Melissa’s Cardinals cruised to a 42-15 road win over the Caddo Mills Foxes at Ed Locker Stadium on Friday, Oct 20, improving to 2-0 in district play and 6-1 overall. Cards quarterback Brendon Lewis threw for 230 yards, with touchdown tosses to Tate Whittington, Kennedy Lewis and Junior Castleberry. Ja’Bray Young and Breelyn Armstrong led Melissa rushers with 59 and 41 yards, respectively.

The Cards led, 21-0, in the second quarter and had a 28-2 advantage by halftime after Chance Mapps’ interception return for a touchdown.

“I thought our kids did a great job,” Melissa head coach Seth Stinton said. “We came out ready to play. That was evident how we started the game. We drove down and scored, stopped them on defense, drove down and scored — got up, 14-0, on them. I thought that was really big. And I thought our defense played awesome. They gave up one score in the first half and one kind of late in the second half. Overall, on both sides of the ball, I thought our kids were prepared and really got after them. … They just did a tremendous job against a good football team.”

Stinton said Caddo Mills’ huge offensive line, talent in the offensive backfield and a blitzing defense make the Foxes a dangerous opponent, as evidenced by their close game with Celina the week before. “I thought what they did to Celina was really good,” Stinton said. “They schemed them pretty well and, offensively, they were very efficient.”

Melissa’s win at Caddo Mills in fact sets up Friday’s showdown with Celina (5-2, 2-0) at Cardinal Stadium, a game many have anticipated for weeks.

“I think it’ll be a good week,” Stinton said. “I know there’s been a lot of people waiting for this one. The coaches, we want to win each game and we’re trying to focus on the opponent that’s next. But I’d lie if I tell you this wasn’t something that everybody’s been thinking about. So, it’s here and we have to a great job of preparing for them. They’re going to be a good football team and it ought to be a good test for us.”

Celina defeated Melissa last year, 40-7, at Bobcat Stadium.