It wasn't until the final game of the season in 2012 that the Jaguars got their first district win, and on Friday night, the Jags manage to start the season at 1-0 in 3-2A play.
The Jaguars are currently in a three-way tie with Simmons and West Bolivar for the top spot in the region play.
"I'm glad we were able to get that first district win," head coach Joey Tompkins said. "We did a lot of good things, but there's still a lot we have to work on."
The Jaguars led 6-0 after the first period on a 15-yard run from junior running back Jhamall Archie.
Leland, who falls to 4-3, led 8-6 in the second, but the Jags held a 14-8 advantage at the half as Jairvion Williams scored with a 43-yard touchdown run. LeJarvis Jenkins later got into the end zone on the two-point conversion.
Both teams scored in the third period. Leland led 16-14, but the Jags answered with a 1-yard run and 2-point conversion run from Randy Stallworth, who started at quarterback.
Williams led the way with 157 yards on 16 carries. Stallworth finished with 49 yards on 11 tries, and Archie had 31 yards on 11 carries. The Jags had 245 yards on 40 carries as a team. Stallworth finished the game 2 of 11 for 36 yards.
Leland had 164 yards on 25 carries, and threw for 64 yards on 5 of 16 attempts passing with one interception.
Andre Williams, Tyvon Hamer and Deangelo Quarles had four tackles each for the defense. Kelvin Adams had an interception.
The Jaguars will travel to South Delta Friday to face a Bulldog team that fell 19-12 to West Bolivar last week in their district opener.
"They're going to be very fast, and they have a lot of seniors," Tompkins said. "I saw them in my last year at Eupora, and they have a lot of tradition over there."