On October 7, 1989, a nine year old Lex Luthor wandered into Riley Field and heard someone whisper, "Help me." Frightened, he began to run and saw fourteen-year-old Jeremy Creek stripped down to his underwear, tied to a cross with an "S" painted on his chest. Just then, a meteor hit the cornfield, causing a shockwave that engulfed Jeremy and knocked Lex to the ground and caused him to lose all of his natural red hair.
Twelve years later, in 2001, a 14-year-old Clark Kent was chosen by Whitney Fordman to be that year's scarecow due to his jealousy over Clark's relationship with his girlfriend, Lana Lang. Whiteny placed Lana's necklace around Clark's neck and strung him up in Riley Field on a cross with an "S" painted on his chest . Jeremy found Clark but refused to help, telling Clark that he'd be safer where he is. Jeremy then went to the homecoming dance intending to electrocute everyone there.
Lex drove by just as Jeremy jumped the fence. Lex recognized Jeremy from twelve years ago and got out of the car to investigate. Jeremy slipped away but Lex found Clark and freed him. Lana's necklace fell off and as Clark ran away, Lex picked up the necklace.
During Clark's time in The Abyss of Life and Death, he found himself making his way through a cornfield that bears a striking resemblance to Riley Field the place where he was strung up as a Scarecrow in his freshman year of High School.
Lois Lane was kidnapped, strung up, and set on fire by a clone of Lex Luthor as a faux Scarecrow in Riley Field in order to cause Clark emotional pain. Clark super sped at maximum velocity to save Lois' life by causing a vacuum to put the fire out.