WHITESBORO — Melissa controlled the second quarter and behind the passing of Brendon Lewis the Cardinals came away with a 55-32 victory against the Whitesboro Bearcats in non-district action on Friday night.
Lewis was 19-of-30 for 400 yards with three touchdowns and and also ran for 78 yards and two TDs on 12 carries for Melissa (3-1).
Scout Sanders ran for two scores and had a touchdown pass while Nolan Frith finished with 109 yards and a TD on 22 carries for Whitesboro (2-2).
“Not making any excuses, we've lost to two very good football teams. We've beaten two very good football teams. What we told them [after the loss] is we've got to get healthy,” Whitesboro head coach Eddie Gill. “We're missing our starting tailback, an all Texomaland outside linebacker and a punter. Tons of kids that are on the sidelines banged up. But we've still got to get better with the ones out there. That's what tonight was all about getting film on a lot of young kids.”
Down 21 points at the half, Whitesboro scored on back-to-back drives. Touchdown runs of nine and one yard runs by Frith and Sanders pulled the Cats within nine points in the third quarter.
But problems with the special teams — converting just two-of-five PATS or conversions — left Whitesboro scrambling to catch up. Melissa went on to produce 21 straight points before Sanders, who was 12-of-25 passing for 133 yards, closed out the scoring on 19-yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter.
In the first quarter, the Bearcats were able to cash in as senior Weston Hickman found the end zone on a 72-yard pass from Scout Sanders and then a 65-yard run.
Cardinals wide receiver Kennedy Lewis, who had 10 catches for 248 yards, scored on a 23-yard pass in the first quarter and then had an 83-yard TD in the second.
Melissa scored three times in the second quarter when Brendon Lewis also connected with B.J. Lewis for a 12-yard TD and Ja'Bray Young had a six-yard touchdown run as the Cardinals took a 34-13 lead into the half.
Young added a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and totaled 124 yards on 13 carries. Breelyn Armstrong also scored on the ground for Melissa, which finished with 669 yards.
As far as losing two straight, Gill suggested that his players don't panic.
“It's almost unrealistic with the size school we are to be saying 'ok, we're gonna be 5-0,'” Gill said, “We're definitely not bypassing Fort Worth Christian, but what we want to do is be better in Week 6 when district starts and then be really good in the playoffs and so far that formula has worked.”