WESLEY CHAPEL — Sickles remained perfect in Class 7A-District 7 with a victory at Wiregrass Ranch.
The Gryphons (7-1) scored on their first two possessions and took a 28-0 lead into halftime.
Quarterback Isaac Holder led the Sickles attack, throwing for 151 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of scoring strikes to Chett Levay.
“Chett is a great athlete and receiver, and we just connect all the time,” Holder said.
Sickles got a boost from the return of Ray Ray McCloud III, who missed part of last week’s game with a knee injury. The junior running back rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, all in the first half.
The Gryphons defense put constant pressure on Bulls (3-5) quarterbacks Shane Bucenell and Zachary Davidson, sacking them eight times in all.
The lone bright spot for Wiregrass Ranch was James Jackson’s 24-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter.
Sickles can win its first district championship in the program’s 17-year history next week with a victory over Tampa Bay Tech.
Sickles 14 14 0 7 — 35
Wiregrass 0 0 0 7 — 7
S — Mulroe 2 pass from Holder (Lezotte kick)
S — McCloud 3 run (Lezotte kick)
S — Levay 10 pass from Holder (Lezotte kick)
S — Levay 60 pass from holder (Lezotte kick)
S — Hudson 4 pass from Weinreich (Lezotte kick)
W — Jackson 24 pass from Davidson (Wilson kick)