TAMPA — Sickles’ offense put on a show at home.
The return of offensive tackle Zach Hudson, who has orally committed to Missouri, ignited 498 yards of offense in a balanced attack.
“Zach’s a quiet guy,” Sickles coach Brian Turner said of Hudson, who missed time with a knee injury. “Zach is a lead-by-example guy. He is one of our leaders.”
Upon Hudson’s return, quarterback Issac Holder threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns on only 16 passes. Sickles’ work-horse running back, Ray Ray McCloud, ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns (but did fumble twice.)
Sickles (4-0, 1-0 Class 7A, District 7) scored twice within the opening three minutes, Holder’s 58-yard pass to Jaaron Barrett and McCloud’s 23-yard run.
The Warriors (1-3, 0-1) hung around with help from Curtis Fitch’s touchdown pass to Kezio Snelling.
Steinbrenner unveiled a new passing offense, throwing 44 times for 213 yards. Coming in, the Warriors had thrown only 25 times this season.
Sickles took a 28-7 into the half and continued to put up big plays in the second. Holder tossed a 62-yard touchdown to Chett Levay to go up by 25 early in the fourth, sealing the win.
“The safeties were playing up Cover 2,” Holder said.
“The middle was wide open, and we just hit our receivers and connected.”