Ray Ray makes history, Sickles win

TAMPA – On his 32nd and last carry of the game, senior running back Ray Ray McCloud III became Hillsborough County’s all-time leading rusher with 5,581 career rushing yards while leading his Gryphons to a 9-7 win against Plant City in the regional quarterfinals. He finished the night with 144 rushing yards while breaking Robert Davis’ career rushing mark of 5,576 yard.

Senior kicker Jerson Camacho accounted for all the Gryphons points with three field goals from 47, 29, and 40 yards, putting Sickles ahead 9-0 before the Raiders’ junior running back Markese Hargrove broke loose for a 72-yard run with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter to the Gryphons’ 2-yard line. Two plays later, senior quarterback, Austin Carswell, scored a touchdown on a 1-yard keeper to close the score to 9-7. Hargrove had 13 carries for 124 yards.

The Sickles defense was led by the play of junior linebacker Cameron Miller who accounted for two sacks, two tackles-for-loss including one on a fake Raiders punt. Additionally, Gryphons’ junior linebacker Jake Hampton had two tackles-for-loss, junior Trey Fullwood had two passes defended, and junior Jake Hudson had a sack and a quarterback pressure.

The Raiders kept the Gryphons out of the end zone and got tackles-for-loss by senior defensive back Quay Young, senior linebacker Patrick Colleran, and junior defensive lineman James Alexander. Also, junior safety Kwest Fluitt had a pass defended.

Next Friday, Sickles (8-3) will host Tampa Bay Tech (6-5) who they beat two weeks ago 21-14 on a last minute score by Ray Ray McCloud.