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Sickles: Spring football capsule

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Coach: Pat O'Brien (third season at Sickles, 7-13; 10th overall, 29-61)

Last season: 7-4 (2-1 in district, lost to Gaither in Class 5A region quarterfinal)

District: Class 5A, District 6 (Chamberlain, Alonso, King)

Key losses: OL Mike Mastermaker, TE Kyle Blum, OL Doug Blake, OL Chris Calvo, WR Craig Plastic, LB Andrew McNeil, LB Mike Cora, K Corey Page

Who's back: OL Xander Morehouse, LB Cody Durakovic, QB Cullen O'Brien, RB/SS Scott O'Donoghue, DB Joey Looney, DB Jake McFadden, WR/LB Andrew Early, K Tyler Deming, DE Eric Taris

What's new: The Gryphons will have to rebuild their lines, which will force Sickles to play several players on both sides of the ball. In the spring, O'Brien experimented with a three-man front stack defense to compensate. The Gryphons will continue to run the "pistol" shotgun offense, recently made popular by the University of Nevada, and keep the ball in the hands off rising senior quarterback Cullen O'Brien, the coach's son and one of the team's quickest players (4.5-second 40).

Audibles: "The kids need to understand that it needs to be more than a one-shot thing. It will take consistency from them in terms of showing work ethic. If we want to build the program, we need to get the kids to show that they can put in a full week of work." — Coach O'Brien

Did you know?: Last season's seven wins were the most in the school's 11-year history.

Spring game result

Alonso 30, Sickles 10

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 vs. Brandon (preseason)

Sept. 5 at Leto

Sept. 12 at Lennard

Sept. 19 vs. Tampa Bay Tech

Sept. 26 at Wharton

Oct. 3 vs. Bloomingdale

Oct. 10 at Chamberlain

Oct. 16 vs. Spoto

Oct. 24 vs. King

Oct. 31 vs. Blake

Nov. 7 at Alonso

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Sickles: Spring football capsule 06/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 11:49am]
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