Sickles defensive lineman Eric Taris and linebacker Bryce Goeden tackled Gaither backup quarterback Shug Oyegunle inches short of the goal line on fourth down with 21/2 minutes remaining to preserve the Gryphons' victory.
Trailing 14-6, Gaither went for it from the 2 with its third fourth-down conversion attempt on the 81-yard drive. But Oyegunle, who replaced Zach Condon in the third quarter, was denied.
Sickles punter Connor Page intentionally ran out of the end zone for a safety with 1:08 left. After the kickoff, Gryphons defensive back P.J. Verlini intercepting Oyegunle on the next play.
Running back Carey White ran for 115 yards on 15 carries and scored once for Sickles.
The game turned in the second quarter when Gaither's Shane Davis missed a 27-yard field goal that would have produced a 9-0 lead. Sickles then drove 80 yards and took the lead on White's 25-yard TD run and Andres Vasquez's point-after kick.