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.
Melissa 14 20 13 0 — 47
Van Alstyne 7 6 0 7 — 20
MS — Taylor McGehee 1-yard run (Cade Cruce kick)
VA — Alex Phillips 1-yard run (Matt Perez kick)
MS — Cameron Hunter 3-yard fumble return (Cade Cruce kick)
VA — Alex Phillips 31-yard run (kick failed)
MS — Cameron Hunter 71-yard pass from Taylor McGehee (kick failed)
MS — Taylor McGehee 72-yard run (Cade Cruce kick)
MS — J.C. Cottrell 41-yard pass from Taylor McGehee (Cade Cruce kick)
MS — Marcus Ellis 20-yard run (Cade Cruce kick)
MS — Tyler West 4-yard run (run failed)
VA — Riley Sprowl 41-yard pass from Alex Phillips (Matt Perez kick)
Total yards 463 313
First downs 12 15
Rushes-Yds 34-242 4 0-234
Pass yards 221 79
Punts-Avg 6-27 6-21
Passing – Melissa: Taylor McGehee 13-22-153-2-0, Tyler West 8-9-68-0-0; Van Alstyne: Alex Phillips 9-18-79-1-0, Bryce Moody 0-1-0-0-0;
Rushing – Melissa: Marcus Ellis 10-91, Taylor McGehee 5-73, Tyler West 8-36, Karson Munson 7-21, Cade Cruce 3-11, CJ Tyler 1-10; Van Alstyne: Terry Lawrence 23-150, Alex Phillips 14-79, Kearon Redmon 1-4, Jake Haker 1-1, Bryce Moody 1-0;
Receiving – Melissa: Cameron Hunter 4-84, J.C. Cottrell 5-79, Xavier Mason 3-32, Marcus Ellis 1-10, Clifton Littleton 3-10, Dylan Cardwell 2-5, Cade Cruce 1-5, Tristan Sanner 1-(-4); Van Alstyne: Riley Sprowl 2-46, Shawn Wheeler 3-20, Kearon Redmon 1-9, Trey Burden 1-5, Terry Lawrence 2-(-1).