How did Creek do at Sicily Island? Snakes, wasps, and more.

Caden Middleton tossed six TD passes to lead Cedar Creek to victory. Photo by Tim Smith (

So how did Creek do at Sicily Island?

Cedar Creek was scoring at such a frantic pace Thursday night that the Cougars broke the scoreboard at Sicily Island.


It was an interesting night for sure, the Cougars (3-2) picking up a 51-6 win over the Tigers (1-5) while overcoming snakes, wasps, electrical fireworks, no score clock and more.

Prior to pregame warm-ups, the Cougars encountered the serpent slithering through the high grass along the fence line by the field. Then came the wasp attack for those in the press box, including the Creek radio crew. Then “fireworks” with light bulbs exploding.

“It was crazy,” laughed Middleton. “It is crazy. I could write a book about this year. The snake was right by the fence. And my kids are trying to pick it up. Then we had three bulbs in the lights explode and the lights were sparking. Just crazy.”

Once things calmed down and the game started, Caden Middleton threw six touchdown passes, two to Carter Hill and two to Bryce Rushing. Jed Worthy scored a TD on both offense and defense as the Cougars made it look easy from the opening kickoff.

Seventh grade kicker Davis Long also hit 6-of-7 extra points as well as a 26-yard field goal, the first of his high school career.

“We are starting to find a rhythm,” said head coach Matt Middleton. “This is a big win. I am going to let them enjoy it; the 24-hour rule and then we will turn to Jonesboro. We have a monster one next week. We got to play a lot of kids. We are healthy which is huge for us. I am happy for the kids.”

Creek jumped out 27-0 in the first quarter before playing with a running clock over the final three quarters of the game.

Middleton hit Jed Worthy for a 38-yard TD pass on a fourth down play with 8:01 remaining in the opening quarter as the Cougars led 6-0. Long missed his only extra point of the night as he hit the cross bar on the attempt.

Fourth down proved beneficial on the next drive as this time Middleton found Hill from 30-yards out for a 13-0 lead with 2:56 to play.

Worthy struck again, this time on defense, as he intercepted a pass and raced 52 yards to pay-dirt and a 20-0 advantage.

After Sicily Island failed to field the ensuing kickoff and Cedar Creek recovered, the Cougars took one play to score. This time Middleton found Ladd Thompson for a 29-yard strike and a 27-0 lead.

Middleton finished 10-of-16 for 233 yards and six scores.

“That is something we have felt good about lately but we haven’t been able to open up much,” said Matt Middleton. “We were finally able to do that. They went a lot of man zero. I was kind of excited that we won off the press. That has been a concern of mine. I think we showed we can do that tonight.

“They were pressing us with no safety and eight guys in the box. It’s basically them saying our guys (on the outside) are better than your guys. We won a lot of those tonight. We took some shots, and were able to make some plays.”

While the Creek offense was rolling, the defense was swarming. Sicily Island managed just 87 total yards of offense in the game, 75 of those coming on a run play late in the game against the Cougars backups.

“We played really well defensively,” said Middleton. “That’s been our deal all year. It was exciting to see.”

The third quarter saw a pair of Middleton to Bryce Rushing TD connections, one covering three yards and one covering one yard as the score ballooned to 41-0. Middleton then hooked up with Hill for his second TD of the game, this one covering 50 yards early in the fourth quarter.

Davis Long added a 26-yard field goal in the fourth.

“Davis kicked a field goal in the end,” said Matt Middleton. “That is something we haven’t been able to do all year. So that was exciting.”

Creek amassed 322 total yards of offense.

The Cougars will face Jonesboro-Hodge next Friday.

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