ARGYLE — In a game that featured unseasonably chilly temperatures and a high number of flags, the Liberty Christian Warriors dominated the Melissa Cardinals (0-3) 34-7 Friday night.
The low temperatures posed a few problems for the players as the temperature dropped to 59 degrees.
“It was difficult at first getting snaps under center,” Liberty Christian quarterback Nick Starkle said. “I started going back into the shotgun like normal after that.”
Between both teams there were 21 penalties. The Warriors were responsible for 13 accounting for 121 yards, and Melissa had 8 flags against them for 55 yards.
“There was a lack of focus,” Liberty Christian coach Barton Hundley said. “That’s all there was to it.”
Liberty Christian (2-1-1) had a solid offensive outing with 359 total yards. In the first half, the Warriors aired the ball out the majority of the time then shifted to a ground attack for the remainder of the game.
Quarterback Nick Starkle came out with force in the first half, completing seven of eight passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, connecting both times with reciever Justus Lee.
“We had a good game plan going into it [tonight’s game],” Starkle said. “We read the defense and knew exactly what we were going to do against them.”
The second half was all Liberty as the Warriors found the end zone three times, with two touchdowns scored by running back Ryan Vollenhals. He scored on a a 16-yard run in the third, and added another of 11 yards in the fourth.
“We realized that the more we passed, the more it opened up the running game,” Vollenhals said. “The offensive line opened up holes and made it easier for me.”
While Liberty Christian showed success in the air, Melissa found its success on the ground carrying the ball 26 times for 146 total yards. Warriors’ defense shut down Melissa’s recievers, holding the Cardinals to 46 passing yards.
The Cardinals scored their only points on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Taylor McGehee.
The Warriors face Fort Worth Nolan next week.
Liberty Christian 34, Melissa 7
LB — Justus Lee 38 pass from Nick Starkel (Cole Austin kick)
MS — Taylor McGehee 2 run (Carlos Mendez kick)
LB — Justus Lee 59 pass from Nick Starkel (Cole Austin kick)
LB — Kason Howell 4 run
LB — Ryan Vollenhals 11 run (Cole Austin kick)
LB — Ryan Vollenhals 16 run (Cole Austin kick)
RUSHING — LB: Ryan Vollenhals 14-116, Zack Keller 3-12, Kyleb Howell 1-4, Kason Howell 1-4, Nick Starkel 2--3, Jalen Hurt 2--7, MS: Jordan Fortner 17-82, Taylor McGehee 11-62, Zak Beasley 5-18, Karson Munson 4-16, Tom Whitson 1--3.
PASSING — LB: Nick Starkel 15-22-0-239, MS: Taylor McGehee 7-20-0-46.
RECEIVING — LB: Justus Lee 4-113, Drew Hunnicutt 3-48, Jordan Brown 1-32, Jalen Hurt 4-24, Hunter Griffith 2-18, Ryan Vollenhals 1-4, MS: Dylan Cardwell 4-36, Joe Ragon 1-6, Zak Beasley 1-4, Jordan Fortner 1-0.