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Parker Taylor and Sam Fennegan Talk Melissa’s 3-0 Start

Not many teams are off to a hotter start than Melissa. After their week one win, we covered wide receiver Antonio Robinson and their win over Celina.

This past week, Melissa had to face one of the best teams in all of 3A, Pottsboro. What happened was the absolute demolition of Pottsboro at the hands of melissa. A 51-17 thrashing.

Melissa had a quarterback by committee as Sam Fennegan took a majority of the snaps with recently healthy Parker Taylor. Fennegan on the day completed a “Dawson” a term for when a quarterback has more touchdowns than incompletions and also has at least three touchdowns. For the day he completed 12 of his 14 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor came in briefly and had 80 yards and a score.

“Coming off an injury it was great to be back out there with my team and it’s always fun to go out there and dominate,” Taylor said.

“It feels good anytime you win a game. Coach Nalley has been preaching to us to not get too high and not get to low. So with these wins, while we’re glad we won we still have a lot to focus on and improve,” Fennegan added.

Melissa is now 3-0 on the season with wins over Celina, Sunnyvale, and now Pottsboro. Melissa not only looks like one of the best in the DFW area but one of the best in all of 4A.

“Everyone has really come together as brothers with the same goal in mind and we’ve been able to show that on the field,” Tayler said on the key to their success.

“We play as a team. It’s a great group of guys who feed off each other’s success. Everyone is dedicated and bought into the coaches and team,” Fennegan added.

Melissa in a few short weeks has played themselves into contender conversation. You don’t just dismantle a Pottsboro team like that and be silent about it. This offense of Melissa is explosive in every facet of the word.

Expect Melissa to keep making noise until their deep into the playoffs.

“We’re going to continue to roll that we’re on and keep it going into the playoffs,” Taylor said.

“You can expect us to keep doing what we’re doing. We’re going to play hard and fast, and like I said before we’re gonna continue to try and improve,” Fennegan said.

Parker Taylor is in his last season with Melissa while Fennegan has two more years to go. What should you know about them?

“That I’m going to give it all I have on the field and try and make everyone better around me in the process,” Taylor said.

“I’m just a 16-year-old kid who loves the game of football and is dedicated to this team,” Fennegan said.

Melissa will now look forward to the 1-2 Stephenville Yellowjackets this upcoming Friday.

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