Melissa ends playoff run in regional semifinals

By Rick Bailey
Anna-Melissa Tribune

Argyle defeats Paris to move to Class 4A State Semifinals representing District 7-4A D1

Melissa - Class 4A Division I has been one of the state’s toughest and most successful for the 2020 season. District 7-4A DI district champion Argyle has advanced to the UIL State Semifinals following their 41-13 win over the Paris Wildcats as QB CJ Rogers threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score. Argyle because of injuries rotated four different running backs for over 300 yards on the ground. 

Melissa, district runner-up was dispatched one week earlier by the district’s third place finisher Paris in a 54-49 thriller. The Cardinals averaged 51.3 points per game and 550.3 total yards per game in their three playoff outings. Senior Braeden Smith averages 181 yards per game rushing with two games of over 200 yards during the playoffs. 

Senior receivers Antonio Robinson and Colton Wittwer both turned in great playoff performances. Robinson caught 17 passes for 273 yards with five touchdowns. Wittwer hauled in 13 balls for 187 yards and four touchdowns. Junior quarterback Sam Fennegan put the Cardinal offense on his back throwing the ball completing 49 passes in 74 attempts for 680 yards and 13 touchdowns with just four interceptions. 

The Cardinal offense and defense had contributions across the board during the 2020 playoff run. Senior Carlos Branch was one of those as he contributed on special teams, defense and hauled in eight passes for 113 yards and one touchdown during the playoffs. Seniors Caden Nordberg, Chanse Holiday, Parker Taylor, Jacob Bergthold, Dylan Herrin, Gavin Majdin, Parker Jack, Dax Ogden, Blake Brazell, Connor Thornburg, McKinnon Russell, Zach Mullen, Brian Zufelt, Blake Carrico, Bryce Martin, Damian Weideman, Luke Hansen, Hayden Notziger and Isaiah Cherry all contributed to the success of this year’s 2020 Melissa Cardinals. 

Superlatives for District 7-4A Division I will not be released until the final team in the district is out of the playoffs. The Melissa Cardinals will likely be represented across the board on offense, defense and special teams. That information will be released as soon as possible.

The Class 4A Division I playoff bracket has Argyle and matched up against Canyon who notched a hard fought 17-14 win over Springtown last week. Canyon (12-1) vs Argyle (14-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Abilene’s Anthony Field will produce the champion from Region I and II. The winner is headed to the state championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington the following week. 

The Class 4A Division I Region III and IV champion will be crowned following the matchup of Lindale (12-2) vs Austin LBJ (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Humble’s Turner Stadium.  If you like offense, this is probably the game for you as Lindale and LBJ both have the ability to score points in bunches. Lindale is averaging 48 points per contest and LBJ is averaging 57.5 points per game.  The winner of this battle will also earn the right to face the Argyle/Canyon winner for the Class 4A Division I state championship in AT&T Stadium in Arlington.