Five touchdowns in the second quarter propelled Midlothian Heritage to a second consecutive district win Friday night at home against Athens.

No. 6 Heritage trounced Athens behind 628 yards of total offense, 68-34.

After the game, Heritage head football coach Lee Wiginton said the Jaguars played "better than we have been."

"That is a very talented offensive team that Athens has," Wiginton explained. "Defensively, they don't play as well as they do offensively, but they are still a great football team all the way around. They are going to make some noise in the playoffs.

"We felt like it would be a high scoring game and we felt like the first person to 35 points would have a good chance to win it. By no means do I think that either team could score that many points and they were right there at 35. But I am so proud of our defense for the way they played and thought our guys came out and played physical football. That was nice to see."

The Jaguars are now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in District 9-4A.

Heritage quarterback Landon Ledbetter set a new season-high with 358 yards passing and six touchdowns on 12-of-13 through the air.

It marked the third 300-yard passing game this season for Ledbetter.

Jay Wilkerson and Langston Anderson led the Jaguars with four catches for 132 and 129 yards, respectively. Both scored twice.

Dre Washington added two catches for 77 yards and Haydon Wiginton caught two passes for 20 yards, with each scoring once.

Cullen Stone led the Jaguars on the ground with 10 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Dre Washington also scored once on the ground and added 12 carries for 92 yards.

The Hornets rushed for 551 yards on 55 carries with Nathan Sims and Jerquindon Taylor both scoring twice. The two underclassmen combined for 455 yards on 42 carries.


Heritage returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against Crandall.

"We have a long way to go," Wiginton said. "We have done some things well in a lot of different games, but we just haven't played a complete game yet. I don't know how close this was, but it was closer. We will find the areas where improvement is needed and keep plugging away."


Fred Phipps/Mirror contributed to this report.