Five second-quarter touchdowns were more than enough for No. 6 Midlothian Heritage in a rout of Navasota in the 4A Region III area championship Friday afternoon in Waco.
Two of those touchdowns in the 49-9 victory came before the half and by way of the Jaguars defense; more specifically by means of a Noah Parker 16-yard fumble return and a 27-yard interception return at McLane Stadium on the campus of Baylor University.
The two defensive scores were separated by seven seconds on the game clock, with the second coming with 10:33 to play in the first half to put Heritage up 21-3.
The interception was the fourth of the season for Parker.
With the game well in hand by the halfway mark, Heritage eased off of the pedal on offense in the second half. The Jaguars needed just 282 total yards of offense to advance to the third round of the 4A playoffs for a third consecutive season.
Senior quarterback Landon Ledbetter accounted for 196 of those yards through the air. He completed 12-of-22 passes for three touchdowns and one interception. Langston Anderson caught two touchdown passes as part of his team-high 103 yards and four receptions. Haydon Wiginton hauled in the third score on his lone catch for 3 yards.
Jay Wilkerson (4-48), Dre Washington (3-44), Carter Wilkerson (1-29) and Dalton Whitt (1-10) also caught passes from Ledbetter and backup quarterback Blake Wilhoite (2-7, 39 yards).
Brody Greeson added two rushing touchdowns for the Jaguars on five carries for a team-high 19 yards.
According to statistics kept by Dave Campbell's Texas Football, Ledbetter moved up to No. 10 all-time in Texas high school football with 123 career touchdown passes. He passed Derrick Ponder of Bells High School (122, 2013-15) on Friday and has also surpassed the likes of Kyler Murray (117, 2011-14) and Colt McCoy (116, 2002-04).
Heritage (11-1) now faces perennial power and top-ranked (12-0) Carthage in the 4A Region II regional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.