Cedar Creek 19, Oakcrest 14 Score at halftime: 7-7 Records: Cedar Creek 2-1; Oakcrest 0-3 Up next: Cedar Creek at Buena Regional, Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Oakcrest vs. Atlantic City, Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Opportunity knocks: Normally a fumbled snap in a close game can prove disastrous. But Cedar Creek’s Nate Pauls turned potential disaster into good fortune for the Pirates with 7:52 remaining in the fourth quarter on Friday night. The play called for a power run to the right for Pauls as the Pirates were trying to milk some clock while clinging to a 13-7 lead. The shotgun snap was low, bounced, and Pauls alertly reached down and grabbed it. Hit hit the hole on the right side of the offensive line before the Oakcrest defense could react and raced up the middle for a long touchdown that gave Cedar Creek a 19-7 lead and ended up being the difference. “I was supposed to get a power to the right and the snap just rolled right to me, so I just tried to pick it up and make a play from it,” said Pauls, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior fullback. “It’s kind of funny because I actually expected it to happen because the same thing happened in practice. As soon as I got through the line all I saw was the end zone and I didn’t want anybody to stop me then.” Cedar Creek freshman QB Jesse Milza was frustrated by the Oakcrest defense through much of the first half, but made a huge play in the second half, hitting Amir Mitchell on a quick pass that resulted in a 42-yard touchdown and a 13-7 Pirates lead. Isgro know there are going to be some growing pains with freshman quarterback Jesse Milza, but the 5-11, 175-pound southpaw is starting to get his sea legs under him. It seems the strategy is to limit turnovers, hand the ball to capable backs Amir Mitchell and J.B. Burrell, and make that one big play Milza is asked to make each game. He did just that Friday in the third quarter, hitting Mitchell on a quick hitch that Mitchell took 42 yards to the house and a 13-7 Pirates lead. Tough D: The Falcons had their hands full with the athletic edge players Cedar Creek has on its roster, but William Fish, Dereck Mack and A.J. Davis did a very good job of containing Mitchell, Burrell and Karl Reik. That defense has been keeping the Falcons in games, but the offense has to produce more for Oakcrest to get its first win. That won’t be easy next week as powerful Atlantic City comes to town. But Mozelle, also a defensive back, said the Falcons won’t be laying down for anybody this season. “This is one we should have grabbed,” Mozelle said. “We practice like we are undefeated, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we come out and start winning. I don’t want people to start giving up on us because we practice really hard.” Cornered: Zach Newman, a junior left cornerback for Cedar Creek, is starting to establish himself as one of the best cover corners in the area. He’s fast and lean at 175 pounds but plays much stronger and is very athletic. He had a handful of pass break-ups Friday night and helped keep Roberson in check. Close knit: Many of the players from these teams are friends, having grown up with each other, and it was neat to see players from both sides hanging out after the game, mingling with fans from both schools and getting congratulations for a hard-fought game. Scenes like that are what make high school sports unique. Contact Dave O’Sullivan: firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @GDsullysays.