MELISSA — Taylor McGehee threw two touchdowns and ran for two more as Melissa scored 33 consecutive points to defeat Van Alstyne, 47-20, in non-district play on Friday.
"Van Alstyne did a great job and had a great game plan in the first half," Melissa head coach Seth Stinton said. "We made a couple of adjustments in the second half.
"Our kids did a great job of making those adjustments and played better in the second half."
Melissa (1-1) got the win despite being without standout Jackson Webb, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.
Terry Lawrence rushed for 150 yards for Van Alstyne (1-1), which answered the Cardinals’ first two touchdown drives with scoring runs by Alex Phillips.
Phillips, who also threw a touchdown, scored his second touchdown on a 31-yard run with 9:05 left in the second quarter to cut the lead to 14-13.
However, Melissa scored 20 points during the final 4:24 of the first half. McGehee connected with Cameron Hunter for a 71-yard touchdown pass, ran for a 72-yard score and found J.C. Cottrell for a 41-yard touchdown connection. Cottrell finished with 79 yards on five receptions.
Leading 34-13 at halftime, Marcus Ellis had a 20-yard TD run in the third and Tyler West added a four-yard score later in the quarter to complete the 33-0 run for Melissa.
Van Alstyne added a final score when Phillips found Riley Sprowl for a 41-yard touchdown pass with 4:49 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals led 7-0 after McGehee ended their first possession with a one-yard score.
Ellis, who had a team-leading 89 rushing yards, accounted for 32 on the second-to-last play of the five-play 45-yard drive.
Van Alstyne answered on its ensuring possession with a one-yard touchdown run by Phillips and a Matt Perez extra-point kick for the only tie of the game with 5:44 left in the first quarter.
The drive covered 69 yards, including a 31-yard gain by Lawrence, and twice benefited from offsides penalties on Melissa.
The Cardinals then took the lead for good later in the quarter. Hunter returned a fumble three yards for a touchdown with 2:20 left and Cade Cruce hit the extra-point kick for a 14-7 lead.
A 58-yard punt by C. J. Tyler set up the score, pinning the Panthers at their three. Two plays later, Hunter scored.