By Phil Anastasia
Damon "Duwop" Mitchell had a hand in all five touchdowns today as Cedar Creek beat Cinnaminson 34-7 in the first round of the SJ 2 football tournament.
Mitchell, a Georgia Tech recruit, ran for three scores -- all from 1 yard out -- and passed for two as second-seeded Cedar Creek improved to 9-0.
"I never played on a winning program before," said the 6-3, 205-pound Mitchell. "It shows how hard we've worked."
Mitchell was 10-for-13 passing for 220 yards and 2 TDs. He carried the football 14 times for 58 yards and 3 TDs.
Senior RB Gary Melton Jr. caught five passes for 156 yards and a TD for Cedar Creek. Melton took a swing pass 77 yards for a score and also caught short passes and turned them into gains of 28 and 33 yards.
"They are so dangerous in space," Cinnaminson coach Mario Patrizi said of Cedar Creek.
Cedar Creek is a three-year-old school and second-year varsity football program. The Pirates were playing their first tournament game.
Cedar Creek will face third-seeded Willingboro (6-3) in the sectional semifinals Dec. 1. First, the Pirates will host St. Augustine Prep (7-2) with the Cape Atlantic National Division title on the line on Thanksgiving morning.
Cinnaminson 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Cedar Creek 13 7 7 7 -- 34
CC: Damon Mitchell 1 run (kick fail)
CC: Gary Melton Jr. 77 pass from Mitchell (Emily Kruger kick)
C: Nick Trevanayangam 59 run (Mike Jones kick)
CC: Mitchell 1 run (Krufer kick)
CC: Nolan Seward 9 pass from Mitchell (Kruger kick)
CC: Mitchell 1 run (Kruger kick)
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