the second quarter.
The senior signal caller completed 17-of-25 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown — a 59-yard pitch-and-catch to Langston Anderson that put the Jaguars on the board with 7:19 to play the second quarter.
Anderson finished the game with seven catches for 99 yards and added a 53-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Jay Wilkerson added four catches for 42 yards, Dre Washington had one grab for five and Haydon Wiginton had two catches for 22 yards, and Noah Waxier caught one pass for five yards.
Washington led the Jaguars ground attack with 13 carries for 93 yards. Brody Greeson (3-11) accounted for the second Jaguars touchdown on a four-yard run in the third quarter.
Heritage returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Kennedale.