Date Change for Cedar Creek/St. Augustine Prep Game
The Pirates' final game against St. Augustine Prep, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 29, has been rescheduled to this Saturday, November 22. Kickoff will be at 1PM at Cedar Creek High School.
Milza Shines Again as Pirates Make Statement to NJSIAA
In an NJSIAA consolation matchup, the Cedar Creek Pirates hosted the Sterling Silver Knights (5-3). Both teams were looking to make statements and prove that they belonged in the group 2 playoff picture.
Cedar Creek struck first late in the first quarter when Jesse Milza found Ahmir Mitchell at the goal line from 25 yards out to put the Pirates up 7-0. Sterling threatened on their next possession, bringing the ball to just outside the red zone, but the Pirate defense held them on a 4th down conversion try to give the ball back to the offense early in the 2nd quarter. Cedar Creek marched down the field to the 15 yard line, where Milza found Mitchell again on a wide receiver screen to put the Pirates up 14-0. Later in the 2nd quarter, Sterling’s running back bounced it out to the right and ran it 56 yards for a Silver Knight touchdown, bringing the score to 14-7. With just a minute left in the half, Cedar Creek started their next possession on their own 35 yard line. Milza worked quickly down the field to bring the Pirate offense into the red zone again where Pat Moran made his second field goal of the season as time expired in the half, putting the Pirates up 17-7 heading to the locker room.
Cedar Creek started the 3rd quarter with great field position in Sterling territory, but a fumble by Nate Pauls gave the ball back to Sterling, but the defense stood tall and forced a punt. Cedar Creek put together an 11 play, 78 yard drive, ending with Milza hooking up with Bo Melton on a screen to the left side for a 25 yard score putting the Pirates up 24-7. After another three and out by the defense, the Pirates took over again at their own 25 yard line. On the fifth play of the drive, Milza found Melton again for a 40 yard completion to the 3 yard line, where Nate Pauls finished it off with a touchdown run, putting the Pirates up 31-7 early in the 4th quarter. Sterling’s next possession ended with a punt, but Jose Quinones got to the punter and blocked the punt giving the Pirates another chance to score with excellent field position. Milza and the offense did not disappoint, on the third play of the drive, finding Bo Melton again on a screen play for a 10 yard touchdown, putting Cedar Creek up 38-7. The game would end with that score, and Sterling was unable to put anything together in the last three minutes.
Cedar Creek will look to end the season on a high note two Saturday’s from now as they host the Hermits from St. Augustine Prep, coming off an impressive showing against national power Don Bosco Prep in the Non Public playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 AM at Cedar Creek High School.
Pirates Miss Out on Playoffs in Loaded Group 2
Cedar Creek just missed out on making the 2014 South Jersey Group 2 playoffs. Group 2 was loaded this year, with 10 teams finishing with winning records. Cedar Creek finished with 96 power points, trailing the 8 seed, Collingswood, by just 3 points. A season that began with very high expectations ends in a dissapointing fasion. Cedar Creek will host the Sterling Silver Knights in a NJSIAA consolation game next Saturday, November 15 at 1PM. The Pirates will look to make a statement and prove that they did belong in the playoffs.
Milza Has Career Day as Defense Pitches Fourth Straight Shutout
Entering their game against the Pleasantville Greyhounds, Cedar Creek needed a win and some help to secure a playoff spot. The Pirates sure enough did their part, behind a career game from QB Jesse Milza.
Cedar Creek struck first, after forcing a three and out, leaving the Pirates with exceptional field position, Jesse Milza connected with Ahmir Mitchell on a perfectly placed ball into the outstretched arms of Mitchell for a 20 yard touchdown, to put Cedar Creek up 7-0 early. Cedar Creek didn’t wait long to add to that lead as after another three and out, Khamir Harvey received the punt at his own 47, and returned it 53 yards for a Pirate touchdown, his second return TD of the year, putting Cedar Creek up 14-0 just four minutes into the game. Yet another three and out gave the Pirates the ball back at their own 47 yard line. The Pirates brought the ball into the red zone, and then Jesse Milza found a wide open Bo Melton for the 16 yard touchdown pass to put Cedar Creek up 21-0. Pleasantville was forced to punt again on their next possession, giving the Pirates the ball on their own 35 to start as the first quarter came to an end.
Cedar Creek started the 2nd quarter on their own 35, and two plays later, Milza found Melton wide open again in the middle of the field, as Melton ran the rest of the way for the 57 yard touchdown reception to put Cedar Creek up 28-0. A poor punt after another three and out forced by the Pirate defense, gave the offense excellent field position on the Greyhound 38 yard line. The Pirates moved the ball to the red zone, but a fumble by Isa Willis in the red zone gave the ball back to the Greyhounds however the Pirate defense again stepped up and forced a turnover on downs as Cedar Creek took over just outside the red zone. They weren’t going to be denied again as they brought the ball all the way to the 1 yard line where Isa Willis finished it off with the score, putting the Pirates up 35-0. The 2nd quarter ended very shortly after, as the Pirates went to the locker room up big.
Pleasantville started the 2nd half with a short kickoff, hoping for a mistake by Cedar Creek, but Isaiah Watson made them pay and returned it all the way back to the 10 yard line. On the first play, Jalil Burrell, broke multiple tackles and pounded his way to the endzone to put the Pirates up 42-0 early in the 2nd half. After another three and out, Pleasantville got off a great punt, pinning the Pirates all the way back to their own 7 yard line. The Pirates were forced to punt for the first time today, and gave the Greyhounds good field position at the Pirate 35 yard line. Pleasantville threatened, but were turned over on downs where Cedar Creek took over at their own 15. On the second play though, Nate Pauls put the ball on the ground and gave it back to the Greyhounds. The Cedar Creek defense stood their ground yet again and forced another turnover on downs. On the Pirates first play of the possession Jesse Milza found Ahmir Mitchell short over the middle, and Mitchell outran the defenders for the 85 yard touchdown, and the fourth for Milza on the day, putting Cedar Creek up 49-0. After a few offensive plays from Pleasantville, the clock hit triple zeros, and Cedar Creek celebrated the victory, and improved to 6-2 (5-2) on the year. Cedar Creek did their part and now had to just sit back and wait to see if they’d get the help they needed to earn a trip back to Camden to try to seek revenge on last year’s playoff defeat.
Pirate Defense Continues its Dominance While Mitchell Shines on Offense
On Halloween night, Cedar Creek visited Middle Township. Despite missing trick-or-treating, the Pirate defense treated its fans to yet another dominant performance.
Cedar Creek struck quickly in the game, with Ahmir Mitchell rushing to the right for a 62 yard touchdown on their first play from scrimmage, putting the Pirates up 6-0. On the ensuing Panther possession, Zach Newman intercepted a pass to give the Pirates the ball on their own 38 yard line. The Pirates put together an impressive 8 play drive, culminating with Jesse Milza finding Ahmir Mitchell for the 14 yard touchdown pass, putting Cedar Creek up 12-0. Another interception, this time by Karl Riek, gave the Pirates the ball back in Panther territory on the 48 yard line to close out the 1st quarter.
Cedar Creek overcame a few penalties on their next drive, to put together a 12 play, almost 6 minute drive, ending with Jalil Burrell pounding it in from 4 yards out, and putting the Pirates up 18-0 after a failed 2-point attempt. After a three and out, Cedar Creek put together another nice drive, and after a 51 yard screen pass from Milza to Isa Willis, the Pirates looked poised to add to their lead. A few penalties and good goal line defense by the Panthers kept the Pirates out of the endzone for a few plays, but Ahmir Mitchell would not be denied when he rushed to the right, and then performed a complete about face and ran all the way across the field to score from 8 yards out, putting Cedar Creek up 25-0 with just over 1:30 left in the first half. Middle returned the ensuing kickoff all the way back to the Pirate 8 yard line, where a touchdown saving tackle by Nick Sartorio kept the shut out alive for the time being. A huge goal line stand by the Pirate defense stuffed the Panthers every time they tried to run a play. Middle attempted a 20 yard field goal, but the kicker pushed it right of the upright, turning the ball over to Cedar Creek. Cedar Creek took a knee to enter the second half up 25-0.
Milza made his only mistake of the game, throwing into double coverage on the 2nd play of the half, and Middle Township picked it off at their own 20 yard line, but the Pirate defense stood tall once again forcing a three and out. After a long drive, Cedar Creek brought the ball deep into Panther territory, but couldn’t punch it in. Pat Moran came on though, and connected from 26 yards out on his first career field goal to put the Pirates up 28-0 with about 5 minutes left in the quarter. Middle Township started putting together what looked like a good drive, but that ended when Pirate defensive back Malachi Timberlake timed his jump on a route perfectly and picked the ball off and ran it back 60 yards for a score, putting Cedar Creek up 35-0.
After another three and out early in the fourth quarter, Cedar Creek took over on the Middle Township 47. After a few plays, Jesse Milza found Ahmir Mitchell in the middle of the field, and after eluding six Panther defenders, Mitchell ran it in for the 31 yard touchdown pass, scoring his fourth touchdown of the game. That put the Pirates up 42-0 with 6:20 left in the game. With the running clock, the rest of fourth quarter went quickly and uneventfully. Cedar Creek improves to 5-2 (4-2) on the season and will return home for a matchup with the Greyhounds of Pleasantville next Saturday at 1PM.
Pirates' Rushing Attack Too Much for the Caper Tigers
Looking to go on their first winning streak of the season, Cedar Creek traveled to Lower Township to play the Lower Cape May Regional Caper Tigers. The Pirate running game did not disappoint, racking up 199 yards on the ground and 5 touchdowns.
The start of the first quarter saw both teams punt on their opening possessions. A booming punt by Michaelangelo Williams pinned Lower Cape May deep, back at their own 7 yard line. The defense stepped up, forced a three and out, and the ensuing punt left the Pirates with great field position at the Lower 20 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Ahmir Mitchell took the handoff and ran to the right for a 20 yard touchdown, to put the Pirates up 7-0.
Cedar Creek started the 2nd quarter with the ball on the Lower Cape May 37 yard line. Khamir Harvey hauled a pass from Jesse Milza to the 5 yard line, where Louie Pitale capped off the drive with the 5 yard scamper putting the Pirates up 13-0. Cedar Creek forced another three and out on the next Tiger possession and again started with excellent field position on the good side of the 50. After a couple plays, Jesse Milza connected with Ahmir Mitchell for a 24 yard touchdown (his second of the day) to put the Pirates up 20-0. Garry Voss forced a fumble on the next Tiger possession, recovered by Dennis Woodley on the Tiger 7 yard line, again setting the Pirates up with a great scoring opportunity, and they did just that with a pounding run up the middle by Dennis Woodley, for his first score of the season, putting Cedar Creek up 26-0. Cedar Creek wasn’t done in the second quarter though after an interception by Malachi Timberlake, and return back deep into Lower Cape May territory where the Pirates started the drive on the 12 yard line, looking to add to their lead. The second play, Bo Melton fakes the handoff in the Wildcat and runs to the left for the score, putting the Pirates up 33-0.
Lower Cape May started the second half with a surprise onside kick, but it was recovered by Cedar Creek’s Frank Rivera. Cedar Creek took advantage again of great field position. After a big 30 yard run by Nate Pauls, Jesse Milza connected with Zach Newman on the WR screen, and Zach did the rest, following his blockers into the endzone, putting Cedar Creek up 39-0. After yet another three and out by the defense, Cedar Creek started their next drive again in Lower Cape May territory, and they weren’t there long. Ahmir Mitchell took the handoff to the right for a 35 yard touchdown on the first play of the drive, putting Cedar Creek up 46-0. The rest of the quarter was mostly uneventful as Cedar Creek started the fourth quarter up big, with the defense looking to pitch its second consecutive shutout.
Thanks to the running clock, the fourth quarter went quickly. Lower Cape May put together a nice 60 yard drive, but ran of time to put points on the board. Cedar Creek improves to 4-2 (3-2) and will look to build on their first winning streak of the season as they travel to face Middle Township on Halloween.
Pirates Extend Winning Streak Against Falcons
Coming out of their second bye week, the Pirates looked to get back on track against intra-district rival, the Oakcrest Falcons, and improve to 3-0 all time against the Falcons. Realizing the importance and potential playoff implications this game held for the Pirates, they came out ready to play, decked out in their new all black uniforms.
The first quarter was a back and forth field position battle. The Pirates put together a great drive at the end of the first quarter, and capped it off with an Isa Willis two yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter, giving the Pirates a 6-0 lead. Cedar Creek struck again late in the second half, with a 16 yard touchdown pass from Jesse Milza to Ahmir Mitchell to put the Pirates up 12-0 going into halftime.
The third quarter was mostly uneventful, with Cedar Creek turning the ball over once, but every other third quarter possession for both teams ended with a punt. The Pirates’ last drive of the third quarter was a good one, starting at their own 31 yard line, the Pirates put together a 69 yard drive, all on the ground with the help of 10 yard runs by Nate Pauls and Ahmir Mitchell, and a 30 yard run by Bo Melton, helped the Pirates get to the red zone, and Isa Willis again capped of the drive with a short touchdown run. Cedar Creek then went to their bag of tricks and drew up a pass play from Bo Melton to Ahmir Mitchell for a successful two point conversion, putting the Pirates up 20-0 early in the fourth quarter. Oakcrest threatened to end the shutout twice in the fourth quarter, but both drives were halted by key interceptions deep in Pirate territory. Karl Riek picked off one errant pass, and Bo Melton pulled down a jump ball in the end zone to preserve the shut out with just 46 seconds left to go. The Pirates went into the victory formation to run out the clock, and when the clock hit triple zeros, the Pirates defeated the Falcons 20-0.
The Cedar Creek defense was nothing short of dominant in this game, giving up just 52 yards, and only 3 yards on the ground on 28 attempts while also forcing two key turnovers in the fourth quarter. This win brought the Pirates record to 3-2 (2-2) and was huge for Cedar Creek playoff hopes in a loaded South Jersey Group 2 this year. The Pirates will look to get on their first winning streak of the season, as they visit the Lower Cape May Tigers next Saturday at 1PM.
Bridgeton Run Game Proves Too Much for Cedar Creek
Coming off of a blowout win against Holy Spirit, the Pirates appeared to be back on track, and poised to exact revenge for their only regular season loss last season at the hands of the Bridgeton Bulldogs.
Bridgeton started quickly, scoring on their first possession of the game. Trey Blackwell and Bo Melton kept the Bulldogs out of the endzone on the 2-point try to give Bridgeton a 6-0 lead. The rest first quarter would go back and forth with no real scoring threat for either team. Cedar Creek would change that though, less than 2 minutes into the 2nd quarter. Two big completions from Milza to Melton for 17 and 18 yards, set up Jalil Burrell for the 4 yard score. Pat Moran added the XP to give Cedar Creek a 7-6 lead. Bridgeton threatened late in the 2nd quarter, deep in Pirates territory, but a forced fumble from JB Burrell, recovered by Ahmir Mitchell on the Pirates 11 yard line gave Cedar Creek a chance to stretch the lead before heading to the locker rooms. After a perfectly executed pass from Jesse Milza to JB Burrell for 46 yards, to the Bridgeton 41 yard line, the Pirates seemed poised to do just that. Four straight incompletions followed however, and Cedar Creek failed to capitalize, with the teams heading to the locker rooms with a score of Cedar Creek 7, Bridgeton 6.
Cedar Creek received the 2nd half’s opening kickoff, but QB Jesse Milza threw an interception on the first play of the 2nd half, giving Bridgeton a chance to take the lead. The Bulldogs made the most of the turnover and completed the 4 minute drive with a 3 yard touchdown run. Bridgeton successfully converted for 2 points, but an offensive penalty pushed them back 15 yards, where they ultimately missed the XP, giving Bridgeton a 12-6 lead. The rest of the 3rd quarter saw a turnover for each team, but neither team able to capitalize on the other team’s mistake, and the fourth quarter began with Bridgeton up 5, and threatening to add to that lead, starting the fourth quarter just outside the red zone.
After a 19 yard complete, Bridgeton ran it in from the 5 yard line, and added the 2-point conversion, to go up 20-7. Cedar Creek turned the ball over on downs their next possession and Bridgeton again looked to take advantage of the great field position. The Pirates defense however stood strong and forced a field goal attempt, which turned out to be a fake, but JB Burrell sniffed it out and forced the turnover. A quick 12 yard completion to Nate Pauls, and then a huge 60 yard pitch and catch from Milza to Mitchell closed the gap again, putting the Pirates down 20-13.
Cedar Creek’s defense stood tall again, forcing a punt from the Bulldog offense, but a muffed punt return, led to a turnover, and Bridgeton getting a fresh set of downs fro the Pirates 11 yard line. That proved too costly, and Bridgeton wasted no time adding points to the board, and taking a 27-13 lead. That was the final draw, as Cedar Creek was unable to mount a comeback, and fell to Bridgeton by a final score of 27-13.
Cedar Creek (2-2, 1-2) is off next week, and will return to action at home on Saturday, October 18 at 2PM against intra-district rival, the Oakcrest Falcons.
Mitchell’s Three Touchdowns Help Spark Rout of Spartans
Coming off of a very disappointing loss last weekend at home, the Pirates traveled to Absecon for their first ever matchup against the Spartans of Holy Spirit High School.
Cedar Creek’s defense forced a quick three and out to start the game. On their first possession, the Pirates jumped out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to a 40 yard touchdown run by Ahmir Mitchell. Holy Spirit came right back and tied the game after a six minute scoring drive covering 62 yards. On the ensuing kickoff, Ahmir Mitchell returned the ball 83 yards for a touchdown, to give the Pirates a 13-7 lead with just about 2.5 minutes left in the first quarter. Holy Spirit put together another long drive, running the ball well, going 57 yards on 9 plays to take a 14-13 lead early in the 2nd quarter.
The Pirates next possession started with almost another touchdown return, this time by Khamir Harvey, but he was tripped up around midfield. After a few runs, and a 21 yard gain by Nate Pauls, Jalil Burrell hit pay dirt from 10 yards out to give the Pirates the lead again 20-14. The Pirates never looked back after that, adding a 28 yard touchdown run by Bo Melton and a 75 yard interception return by Ahmir Mitchell in the second quarter, sending Cedar Creek to the locker room up 33-14.
Early in the 3rd quarter, Jesse Milza connected with Khamir Harvey for a 41 yard touchdown pass. Then on the 2nd play of the 4th quarter, Milza hit Karl Riek on a perfectly executed screen play for a 44 yard touchdown. In the middle of the 4th quarter, Bo Melton scored his 2nd touchdown of the night to put the Pirates up 54-14.
The Pirate defense was solid all game, forcing three turnovers, clogging up running lanes, and putting pressure on the quarterback almost every play. Jose Quinones had a career game on defense recording two tackles for losses, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
Cedar Creek will return home to face the Bridgeton Bulldogs next Saturday, looking to avenge their only regular season loss during last season.
Mistakes Prove Costly for Cedar Creek
The Buena Chiefs came to Egg Harbor City looking to solidify themselves as a Group 2 contender against a Group 2 favorite, the Cedar Creek Pirates. The game started sloppy, with both teams turning the ball over on each of their first two possessions. Buena finally cashed in early in the 2nd quarter with a 5 yard touchdown run to take a 6-0 lead. Cedar Creek struggled to really get any momentum going at all during the first half. Buena added a field goal late in the 2nd quarter to take a 9-0 lead into halftime.
Cedar Creek got the ball to start the 2nd half and looked to get back in the game, until an interception by Jessie Milza gave the ball back to Buena. Buena did not give up the good field position and pounded the ball into the endzone again to take a 16-0 lead. Buena ran the ball all over the field, racking up 251 yards on the ground on 62 carries. Cedar Creek’s offense continued to struggle in the 2nd half and couldn’t get anything going until it was too late. After a forced fumble by JB Burrell, quarterback Jessie Milza drove the Pirates 60 yards for their first and only score of the game as time expired, making the final score 16-6.
Cedar Creek will look to bounce back in a big way Friday night at 7PM against the Holy Spirit Spartans at Holy Spirit High School.
Cedar Creek Starts Fast and Never Looks Back
In a rare South Jersey vs. North Jersey matchup, the Cedar Grove Panthers took the two hour trek to Egg Harbor City to face off against the Pirates. Cedar Creek took an early lead, thanks to an 80 yard touchdown run by Nate Pauls on the second play of the game. The Panthers would have tied it right up on the ensuing kickoff, if not for a touchdown saving tackle by Garry Voss at the 15 yard line. The Cedar Creek defense stood their ground and forced a turnover on downs, despite the Panthers starting in the possession in their red zone. The Panthers had another great scoring opportunity, starting their next possession on the two yard line after a bad snap on a Cedar Creek punt attempt. The Cedar Creek defense again proved too much for Cedar Grove’s offense, forcing another three and out. This became a pattern throughout the day, as the Pirates defense held Cedar Grove to just three first downs the whole game.
The second quarter began with Cedar Creek up 7-0, and they went right back to work, marching 67 yards down the field, culminating in Jesse Milza delivering a perfect fade pass to Ahmir Mitchell in the corner of the endzone, giving the Pirates a 14-0 lead. The rest of the second quarter was a struggle for field position until 17 seconds left in the half. Cedar Grove lined up to punt the ball away and hopefully go into the locker room down just two scores at half, but Khamir Harvey had other plans. Thanks to a huge clearing block by Bo Melton, Harvey returned the punt 65 yards for the touchdown as time expired, giving Cedar Creek a 20 point halftime lead.
Cedar Creek threatened to score again early in the third, thanks to an interception from Zach Newman at the Panther 15, and returned to the 2 yard line, but the Panther defense stepped up and kept the Pirates out of the endzone. Not to be outdone, the Pirates defense forced a three and out and started their next possession with great field position at the Panther 38. Cedar Creek would not be denied this time, and five plays later, JB Burrell found a hole and rushed 22 yards for the score. On the ensuing Panther possession, Michaelangelo Williams forced a fumble, which was recovered by Nate Pauls to again give the Pirates a very short field very late in the third quarter.
Once again, the Pirates took advantage and JB powered up the middle for his second score of the game, putting Cedar Creek up 34-0 with 11:33 left in the fourth quarter. In their next possession, Pirate quarterback, Jesse Milza, flicked a screen pass out to Ahmir Mitchell, who after a few quick moves, was off the races for an 84 yard touchdown. That put Cedar Creek up 41-0 and Cedar Grove was not able to mount a scoring drive during their last possession.
Cedar Creek has a bye week next week, and will face the Buena Chiefs on Varsity Day at Cedar Creek on Saturday, September 20th at 1:00 PM.
2013 Highlight Tape
2014 Schedule Released
Cedar Creek retains games against Bridgeton, Oakcrest, Lower Cape May, Middle, St. Augustine, Pleasantville and Buena. The Pirates welcome Cedar Grove and Holy Spirit to their schedule. See all the dates and times on the schedule page.
CAL All Stars Named
Cedar Creek's 8-2 season and share of the CAL National Championship opened a lot of eyes around the league. Named to the first team were LB Dustin Voss, C Chris Lynch, DT Ralph Collazo and DT Keith Alston. Voss, Collazo and Alston were a big part of stopping the run for the Pirates. Cedar Creek allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns in the league with 7.
DL Trey Blackwell, LB Isa Willis, DB Zack Newman, WR Ahmir Mitchell, OL Jayson Williams and P Michaelangelo Williams were all named to the second team.
Gary Voss, Nick Catherine and Nate Pauls earned honorable mention.
The Press of Atlantic City also recognized Alston and Collazo as first team players and Voss on the second team.
Lynch, Willis, Newman, M. Williams and J. Williams all earned honorable mention.