By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports
Write it in stone: The Midlothian Heritage Jaguars will be in the postseason.
Midlothian Heritage making the 4A Division I playoffs is the easiest lock in Ellis County. The Jaguars are loaded, annually, and this season will be no different.
The Jags and head coach Lee Wiginton will, however, have to reconstruct an offense with all-everything quarterback Landon Ledbetter and Oklahoma State freshman wideout Langston Anderson. Anderson was named to the DCTF 4A all-state second team following the 2018 season, while Ledbetter rests inside the top-10 all-time in passing touchdowns in the history of Texas high school football.
Heritage is coming off of a third-consecutive heartbreaking loss in the playoffs, this time following an 11-2 record (5-0 in 9-4A) and a still-questionable touchdown call as time expired at The Star in Frisco. Carthage went on to win the game, 50-49, in overtime.
The Jaguars suffered their lone regular-season loss to Waco La Vega, which won a 4A state title and was named the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s 4A team of the year. That same magazine ranked Midlothian Heritage fifth in the 2019 4A Division I preseason rankings behind No. 1 Waco La Vega, No. 2 Carthage, No. 3 Argyle and No. 4 Liberty Hill.
Jay Wilkerson was chosen as to the DCTF 4A preseason all-state team, joining Carthage wideout Cameron Rickett as one of two wide receivers to receive the honor.
Wilkerson has about one dozen Division-I football offers from a handful of Power Five universities. He accounted for 1,330 yards and 17 touchdowns on 63 receptions in 2018.
Konner Jones returns to lead the Jaguars defense into 2019 after he recorded a team-best 117 total tackles (75 solos) and 14.5 tackles for loss.
The Jaguars return 22 lettermen — including 11 starters (5 offense, 6 defense) — and will likely not be challenged during District 9-4A action.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football predicts District 9-4A Division I to finish:
- Midlothian Heritage
- Life Waxahachie
- Quinlan Ford
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith