Sickles overcame the letdown of coming away empty on a goal-line stand, and the lull from an injury timeout that could have shifted momentum. Instead, Gryphons kicker Andres Vasquez cranked a 19-yard field goal in overtime. This is the first time a Sickles team had started 3-0.
"We talked to the kids about how this was a legacy game for us," Sickles coach Pat O'Brien said. "...The big thing was this is something that has never happened for the school. The seniors were very excited about this opportunity."
The Gryphons were in command early, taking a 14-0 lead, first after quarterback John Melvin Hendrick connected with Chris Nahat on a 36-yard touchdown, then on a 32-yard touchdown run by Carey White.
In the third, Freedom (1-1) quarterback Tyler Guy found receiver Robert Lohnes for a 72-yard touchdown. The Patriots forced overtime on a fumble recovery returned 40 yards for a touchdown by Robert Lohnes.
Freedom senior Jahari Moore suffered an injury in overtime and was taken to a hospital.