TAMPA — Sickles beat Alonso by a foot — the right foot of junior Daniel Lezotte. In a thriller that featured three lead changes in the final 124 seconds, Lezotte kicked a 43-yard field goal with three seconds left to lift the Gryphons.
"I had a whole bunch of adrenaline," Lezotte said of his first career winner. "I couldn't have done it without my team. They put 28 points up on the board before I kicked that field goal."
Alonso took a 29-28 lead with 45 seconds left on Brandon Hawkins' 3-yard run. Gage Fox kicked a 35-yard extra point after an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty. One series earlier, Sickles snapped a 22-22 tie on Tony Valdez's 1-yard run. A mishandled snap spoiled the extra point.
Ray Ray McCloud ran for two touchdowns and 184 of Sickles' 345 yards on 21 carries.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent