NEVADA — Taylor McGehee threw four touchdown passes and Marcus Ellis scored three times as Melissa won its District 12-3A opener, 56-28, against Community on Friday night.
"I thought our kids did a great job of preparing this week," Melissa head coach Seth Stinton said. "We felt going in that we just needed to execute, overall, offensively and defensively."
Melissa (6-1, 1-0) roared to 28 first-quarter points behind Ellis, who had all his touchdowns in the opening 12 minutes and finished with 98 yards on 11 carries. Community (2-6, 0-2) was down 42-14 at half and both of its scores came on first-quarter kickoff returns for touchdowns.
"I thought, especially in the first half, we did a good job of taking away some of the things they were better at. They moved the ball a little bit and we kind of made some adjustments on the run," Stinton said.
The second quarter was delayed 20 minutes when Cardinals offensive lineman A.J. Blackwell went down with a head or neck injury and was transported by helicopter to a Plano hospital.
After speaking with a family member, Stinton said that x-rays and a CAT scan were negative and he was encouraged that Blackwell would be fine.
Just one minute of game clock had elapsed when Melissa scored its first touchdown, a 33-yard scamper by Ellis. Ellis followed that with a two-yard scoring run and a 59-yard touchdown pass from McGehee. Seconds before halftime, McGehee fired a 16-yard touchdown strike to J.C. Cottrell.
Ellis intercepted a pass on the Braves’ first drive of the second half and three plays later McGehee again found Cottrell for a touchdown pass, this time from 35 yards out.
Cottrell led all receivers in the game with 107 yards on five catches. McGehee completed 12 of 19 passes for 190 yards and four touchdowns, sharing time at quarterback with Tyler West.
C.J. Tyler’s 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter ended Melissa’s scoring for the night.
"I thought, offensively, we put together a good scheme," Stinton said. "The thing is, we’ve got a couple of weapons in there that we feel like we need to make sure we get the ball."
Melissa faces Bonham (3-5, 1-1) this week at home.