Pirates Grab Share of CAL National
Cedar Creek could have let last week's playoff loss linger and affect their play against St. Augustine, but the Pirates put that beind them and kept their eyes on the prize. A win would cause a three way tie atop the Cape Atlantic League National Conference standings to include Cedar Creek, St. Augustine and Bridgeton. A loss would leave Cedar Creek with just a seven win season. Both are commendable, but the Pirates wanted something to show for all the hard work this season.
The Pirates received the kickoff. A tense moment for Creek crazies ensued when the return was fumbled, but recovered by Cedar Creek. A few plays later, Mitchell lined up in the wildcat, took the direct snap to the right, through the St. Augustine defense and 53 yards for the score. The extra point was no good, giving the Pirates a 6-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Mitchell lined up again, took a direct snap, and weaved his way through the defense on another 55 yard touchdown run. Pirates lead grew to 12-0.
The Pirate defense played a huge game, holding league leading rusher Lamont Harris to only 83 total yards, about half his game average this season. Prep QB Jose Tabora also led the league in passing with over 2000 yards this season, though only 45 came against the Pirates. For the Prep, it seemed like it didn't matter what the formation, who got the ball, pass or run, Cedar Creek dominated them on the line of scrimmage and often hurried their plays.
The score remained 12-0 through the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, at St. Augustine's 35 yard line, Cedar Creek ran what looked like another reverse, but when Bo Melton took the second handoff, he stopped, planted, and threw the ball up to the endzone. Awaiting was a wide open Ahmir Mitchell, for his third touchdown of the day. Moran's kick made the score 19-0.
Keith Alston added a 4 yard touchdown run. The icing on the cake was Karl Reik's 70 yard interception return to put the game completely out of reach at 33-0.
The win gives Cedar Creek a share of the CAL National Conference Championship. The first group of seniors to play all four years for the green and maroon will be able to see all they accomplished when Cedar Creek's first football championship banner is hung in the rafters in the gym. Though the victory is sweet and the seniors can go out on top, some of the underclassmen are already talking about and working towards the next championship.
In what many local football experts tabbed as a rebuilding year, the Pirates finish 8-2 with a playoff appearance and a championship. That's a pretty good rebuilding year.