By Jason Della Rosa
MELISSA — After the Cardinals won the Class 2A Division I state championship with a talented core of seniors, there would be plenty of opportunities for a new flock of Cardinals to help the program continue its winning ways after a move up in classification.
Sophomore Cameron Hunter was one of those players able to step in and contribute as Melissa went 9-3, won the 12-3A title and reached the area round in its first year as 3A school.
“He was a pretty big impact guy for us. We used him in a lot of areas,” Melissa head coach Seth Stinton said. “We knew what he was capable of. When we gave him an opportunity he was able to take advantage. Obviously he made some big plays — big catches, big runs.”
Hunter finished the season with 13 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown and also chipped in 18 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
He also had contributions for the Cardinals in both the secondary on defense and as a member of several special teams units.
Hunter was named the Newcomer of the Year in District 12-3A and now has been selected as the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Class 3A-4A Newcomer of the Year as well.