Though it was not exact revenge and did dash the playoff dreams of the Wildcats, Midlothian Heritage did finally get a little payback against Kennedale on the gridiron.
After multiple weather delays, which included one in the second half that lasted well over an hour, quarterback Landon Ledbetter and the Jaguars offense dominated the Wildcats on Friday night at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium, 35-7.
Ledbetter led the way for the Jaguars with 110 yards through the air and four touchdowns and one interception on 12-of-16 passing.
He completed touchdown passes to Dre Washington (7 yards), Langston Anderson (65 yards) and Jay Wilkerson (37 yards) to open a 21-0 Heritage lead in the third quarter.
Brody Greeson then added a 4-yard run with 6:27 to play in the third quarter for a 28-0 Jaguars lead before Kennedale scored its lone touchdown. With 4:16 to play in the third quarter when Evan Jowers connected with Jaden Smith for a 33-yard touchdown.
Ledbetter put the nail in the coffin with a second touchdown pass to Wilkerson, this time from 12 yards out, with a little under seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Wilkerson led the Jaguars receiving core with 88 yards on four catches and Anderson finished with 74 yards on three grabs. Washington led the rushing attack with 62 yards on 15 carries on a night when the Jaguars carried the football 29 times for 126 yards as a team.
The Jaguars limited the Wildcats offense, which amassed 595 yards in week one against Decatur, to just 127 total yards and six first downs. The Wildcats also committed three turnovers.
Konner Jones recorded a team-high eight tackles, while Jon Sanders added two tackles for loss. Noah Gray and Kolton May recovered fumbles for the Jaguars defense.
With the win, Heritage received 91 points in the week's Associated Press 4A poll, good enough to catapult from an unranked team to No. 7 in the state. Kennedale was previously the third-ranked team in the AP 4A poll but dropped out of the top-10 after the loss.
Kennedale entered Friday's matchup fresh off of a 55-7 dismantling of Decatur, who the Jaguars will play at home Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The meeting between Heritage and Kennedale was the third all-time, with the other two coming in the 4A regional quarterfinals and both ending in dramatic two-point wins for the Wildcats.
GAME COVERAGE FOR FRIDAY
The game on Friday against Decatur — and every game this season — will be broadcasted heard live by the crew of Midlothian Jaguar radio at http://mixlr.com/heritage-radio/ or viewed online at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
The NFHS stream does carry a nominal subscription fee and will not air until sometime after 11 p.m. on Friday nights, per UIL rules. Subscriptions will allow fans to watch both Midlothian ISD teams, as well as many others across the state.