EGG HARBOR CITY – The fifth time Gary Melton touched the football Saturday afternoon, he ran into the defensive line and was stopped for a 1-yard loss.
In any other game, it would have been a routine stop. But on this day, fans and media looked at each other and wondered what went wrong.
That’s because the first four times the Cedar Creek High School running back touched the ball he scored.
Melton’s fast start propelled the undefeated Pirates to a 55-6 win over Lower Cape May Regional in a Cape-Atlantic League National Conference game. Cedar Creek (8-0) is tied for the conference lead and will be at least the No. 2 seed when the South Jersey Group II playoffs begin on Nov. 15-16.
Melton runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds and he used that speed to outsprint Lower defenders.
Melton scored on 45-yard run with 10 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first quarter on his first carry.
He ran 58 yards for a touchdown with 5:38 left in the quarter.
A little more than a minute later, Melton scored on a 37-yard run with 4:33 left in the first quarter.
He then caught a pass in the flat and ran 43 yards for a score with 1:40 left in the first quarter. When the first quarter was over, Cedar Creek led 35-0.