At Sickles in Tampa
Alonso 22, Leto 0
Sickles 28, Jesuit 14
Spring game-breakers: The first two times he touched the ball, Carey White scored touchdowns. By the time he was done, the Sickles senior-to-be tailback had amassed 230 yards and scored three touchdowns — all on long runs — to lead the Gryphons over Jesuit. …White ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the half's first play and later added touchdown runs of 24 and 66 yards. …In the opening contest, Alonso had little trouble with Leto, which struggled to post much offense. Alonso tailback Brandon Holloway scored on a 50-yard run in the first quarter and a 30-yarder in the second. Holloway finished the half with 99 yards. …Defensive lineman Anthony Chickillo led the Alonso effort with five tackles.
Did you know? Three of the four teams were debuting head coaches. Lee Meitzler comes to Alonso after two seasons as a defensive coach at Jefferson. Mike Jalazo takes over the ongoing rebuilding project at Leto after eight seasons and 55 wins at Clearwater Central Catholic. And James Harrell became Jesuit's head coach in February after spending one season at Freedom.
Audible 1: "We're just going to outwork people. We've been working hard the last few months and it showed tonight. We didn't get tired. And I kept preaching that (Brandon) Holloway is a special kid. Give him a crease and he's gone. We saw that tonight." — Meitzler.
Audible 2: "Carey's the real deal. We knew he could do this. My biggest worry in practice has been my defense because 4 (Brieann Dollard) and 5 (Carey White) have been running through them. Those two are talented athletes and that's why we've gone to the two-back set." — Sickles coach Pat O'Brien
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent