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The Midlothian Heritage football team scored on its very first drive of the 2020 season Friday night and never looked back, rolling to a 42-14 victory over Wichita Falls Hirschi at MISD Multipurpose Stadium.
Daelin Rader, moving from wide receiver to quarterback, passed for two touchdowns, added two more on the ground and finished 18-of-24 passing for 219 yards as the Jaguars (1-0) totaled 444 total offensive yards almost evenly split between the pass and run. Running back Cullen Stone added 124 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and Haydon Wiginton had 10 catches for 107 yards and a score.
Carter Wilkerson also had some big plays, including a 60-yard opening kickoff return and a 69-yard catch and run from Rader for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Thanks in large part to Wilkerson’s big runback, the Jaguars needed just seven plays to take the lead as Rader passed to Wiginton for a 19-yard touchdown with 9:35 remaining in the first quarter.
Big plays in all three phases resulted in the next three HHS scores. A blocked punt gave Heritage the ball at the Hirschi 2-yard line, and it took the Jaguars just two plays to extend their lead to 14-0 on Rader’s touchdown run. Later in the second quarter, Rader hit Wilkerson deep for another TD; and as the first half wound down, Heritage recovered a fumble at the Hirschi 5 and again needed just two plays to score, this time on Stone’s 1-yard run.
Meanwhile, Hirschi’s A’Marion Peterson kept his team within sight with two long touchdown runs, a 58-yarder and a 26-yarder, to trim the Jags’ halftime lead to 28-14.
In the second half, the Jags’ defense clamped down, Stone rammed home his second 1-yard scoring plunge in the third quarter and Rader’s second rushing touchdown of the game rounded out the scoring.
The Jags will host Lindale this Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m.
ABBOTT — The next Padron is ready to shine at Avalon, even though the Eagles lost their season-opener to Abbott on Friday might.
Freshman Erick Padron passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Eagles (0-1) hung tough for most of three quarters. But Avalon couldn’t stop Abbott’s Kadyn Johnson, who carried 21 times for a whopping 376 yards and seven touchdowns.
Padron finished 12-of-23 passing for 227 yards, and carried 14 times for 180 yards with a long of 32 yards. All three of his touchdown passes went to Gabriel Pacheco, who finished with eight catches for 173 yards. Bryan Faber added three catches for 34 yards and a score.
Defensively, Andres Rodriguez led the Eagles with eight total tackles and Pacheco also blocked two field goal attempts.
The Eagles trailed 26-18 at the half, but couldn’t make up ground in the second half as the host Panthers rode Johnson’s coattails to the win.
Avalon was scheduled to host Iredell, but that game has been scratched. The Eagles instead will host Bastrop Tribe Warriors, a home-school team, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
PALMER — A year removed from a perfect 10-0 regular season, the Bulldogs took their first step toward another one on Friday night, stretching their regular-season winning streak to 14 with a season-opening victory over Kemp.
Quarterback Julian Villasenor accounted for four touchdowns total, two passing and two rushing. Villasenor completed seven passes for 209 yards, including one TD toss each to Gabe Bolden and Arturo Gonzales. Additionally, Bralen Lopez carried 20 times for 94 yards.
The Bulldogs (1-0) led 14-0 in the first quarter and added another TD in the second in cruising to the win.
Palmer returns to action this Friday night at Grand Saline at 7:30 p.m.