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Midlothian Heritage’s Jordan Soto converts 4 FGs, game-winner in Methodist Midlothian Player of the Week performance

Ellis County Sports report

Jordan Soto drilled a game-winning overtime field goal to lift No. 3 Midlothian Heritage over in-county rival Ennis on Friday.

The senior placekicker also connected on four other field goal attempts and two extra-point kicks during the thrilling 38-35 Jaguar win. That effort led to Soto being named the Methodist Midlothian Medical Center Player of the Week for Ellis County in week eight of the high school football season.

Soto is the second Jaguar to receive the recognition, joining quarterback Carter Rutenbar after his stellar performance in week 1 against Stephenville.

Soto connected on first-half field goals of 45 and 31 yards to go with a successful extra-point kick to cut the Ennis lead to 21-19 at the half. The senior then converted on a fourth-quarter PAT and 22-yard game-tying field goal with 2 seconds to play. The latter tied the game at 35-all.

Midlothian Heritage took the opening drive of the only overtime frame and forced Soto into a 39-yard field goal attempt. 

The junior drilled the kick and the Jaguar defense held on the ensuing Lion drive for the 38-35 victory.

Soto improved to 8-of-12 on field goal attempts on the season with a long of 50 yards. He is 37-of-38 on extra-point attempts. 

Midlothian Heritage remained a perfect 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in District 5-5A Division II.

The Jaguars also officially clinched a 5-5A DII playoff berth with the victory. Midlothian Heritage could secure the outright district crown with 2 wins and an Everman loss over its final 3 games. Everman, Ennis and Mansfield Summit currently all sit at 3-1 in the 5-5A DII standings, though the Jaguars hold the tiebreakers over both Ennis and Summit.

Midlothian Heritage will host (2-5, 0-4) Corsicana at home Friday. The Jaguars will then travel to (4-3, 2-2) Arlington Seguin on Thursday, Oct. 26, before ending the regular season at home against (5-2, 3-1) Everman at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. 

Congratulations to all of the Methodist Midlothian Medical Center Players of the Week for the 2023 Ellis County high school football season:

• Week 1: Carter Rutenbar, QB, Midlothian Heritage

• Week 2: Jermy Jackson Jr., OLB/DE, Waxahachie

• Week 3: Reggie Moody Jr., QB, Red Oak

• Week 7: Gared Wood, QB, Italy

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Methodist Midlothian Medical Center is the first community hospital in Midlothian. Conveniently located near U.S. Highway 287, our five-story medical center features a range of services, from emergency care and advanced surgery to labor and delivery and imaging. We’re here when and where you need us.

To find a doctor or view our services that range from emergency & trauma to maternity & newborn care to heart care in our state-of-the-art cath lab, visit: https://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/methodist-midlothian-medical-center/.

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith is the owner and content director of Ellis County Sports and has over a decade of award-winning sports coverage. He most recently served as the digital sports director for KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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