Looking to make it three in a row, Melissa traveled east on Sept. 20 to take on the Fighting Farmers of Farmersville. The Cardinals jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and — despite a late game rush — was able to make winning look easy as they took the game 42-20.
"I thought we played hard and the kids made great adjustments on the run throughout the game," Melissa Head Coach Seth Stinton said. "We are trying to put together two great halves of football. We have yet to do this and our concentration this week in practice is putting together two halves of great practice."
Melissa (3-1) jumped out to a 13-0 advantage in the first quarter. Finding the end zone were Taylor McGehee on a 30-yard quarterback keeper and J.C. Cottrell on a 6-yard reception off a pass from McGehee.
Cade Cruce connected for the extra point attempt following the first touchdown.
The Cardinals scored once again at the 9:25 mark of the second quarter off a Marcus Ellis one-yard carry and Cameron Hunter ran in the two-point conversion to put Melissa up 21-0.
Ellis led the game with 132 yards on the ground.
Farmersville finally got on the board with 1:53 seconds left before halftime when Caleb Tyford beat a Cardinal defender en route to a 76-yard catch and run from Cole Anderson and cut the lead to
That touchdown was aided by the defense stopping Melissa on a short field goal attempt at the home teams 8-yard line.
Both teams traded possessions to start the second half as both turned the ball over on fourth down on a Cardinal turnover-on-downs after an incomplete pass and 27-yard Farmers punt.
Melissa broke through at the 7:18 mark of the third quarter on an Ellis 30-yard scoring scamper on first-and-20. Daniel Acheampong added the extra point for a 22-point lead.
The Cardinal defense came up with an interception on the ensuing Farmers drive. On the first play from scrimmage McGehee found Tyler West for a 26-yard scoring reception and Acheampong nailed the point after.
After forcing another punt, Melissa back-up quarterback Tyler West went in from 1-yard out. Acheampong hit the extra point for their final points of the game.
Farmersville responded with back-to-back 1-yard scoring runs up the middle from Darrin Pennington and Erik Patino split the uprights on both PATs. Ultimately, Melissa handed Famersville a 22-point defeat at Fightin’ Farmers Stadium.
Melissa will try and spoil the homecoming celebration for Paris High School this Friday.
"Paris is very athletic and they are well coached," Stinton said. "They will play extremely hard on their homecoming."