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Tue. May 25, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in Hillsborough County

Sickles

Coach: Pat O’Brien (fifth season, 18-24; 12th season overall, 40-72)

Last season: 8-3 (lost 22-9 to Armwood in region quarterfinals)

District: Class 4A, District 10

Key losses: DE Tyler Gimbert, DT Ian Hopkins, WR Chris Nahat, QB/RB/LB Scott O’Donoghue, LB A.J. Ramaglia, DT/OL Eric “Moose” Taris, OT Nick Verlini

Who’s back: RB Brieann Dollard, LB Bryce Goeden, QB John Melvin Hendrick, OL/DL David Renaker, PK Andres Vasquez, FB Cary White

What’s new? Essentially the entire offensive and defensive lines. O’Brien lost all except one starter on the O-line and five seniors who rotated along the four-man defensive front. “It’s not so much the size worrying us as it is the youth,” O’Brien said. Fortunately for the Gryphons, White can make even the greenest offensive line look good. In one half Friday against Jesuit, the Division I prospect ran for 230 yards and three long TDs in a 28-14 win over Jesuit. With White the feature back in Sickles’ offense, which has the flexibility to expand beyond its triple-option base, look for Dollard to line up at several spots. Defensively, there’s no senior in the current defensive line rotation, and a void at the middle linebacker spot O’Donoghue (137 tackles, five sacks) held.

Audible: “We have some work to do up front on both sides of the ball. We’re going to be a little bit smaller than we were last year, but the kids are working hard and being aggressive, which is what we like.” — O’Brien

Did you know? The Sickles-Jesuit spy scandal has been laid to rest. O’Brien acknowledges a Gryphons assistant — without O’Brien’s knowledge or approval — videotaped a Tigers’ practice from atop a parking garage before the teams’ jamboree clash. O’Brien called Jesuit coach James Harrell to apologize and even offered the tape of Sickles’ spring intrasquad game as a peace offering. All is cool now, O’Brien said. …Hendrick, who had wrist surgery after being injured in last season’s Wharton game, is back at full strength. Last season, Hendrick collected nearly 1,400 total yards.

Spring result: defeated Jesuit 28-14 in second half of Friday’s jamboree at Sickles

2010 schedule
Aug. 27     vs. Steinbrenner (preseason)
Sept. 3     vs. Gaither
Sept. 10     at Blake
Sept. 16     vs. Freedom
Sept. 24     at Largo
Oct. 1     vs. Brandon
Oct. 8     at Boca Ciega
Oct. 15     at Durant
Oct. 22     vs. Leto
Oct. 29     at Alonso
Nov. 12     vs. Wharton

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