TAMPA — With both teams having injured starting quarterbacks, junior Nate Mills helped Sickles win a showdown between backups, 38-21 over Wharton.
The Gryphons went up 10-0 early on an 11-yard touchdown from Mills to Bilal Salat and a 32-yard field goal following a Wildcats fumble. Mills was subbing for starter Lee Myers.
Replacing Chase Litton for Wharton was Vernon Hargraves, a starting defensive back. Playing both ways, Hargraves had an 8-yard rushing score in the first half but limped off in the third quarter, to be replaced by DJ Grant.
Grant's 30-yard rushing touchdown in the third brought Wharton within 17-14 but the Gryphons pulled away.
Sickles was called for 11 penalties, almost all in the second half.
"Every week now," coach Brian Turner said. "It's my fault. We have some hot heads and I've got to get them under control.".
Allie Davison, Times correspondent