The Melissa Cardinals rolled past Sanger, 61-10, on Friday in District 7-4A(I) action at Cardinal Stadium. The win clinched a playoff berth for the Cards (6-3, 4-1) with one regular-season game left to play.


Quarterback Brendon Lewis threw for six touchdowns in the first half as the Cards led, 41-0, at the break. Lewis completed 14-of-21 throws for 294 yards before giving way to Parker Taylor in the second half. Taylor threw for 85 yards and a touchdown, connecting on 8-of-10 pass attempts. His 24-yard TD strike to Trey Johnson in the fourth quarter closed out the evening’s scoring.


Tyler Burton and Ezra Monroe each posted a team-high five catches for Melissa, with Burton totaling 91 yards and two TDs, and Monroe reaching 65 yards and one score. Antjuan Turner had the longest TD catch of the night – 62 yards, to push the Cards’ lead to 35-0 in the second quarter. Ja’Bray Young and Braedan Smith also had touchdown catches in the first half.


Melissa running back Xylon Posey roamed for a team-high 90 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Ashton Mitchell-Johnson was next with 51 yards and a TD on two carries. The Cards totaled 205 yards on the ground.


Linebacker Braylon Brown led Melissa’s defense with five solo tackles and five assists, as well as a quarterback sack and one tackle for a loss. Sanger (1-8, 0-5) was held to 270 yards of total offense, with 195 coming on the ground. All told, the Indians averaged 3.1 yards per play.


Melissa’s final regular-season game is Friday at North Lamar (1-8, 1-4).