Though the final score of 24-7 might indicate otherwise, Midlothian Heritage pulled away from Life Waxahachie in the final minutes of what was an otherwise strong defensive showing for both teams Friday night at Mustang Stadium.
The Jaguars led just 14-7 as the game turned to the fourth quarter but managed to find enough offense to defeat the Mustangs and clinch the second seed in the District 8-4A standings.
There were exactly 100 plays run in the game, with 44 of those snaps going to the Midlothian Heritage offense and resulting in 18 first downs and 422 total yards. The Life Waxahachie Mustangs ran 56 plays and picked up 14 first downs and 276 total yards. Both teams had seven penalties.
After the game, Life Waxahachie head coach Heath Blalock told KBEC Sports that the effort by his defensive unit “proved that they can really get after it.”
“We knew we were going to have to stop the run, and they have a real deal receiver,” Blalock said. “I felt like we did a really good job up until the very end, and he got us.”
SirMichael Veasley, who scored the first touchdown of the game, finished with a team-best 86 rushing yards on 17 carries for the Mustangs.
Gage Mayfield added seven carries for 61 yards to go with his 58 passing yards on 5-of-8 through the air. He also caught six passes for 45 yards.
Trevon Brantley led the Mustang defense with nine total tackles and two tackles-for-loss, while Trenten James (8 total tackles) and Robert Williams (INT) also helped the cause.
Life Waxahachie, now 6-3 overall and 2-2 in district play, will end up as third seed with either a win or Athens loss in week 11.
“We’re certainly focused on getting into the playoffs, it’s not the seed we were hoping to get, but we’ve got a good football team here and I’m proud of these young men,” Blalock said.