The Melissa Cardinals rolled to a 55-32 victory at Whitesboro in non-district action on Friday, Sept. 22. Cards quarterback Brendon Lewis threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns, with two scoring strikes going to Kennedy Lewis and one to BJ Lewis. Brendon Lewis also rushed for two touchdowns.
Kennedy Lewis hauled in eight passes for nearly 250 yards while teammate Ja’Bray Young rushed for 115 yards and two scores in the win, including a 40-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Breelyn Armstrong also scored a short-yardage TD in the final stanza.
Melissa (3-1) led, 34-13, at halftime and 55-25 late.
“I thought our kids did a great job,” Cards head coach Seth Stinton said. “Offensive-line-wise, they gave us some time to throw the football and [they] blocked. They did a good job for all those guys. I thought that was fantastic. … Throwing and catching, we did a good job. And once again, we got to play a lot of people, so that’s always a good thing. We’re getting better, that’s a positive.”
In the second quarter, Kennedy Lewis took a screen pass 83 yards for a touchdown to give Melissa a 28-13 lead. “He made a guy miss and then out-ran everybody,” Stinton said. “We had a good block from our inside receiver. I think Junior Castleberry was on that side, and maybe a couple of linemen. He’s getting better, that’s for sure. That was a good game.
“It seems like it’s one of those deals where it’s a different guy each week. That’s something that I think our kids take pride in. It’s not going to be the same guy. We’re excited for each other. That’s the thing that I like. We’re celebrating getting the ball to different people, and everybody is getting a little piece of it.”
Melissa has now strung together three 50-plus-point outings, all wins. “I hope that’s a sign of things to come,” Stinton said. Asked if his team is starting to hit on all cylinders, he said, “I don’t know if we’re quite where we want to be, but we’re getting there. Defensively, we did some good things and then we did some things that weren’t so good. We’ve still got to get better on that side of the ball. … I guess we’ll kind of see. I think Whitesboro is a good team. I think they’re well-coached. Coach [Eddie] Gill does a great job coaching those guys.”
Melissa travels to Princeton (1-3) on Friday, Sept. 29, then — fter a bye week — opens district play versus Bonham at home on Friday, Oct. 13.