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Football: Alonso 17, Sickles 14

TAMPA — Give credit to Alonso's enthusiastic homecoming crowd. Or to the Ravens defense for keeping the score close.

Senior quarterback Dylan Fisher did both after Alonso rallied past Sickles 17-14 on Friday.

Fisher, who was taken to a hospital after a hard hit during last week's loss to Plant, led Alonso (3-5) to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. His 1-yard run put the Ravens in front for good at 10-7 with 7:33 to play.

Ish Witter's 16-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left made it 17-7.

Sickles (5-4) answered with a 50-yard scoring pass from John Melvin Hendrick to Adrian Lopez. But Tyree Clark recovered an onside kick to seal Alonso's victory.

"We didn't want to lose. It was homecoming, and the fans were super," said Fisher, who wore No. 23 because his No. 6 jersey was cut apart at the hospital (where a CAT scan came back negative). "We played very bad offensively in the first half, but our defense played great."

Said Ravens coach Lee Meitzler: "This was a big win. We were able to find a mismatch, letting (Fisher) run the ball and giving us an extra blocker."

Fisher's touchdown capped a 64-yard drive that was aided by two 15-yard penalties on Sickles. The Ravens had been held to one first down and eight yards on 20 plays until that series.

Sickles' Cary White rushed for 102 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown. The Gryphons gained only 19 yards on 17 rushes after halftime.

Football: Alonso 17, Sickles 14 10/29/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 30, 2010 12:32am]
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