Melissa dropped its season-opener to Argyle Liberty Christian, 21-14, on Friday, Sept. 1, at Cardinal Stadium. The Warriors led, 14-7, at halftime and built their advantage to 21-7 in the fourth quarter before Melissa quarterback Brendon Lewis and Tate Whittington teamed for a 6-yard touchdown pass in the game’s final minute.

Turnovers ended two third-quarter Melissa drives.

Down, 7-0, in the first quarter, Lewis ran nine yards for a touchdown and kicker Grayson Hurst booted the extra point to tie it up. Lewis completed 18-of-31 pass attempts for 160 yards and also rushed for a team-high 90 yards. Senior Cole McCraw led Cardinal receivers with four catches for 53 yards.

Liberty Christian’s Andre Washington scored on touchdown runs of 37 and 51 yards.

“Basically, it was a pretty good battle for us,” Melissa head coach Seth Stinton said. “Liberty Christian is a good football team. They’re going to fly around and make plays and and they did that, defensively. In fact, I think they kind of shocked us a little bit. Their defensive side was a lot better than they’ve shown on film. They did a great job … and you’ve got to give them lots of credit. They’ve got great coaches over there, a bunch of guys that have been head coaches are coaching there. [Liberty Christian assistant] Randy Mayes has been the head coach at Flower Mound. They did a great job, offensively, just scheming us a little bit.

“I thought our kids played pretty good at times. It looked like a first game. We’ve got a lot of young guys. Not making any excuses — we’ve got to get better,” Stinton stated. “That’s what you tell your guys. If things don’t go your way you can’t just stop, quit playing hard and give up. We didn’t do that. I’m proud of the way they finished the game.”