Running back Kristov George capped two third-quarter drives with touchdown runs to lead the Melissa Cardinals to a 28-15 victory over Hempstead in the Class 2A Division I state title game Thursday night at Arlington’s Cowboy Stadium.
The state title was the first for Melissa.
George, named the game’s offensive MVP, scored on runs of 4 and 8 yards and finished with 112 yards on 21 carries.
Melissa (13-1) reeled off 21 points in the third quarter to break open a 7-7 game at the half.
Sandwiched around George's touchdown runs in the third quarter was a Wes McQueen 68-yard scoring pass to Jackson Webb. McQueen started the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Mason Hart in the first quarter.
Melissa’s defense dug in to stop two fourth-quarter threats by Hemstead (14-1) after the Bobcats closed the gap to 13 points.
“We found a way to get it done in big games,’’ Melissa coach Seth Stinton said.
In other title games on Thursday at Cowboys Stadium:
*Tenaha 52, Munday 28: Reginald Davis, a Texas Tech commit, rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns, passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns and added an 80-yard kick return for a score to lead Tenaha (15-0) to the Class A Division II title. Munday (13-3) turned the ball over four times.
*Mason 62, Stamford 40: Behind an offensive line averaging 260 pounds, David Mora rushed for 263 yards and five touchdowns to lead Mason (15-0) to a Class A Division I state championship victory. Stamford (13-3) got 351 passing yards and four touchdown passes from Hagen Hutchinson.