Cedar Creek quarterback Jesse Milza sometimes seems like a forgotten facilitator in the Pirates high-powered offense.  The junior has thrown for 1,630 yards and 17 touchdowns, both tops in the Cape-Atlantic League.

The three-year starter is 22-6 during his career with 3,853 yards, 42 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

However, more times than not it's Milza's high-profile teammates, Bo Melton and Ahmir Mitchell that grab the headlines after the Pirates eight wins.

After all, Melton is the CAL's top pass catcher with 27 catches for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns and Mitchell is heading to Michigan with 22 catches 330 yards and two scores.

"It's great (having those guys)," Milza told the South Jersey Sports Report.  "You have a guy like Ahmir who can make anything happen, our coaches do a great job, we spread the ball around and have fun with that."

After a tough loss as a freshman in the playoffs, Milza and the Pirates missed out on the postseason last season.

"My freshman year we had a tough encounter with Camden," Milza recalled.  "We didnt play a great game and a lot of that was on me, I had three interceptions, anxiety was real high. Last year, only losing two games, so this year as a junior its a good chance to redeem myself."

Now in his third year as the starter at the Egg Harbor City school, Milza is starting to shine as bright as his high-profile teammates as he leads the Pirates into the Group II semi-finals against Haddonfield, the defending champs on Friday night.

The lefty signal-caller has become a leader for the Pirates and is a key part of an offense that 32.6 points per game second best in the CAL.

(Listen to Cedar Creek Pirate Jesse Milza on the South Jersey Sports Report)