TAMPA — Three teams were involved in Friday's preseason affair at Freedom, but one clearly is ready for the regular season.
Led by quarterback C.J. Bennett, Alonso beat Freedom 26-0 in two quarters of action. The final half of the night saw Alonso top Sickles 35-7.
Freedom's preseason meeting with Alonso suddenly became a three-team affair when Sickles' game with Pinellas Park was canceled Friday afternoon.
The quickly assembled three-team meeting did not throw off the host in the opening half, in which Freedom topped Sickles 10-7.
Still, despite outplaying Sickles the bulk of their two-quarter half, Freedom appeared to be heading towards defeat.
When Sickles quarterback John Melvin Hendrick hooked up with wide receiver Brandon Harrison for a 28-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter, the Gryphons took a 10-7 lead and apparently the upper hand.
But that upper hand switched right back when Freedom's TJ Mutcherson took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Bennett was sharp while leading the Ravens to two scoring drives in their first half. Alonso also scored on a 5-yard Brandon Holloway run and an 18-yard Dashon Legette dash.
The Ravens kept up their offensive attack in their half against Sickles.
Bennett connected on three scoring passes in the first quarter against the Gryphons. Jesse Anaya caught a 38-yard pass for a score, while Franklin Mosley and Justen Davis caught scoring passes of 89 and 73 yards, respectively.