Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
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
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