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Nagging soreness limited Cary White's ability to effectively push off on his right ankle Friday night.
Stepping up was another matter entirely.
In a game Sickles had to win to remain in playoff contention, White ran for a career-best 254 yards on 22 carries to help rally the Gryphons to a 17-16 victory at Boca Ciega. A 5-foot-9, 210-pound senior, White's 64-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third period provided the final margin.
"I could tell there were a couple of plays where I would've definitely broken and had a touchdown," said White, who also had runs of 47, 23 and 20 yards after halftime. "It was just, for some reason, after about 50 yards my ankle felt a little softer and it kind of gave a little bit on me."
In five games, White, playing with a supportive brace, has 683 yards on 91 carries. He says Florida International and Western Kentucky -- both of whom have offered him a scholarship -- are his two top college choices at this point. Division I-AA Towson University also has made an offer.
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