|Cumby loses to Melissa, 20-7|
|From Staff Reports|
Oct. 15, 2005 - MELISSA - With a must-win situation facing the Cumby Trojans in an attempt to make it to the Class A playoffs this season, the Melissa Cardinals evened their district mark at 2-2 and 5-3 overall with a 20-7 win over the Trojans Friday night.
Cumby is now 4-3 overall and 0-3 in District 17-A play with three games remaining in the season. The Trojans will have homecoming next Friday night against the Detroit Eagles with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Trojans had a hard time stopping Melissa's Antonio Gonzalez in the first half as he scored two touchdowns in a 17-second span.
Gonzalez scored his first touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Zach Williams, and then teammate Charlie Cottrell intercepted a Jake Petty pass leading to Gonzalez's second touchdown reception. Gonzalez gave Melissa a 14-0 lead on a 28-yard TD catch. Sunny Barker nailed both PATs good.
Petty led Cumby on a 63-yard scoring drive early in the fourth quarter, tossing a 16-yard scoring pass to B.T. Brown, but Melissa controlled the ball for most of the quarter to thwart the comeback.
Williams put the nail in the coffin on a 3-yard run for a 20-0 lead in the fourth quarter, but the PAT was blocked.
Melissa missed earlier scoring opportunities, missing a 20-yard field goal and failing to convert a fourth down at the Cumby 14-yard line.
The Trojans had seven first downs in the game compared to 22 first downs for Melissa and only 41 yards rushing on 25 carries as Brown led the way with 44 yards on 11 totes.
Petty finished the game 5-of-16 passing for 92 yards and one touchdown, and Josh Petty and Steven Boss each had one reception - Josh Petty' going for 34 yards and Boss' for 30 yards.
Cumby's defense gave up 277 yards of rushing offense to Melissa as Wade Saxon had 21 totes for 129 yards, while Williams had 23 carries for 90 yards, Gonzalez finished with seven totes for 54 yards, and Kaleb Kaetterhenry had two carries for 4 yards. Williams also went 8-of-10 for 97 yards passing in the game.