Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill (3-1) rolled to 29 second-quarter points then cruised to a 48-7 win over Melissa on Friday at Cedar Hill. Tigers quarterback Shedeur Sanders threw for over 220 yards and three touchdowns while the TC-Cedar Hill defense held Melissa to 130 yards of total offense.
“First of all, I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a more talented football team than Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill,” Melissa head coach Matt Nally said by phone on Saturday. “We knew going into the game that they were going to be big and very athletic. We just didn’t understand how big they were going to be. … You see them in person, it’s a whole different ball game. You just have to give kudos to them. They’re well-coached and they’re extremely talented. … They’re the best football team I’ve seen in a high school game – ever. I’ll give my kids credit, though. They fought the whole game. It was a physical game.”
The Cards aided TC-Cedar Hill’s big second quarter with snaps over the punter’s head on consecutive possessions. The first led to a touchdown, the second to a safety. “Those two plays really were the defining moments of the first half,” Nally said. “The momentum swung their way that quick.”
Melissa (2-2) led after one quarter, 7-6, on a Brendon Lewis-to-Tyler Burton 3-yard touchdown pass. Burton was the Cards’ leading receiver with four catches for 39 yards. Lewis rushed for a team-high 47 yards on eight carries. Linebacker Ashton Mitchell-Johnson led Melissa with seven tackles and defensive lineman Liam Stone had five.
The Cards open district play at home on Friday versus Paris (3-1). Since a season-opening loss to Pleasant Grove, the Wildcats have posted wins over Terrell, Gilmer and Mt. Pleasant.