Tampa, Florida -- The Gaither Cowboys were hoping to not only spoil Sickles homecoming, but also gain a foothold on the Class 7A-7 district title. Coming into the game, Sickles, Gaither and Tampa Bay Tech all sported 2-0 district records.
But it didn't take long to see it was going to be a happy homecoming for the Gryphons, as they ground out several long drives to run past Gaither 48-6.
Tampa, Florida-- Sickles was the unbeaten favorite on the road at winless Freedom. But the Patriots put a scare in to the Gryphon's in the first quarter. Following back to back turnovers by both teams, Freedom's Josh Callazo punched it in to the end zone giving the Patriots a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing Sickles possession, with their backs to the goal line Ray Ray McCloud was stripped coming out of the backfield with the ball landing in the hands of Dario Kelly, who rumbled five yards in for the touchdown. Freedom grabbed a surprising 13-0 lead.