Gaither 6, Sickles 0
Alonso 7, Steinbrenner 2
Spring game-breakers: After a very spring-like start, with countless holding and false-start penalties negating any early offensive progress, Gaither finally found somewhat of a rhythm in the second quarter of the first exhibition. Forced to throw to the end zone on third and goal from the 20-yard line following a botched snap, Cowboys quarterback Shaye Scott connected with Ethan Thomas for a touchdown with 6:54 remaining. ... While Sickles didn't muster anything on the scoreboard, Timarcus Simpson had himself quite an evening. He accounted for two of Scott's three interceptions, including one in the first quarter that halted a potential scoring drive on third and goal. ... Francisco Rodriguez and Austin Gudenkauf tallied one sack apiece for the Gryphons. ... Gaither's Damian Lomeli had a 38-yard interception return for a score called back late because of a penalty for a blindside hit on the quarterback. ... Alonso pulled out some trickery to earn its victory late in the nightcap. Quarterback Gavin DenBoer, a Gaither transfer, threw a screen pass to David Marino-Silver, who then surprised Steinbrenner's defense by heaving the ball deep to Kyle Kurina in the end zone for a TD. ... Warriors rising senior defensive lineman Danny Craig sacked DenBoer by his shoe laces for a safety. ... The Ravens picked off Steinbrenner sophomore-to-be Danny Bartalo three times with Dae'on Lind, Desmond Jones and Parker Snead coming down with wayward passes. ... Logan Kilburn had an interception for the Warriors with 31 seconds left.
Did you know? Though he did not dress Thursday because of injury, Steinbrenner quarterback Haden Carlson, son of former Tampa Bay Bucs signal-caller Jeff Carlson, will be among those vying for the starting job in the fall. The Warriors have to replace two-year starter Colin Wray, who transferred to Clearwater.
Audible: "I've put my time in, 16 years as an assistant, and it's just nice to be able to sit back and see what the finished product looks like of all those blood, sweat and tears of spring." — First-year Gaither coach Kirk Karsen, who had a reunion of sorts after previously serving as the defensive coordinator at both Alonso and Sickles