Final score: Cedar Creek 21, Ocean City 0 Score at halftime: 0-0 Records: Cedar Creek 1-0, Ocean City 0-1 Swashbuckling: The Pirates got a jolt from sophomore Ahmir Mitchell in the second half after a somewhat sloppy first half that saw several Cedar Creek freshman quarterback Jesse Milza meets on the sideline with offensive coordinator Mike Isgro. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O’Sullivan turnovers. Mitchell, who sat out the first half, fumbled on his first touch of the game, and season, early in the second half. Ocean City wasn’t quite as lucky on Mitchell’s next three touches. He scored on all three. With just more than 10 minutes left in the third quarter, Mitchell took a handoff and raced 69 yards down the right side to break up a scoreless tie and give Cedar Creek the lead for good. Five minutes later he hauled in a pass from freshman quarterback Jesse Milza, broke free from a defender and waltzed into the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown catch. Mitchell capped the scoring with a 65-yard TD run down the left side. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder finished with 128 yards rushing on just five carries, or an average of 25.6 yards per carry. Career firsts: Milza had his first career fumble on a run up the gut in the first half, but atoned for that mistake by tossing his first career touchdown, to Mitchell. He finished 5-of-11 for 43 yards with a TD and an interception. There will be growing pains for the 5-11, 175-pound southpaw, but he’s got raw talent that Cedar Creek coach Tim Watson can work with. Defensive end Keith Alston had an outstanding game for Cedar Creek, putting a lot of pressure on Ocean City quarterback Joe Keyes. they are experienced. And good. Alston made several big plays pressuring Ocean City quarterback Joe Keyes, and Colazzo and Blackwell clogged the middle, leaving Woolley little room to operate. “Coach Watson always pushes us to play physical. We just had to focus, read our keys and do what we had to do and play football,” Alston said. “All this week we worked on getting to the quarterback in three seconds because he usually gets rid of it by then.” Alston said the Pirates’ defensive players had shutout on their minds from the get-go. “At the beginning of the game, when we walk out, that’s always our mindset,” Alston said. “Ever since freshman year we wanted to be one of the best D-lines in the CAL, especially this year since we are all experienced. Me and Ralphie are seniors and Trey Blackwell is a junior. We just play together and do what we have to do.” Looking the part: Dig those pirate outfits the Cedar Creek band wears. Good stuff. Up next: Cedar Creek at Bridgeton, Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Ocean City at Buena Regional, Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Contact publisher Dave O’Sullivan: email@example.com; on Twitter: @GDsullysays.