TAMPA — Sickles ushered in the Brian Turner era with a powerful running game and a 38-7 rout of neighborhood rival Gaither.
Turner, who took over the program late this summer, saw his three-man backfield of quarterback John Melvin Hendrick and running backs Cary White and Brieann Dollard roll up more than 300 yards combined.
Sickles answered Gaither's early score with Hendrick's 18-yard TD run to take the lead for good as the first quarter ended.
White, who scored the first touchdown, ran for 121 yards before leaving with cramps. Dollard ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass.
Sickles limited Gaither to 89 yards rushing and defensive back Adrian Lopez had two interceptions.
"It's a special win," Turner said of his first win. "But it really isn't about me. … The kids wanted to win this one and they deserved it."
By Rod Gipson, Times correspondent