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Saturday, Feb 06, 2016

Football preview: Sickles

LB Janezic loves all elements of game

Nobody loves football — from the nitty gritty of August practices to the grinding in the weight room to the Friday Night Lights — more than Anthony Janezic.

He may not the biggest (5-foot-10, 185 pounds), but Janezic is among the fastest, most athletic and toughest. Last year he averaged almost seven tackles a game and picked off one pass, numbers he plans to dramatically increase in 2013.

“I feel it’s going to happen,” said Janezic, who wants nothing more than to play in college, where strong safety might be his position. “I’m looking to get a few more interceptions this year and get my name out there some more.”

Above all else, Janezic said he’s prepared to sacrifice anything for the good of the team, which is why he is such a complement to the rest of the Gryphons’ solid linebacking unit.

Alongside Janezic are seniors Josh Savitz and Jonathan Torres and sophomores Jake Hampton and Cameron Miller, the latter of whom are coming on extra strong.

Add it up and the Gryphons appear to have one of the best linebacking corps in Hillsborough County.


Running back

Junior Ray Ray McCloud is arguably the best back in the county. Last year as a sophomore McCloud rushed 161 times for 1,319 yards and 12 touchdowns, and this year he’s bigger, stronger and faster.

Defensive line

This is probably the Gryphons’ most experienced unit with major Division-1 recruit Josh Black, Deven Santana, Kareem Blair and Logan Braswell providing much speed and strength.

Black and Santana appear capable of collecting double-digit sacks.

Offensive line

Zach Hudson, a University of Missouri commit, leads a group that is strong and athletic and rather good at opening up enough daylight for McCloud.



The Gryphons graduated a solid leader in Nate Mills. Junior Isaak Holder looks llke the next Gryphon quarterback after getting playing time in eight games last year where he completed 14 of 30 passes for 185 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. It does help that Sickles has a solid ground attack, which could open some passing lanes.


Sickles lost almost two-thirds of its receptions when it graduated wideouts Bilal Salat and DeAndre Mathis. The good news is that Chett Levay, who committed to Florida International, is returning.

District title

It won’t be easy to capture the Class 7A-District 7 crown with Tampa Bay Tech and archrival Gaither in the mix, but Sickles is more than capable of pulling it off.


Aug. 30: at Robinson

Sept. 6: Durant

Sept. 12: at Newsome

Sept. 20: Steinbrenner

Oct. 4: at Freedom

Oct. 11: at Plant

Oct. 18: Gaither

Oct. 25: at Wiregrass Ranch

Nov. 1: Tampa Bay Tech

Nov. 8: Alonso


No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Issac Holder QB 5-10 160 Jr.

2 Steve Quieles DB 5-5 145 So.

3 Jaaron Barrett WR 6-1 160 Sr.

4 Ernst St. Lous DB 5-8 155 Sr.

5 Cadi Molina RB 5-10 165 Sr.

7 Anthony Janezic OLB 5-10 185 Sr.

8 Deven Santana DE 6-3 205 Sr.

9 Kareem Blair DL 6-0 200 Sr.

10 Josh Black LB 6-2 220 Sr.

11 Wes Harris DB 5-11 185 Sr.

12 Josh Savitz LB 5-8 190 Sr.

13 Jon Weinreich QB 6-3 175 Jr.

14 Louis Mercado DB 5-9 155 Sr.

15 Brandon Washington WR 6-2 180 Sr.

18 Matt Zwolak DB 5-11 160 Jr.

19 Daniel Lezotte K/P 6-0 190 Sr.

20 Mike Smith OLB 5-9 175 Sr.

21 Joey Breheny DB 5-9 165 Sr.

22 Carter Mulroe DB 6-0 205 So.

22 Justin Harris FB 5-10 190 Sr.

23 Zeke Houston OLB 6-0 175 So.

25 Anthony Quintana WR 5-8 155 Fr.

26 Issac Levay S 6-1 165 Jr.

27 Alec Leon DB 5-9 165 Jr.

28 Chett Levay WR 6-3 215 Sr.

30 Justin Fragnito LB 6-0 210 Sr.

32 Cory Woodard DB 5-9 165 So.

33 Cameron Miller LB 6-0 195 So.

34 Ray Ray McCloud III RB 5-10 174 Jr.

42 Logan Braswell LB 6-0 200 Jr.

44 Jake Hampton LB 5-10 185 So.

46 Jonathan Torres LB 5-10 175 Sr.

51 Zachary Hudson TE 6-5 280 Sr.

52 Justin Gibbons OL 6-0 225 Jr.

53 Jack Westen OL 6-0 205 So.

54 Beau Schramm OL 6-1 210 Sr.

55 Justin Borrero OC 5-10 205 Sr.

57 Deandre Mclean OL 6-2 275 Sr.

59 Josh Kaspari OL 5-10 205 Jr.

61 Frankie Padilla OL 5-10 225 Jr.

64 Juan Toboada OL 6-2 280 So.

65 Chris Boan DT 5-7 210 Jr.

70 Nick Workman OL 6-1 270 Fr.

71 Anthony Montalvo DL 6-1 175 So.

80 Chase Gibson WR 6-1 175 Jr.

84 Jeff Ysma WR 6-0 175 Fr.

85 Adrian Morris DE 6-3 185 So.

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