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SICKLES 35, BLAKE 12

Although the lightning delay that halted the game for 45 minutes seemingly helped Blake, it was Sickles that ultimately may have gotten the boost Friday from a first-quarter break.

The Yellow Jackets scored two second-quarter touchdowns for an early lead but the Gryphons stormed back with 35 unanswered points.

Once the rain delay ended, Blake (0-2) scored two quick touchdowns to take a 12-0 lead.

But behind 12-7 at the half, Sickles quarterback John Hendrick scored twice on short scoring runs in the third quarter to put the Gryphons (2-0) ahead. He led two more scoring drives in the fourth quarter, including a 55-yard pass to wide receiver Chris Nahat.

Hendrick finished with 108 yards passing and 88 rushing. Sickles tailback Carey White led all rushers with 150 yards on 15 carries. He scored on a 22-yard run as part of the Gryphons' 285 yards of rushing offense.

"The 2-0 start is big for us," O'Brien said. "It's kind of like '07 (when Sickles reached the playoffs). But we have a long way to go, a short week coming up and we have to get ready for Freedom (next week)."

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