TAMPA — A message for area coaches: Be afraid of Ray Ray McCloud III this season. Be very afraid.
McCloud did all the scoring to lead Sickles past Tampa Catholic. The junior rushed for three touchdowns and returned a punt and kickoff for scores. McCloud rushed for 218 yards on 26 carries.
McCloud gave the hosts a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a zig-zag run for a 21-yard score.
Early in the second half, McCloud gathered a punt around mid-field and took it down the sideline to put Sickles up 14-0. The visitors answered with a 30-yard pass from Kyle Ploucher to Isaiah Osby.
McCloud scored on Sickles’ next series with an 18-yard run, but Ploucher answered with a 5-yard pass to Trajan Herr.
On the next play, McCloud took the Crusaders’ kickoff back 90 yards to give Sickles a 27-14 lead.
Ben Reed ran for a 73-yard TD, but McCloud finished off the scoring with an 8-yard run.
Tampa Cath, 0 0 14 6 — 20
Sickles 7 0 20 7 — 34
S — McCloud 21 run (Lezotte kick)
S — McCloud 50 punt return (Lezotte kick)
T — Osby 30 pass from Ploucher (kick failed)
S — McCloud 18 run (kick failed)
T — Herr 5 pass from Ploucher (Vertino pass from Ploucher)
S — McCloud 90 kick return (Lezotte kick)
T — Reed 73 run (kick failed)
S — McCloud 8 run (Lezotte kick)
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