Star performance: The junior quarterback rushed seven times for 205 yards and three touchdowns in Patrick Henry’s 51-6 win over Caroline in the Patriots’ season opener.
Patrick Henry’s offense typically is a pass-first operation. But the team has practiced primarily in the gym the past two weeks because of heat and rain. So the passing game isn’t synced up yet.
Instead, Sikkar found success with his feet. Most of his yards came on designed runs.
Go back a year: Alex Sikkar’s career as a varsity quarterback began exactly one year ago, and his first game came against Caroline. But that game was nothing like this year’s.
In 2017, Sikkar was a sophomore who entered the season as the backup quarterback. He didn’t think he would play very much in the season opener. Maybe Patrick Henry would win by a wide margin and he’d get to play in mop-up time.
Instead, when he arrived at the game, he was given some unexpected news. The starting quarterback, Hunter Hart, was out sick. Sikkar would be the starter. He thought his coaches were playing a prank on him.
“I’m serious, you’re starting,” Patrick Henry coach Keith Braxton told him.
Sikkar passed for 101 yards that day, Patrick Henry benefited from seven Caroline turnovers, and the Patriots won 40-19. Once Hart returned, he and Sikkar split time at quarterback. Sikkar averaged 63 yards passing and 26 rushing yards last year. Getting used to the speed of varsity football took him some getting used to.