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Quick hits: Cedar Creek vs. Pleasantville

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Cedar Creek 41, Pleasantville 6 Score at halftime: Cedar Creek 13, Pleasantville 6 Records: Cedar Creek 4-1; Pleasantville 1-4 Up next: Cedar Creek at Middle Township, Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Pleasantville at Bridgeton, Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Louie, Louie: Sophomore cornerback Louie Pitale made what might be the most exciting play of his young football life on Saturday late in Cedar Creek’s win over the Greyhounds. The diminutive transfer from St. Joseph of Hammonton, suiting up for the Pirates for the first Sophomore defensive back Louie Pitale (7) get congratulated by teammates Dustin Voss, center, and Gary Voss after picking off a Pleasantville pass and returning it 60 yards in the fourth quarter of the Pirates' win on Saturday. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O'Sullivan) Sophomore defensive back Louie Pitale (7) get congratulated by teammates Dustin Voss, center, and Gary Voss after picking off a Pleasantville pass and returning it 60 yards in the fourth quarter of the Pirates’ win on Saturday. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O’Sullivan) time, picked off a tipped pass and raced down the left sideline. He picked up a big block from Dustin Voss around midfield, but was knocked out of bounds at the Pleasantville 20-yard line. “As soon as I caught the ball I thought I was going to score. It was all open field. But it was great hustle by the other team,” Pitale said. “I have to give a shout-out to Nate (Pauls) and Dustin for blocking for me. It was a great job. “I was thinking touchdown. (I wasn’t mad) that I didn’t get it, because my team won and you can’t be mad at that.” Goal line stand: Pleasantville has just one win this season, and before that had lost 35 straight games. But the Greyhounds showed a lot of fight at the end of the first half, denying the Pirates with a stand at the goal line that kept the score at 13-6 heading into halftime. Spreading the wealth: Perhaps sensing Pleasantville would be keying on exciting sophomore Ahmir Mitchell, Cedar Creek coach Tim Watson spread the ball around as Mitchell, Keith Alston, Nate Pauls, Bo Melton, Karl Reik, Jalil Burrell and Isa Willis all got carries. Freshman quarterback Jesse Milza tossed a pair of touchdown passes in Cedar Creek's win this weekend. Freshman quarterback Jesse Milza tossed a pair of touchdown passes in Cedar Creek’s win this weekend. QB growth: Watson has been patient with bringing along freshman quarterback Jesse Milza, but turned the southpaw loose to a certain extent on Saturday. Milza tossed a pair of touchdown passes, a 2-point conversion, and also found Mitchell on a long pass down the left sideline that set up another score. Turning point: Coming out of halftime the Pirates turned to Pauls to seal the deal. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior chewed up 45 of the 55 yards on Cedar Creek’s first drive of the third quarter and scored on a run up the middle to give the Pirates a 19-6 lead and control of the game. On a roll: Since getting thumped by Bridgeton in Week 2, the Pirates have won three straight and have a real chance to run the table heading into the playoffs. Their next three games are against Middle Township, Vineland and Lower Cape May, who have a combined record of 5-10. “I feel like we are ready to take on these next teams coming up, and I feel like the playoffs are going to be a good thing for us,” Pitale said. “I feel like we can do big things with this team.” Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays.

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