Midlothian Heritage football made it a perfect three-for-three with a home win Friday against Life Waxahachie to clinch the District 9-4A championship.

The Heritage offense racked up 429 yards of offense in the lopsided win, 49-20.

The Jaguars have now won a district championship in each of their first three years as a varsity program.

“Any time you can win a district championship, that is a huge accomplishment," Heritage head football coach Lee Wiginton said. "These guys have worked really hard and accomplished a great deal. Right now, I am just happy with the win. It is hard to win high school football games and district championships don’t come around that often. I am so proud of these kids.”

The victory improved Heritage to 8-1 on the season and 4-0 in district play with one game to go.

Landon Ledbetter tossed three touchdowns for the Jaguars. He finished the game 15-of-24 through the air for 219 yards.

The senior quarterback has now thrown for multiple touchdowns in all but game one of the season. He has also completed 144-of-219 passes this year for 2,285 yards and 32 touchdowns to just six interceptions.

Jay Wilkerson caught two of Ledbetter's touchdown passes during the win and led the Jaguars with 102 yards on nine receptions. Langston Anderson added five grabs for 78 yards and one score to go with two carries for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Cullen Stone (10-111) and Dre Washington (9-73) led the Heritage ground attack. Washington also scored twice, while Stone, a sophomore, scored once.

Konner Jones led the Jaguars on defense with nine total tackles, while Nathan Parrish and Kolton May both recorded eight. All three notched one-half of a-tackle-for-loss, but it was D'Angelo Freeman that led the team with 2.5 tackles-for-loss.

Noah Parker pulled down the lone Heritage interception and Derwin Sneed recovered a fumble caused by Wyatt Thomas.

Wiginton said "each unit did some great things" but noted the Jaguars have some areas to "clean up" in all three phases.

"For the most part, we did execute well and took advantage of the opportunities to move the ball down the field," the head coach added. "On special teams, we gave up a big return, and I’m not excited about that, but we will clean it up and get better.”

Life Waxahachie quarterback Gage Mayfield completed 2-of-10 passes for 44 yards, with both completions going to J'lon Sanders.

Mayfield also led the Mustangs with 20 carries for 120 yards with a long of 35 yards. Logan Blake (11-36) scored two rushing touchdowns and Rickey Randall (4-16) added another.

Sir Michael Veasley recorded 70 yards on 10 carries.

Life Waxahachie head football coach Micah Stanley said the Mustangs will "keep doing what we do and try and execute and put the best team on the field each week. We need to execute our game plan each and that is what we will continue to do next week. We will go back to the drawing board and be ready to play.”

The Mustangs need a win Friday against Quinlan Ford to clinch the final district 9-4A playoff spot.


After the win against Life Waxahachie, Wiginton noted the current Jaguars senior class has already won 31 varsity football games for the program.

"That is an outstanding accomplishment and they are not done yet," he added. “I couldn’t be more proud of these kids and how hard they have played and prepared this season, especially this senior class."

Heritage, which jumped one spot to No. 6 in the latest Associated Press 6A poll, closes out the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against Mabank.

The Panthers are 2-7 on the season and 1-3 in District 9-4A. They have been outscored 251-151 on the year.

The Jaguars have also finalized the details for their 4A Division I Region 3 bi-district championship against (3-6, 2-2) Kilgore.

Heritage and Kilgore open the playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at City Bank Stadium in Forney.


Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.