Southwest has an up and down history in football. The Eagles defeated South Broward, 7-6, to win the 1958 Gold Coast Conference championship. In 1959, just a few months after the school's first graduating class left school, the football team went undefeated, its record blemished only by ties with Coral Gables and Key West. The program fell on hard times in the 1970s and 1980s and failed to defeat rival Coral Gables High School until 1995, a team that current coach Donnie March played on. That was also the year Southwest made its first appearance in the state playoffs. The Eagles again defeated Coral Gables in 2011 and 2012. Southwest won its first district championship in football in 2008 under coach Patrick Burrows and repeated as champions in 2012 and 2013 under the leadership of coach Tim Neal. Entering the 2017 season, the Eagles have qualified for the state playoffs five years in a row.

You can watch final minute of Southwest's historic first win over Gables.

Here is the end of coach Tim Neal's first win over Coral Gables, where he used to coach, in 2011.





Steve Tannen, class of 1966, was a first round draft pick of the New York jets, for whom he played from 1970 to 1974.
Randy Burke, class of 1973, was a first round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts, for whom he played from 1978 to 1981.
Tony Chickillo, class of 1979, was a fifth round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs, for whom he played in 1983. Tony, shown at right with college teammate Jim Kelly, went on to play for the Chargers in 1984 and 1985 and the Jets in 1987.

Witt Beckman, class of 1970, played for Jacksonville in the World Football League.

Lamarcus Joyner of the St. Louis Rams played for Southwest as a freshman, sophomore and junior before being recruited away by a Catholic school in Broward county.


In 1982, Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's senior season, the University of Miami football team had more players from Southwest than any other high school in the country! The five Eagles who played on the team were defensive tackle Tony Chickillo, linebackers Ken Sisk and Ron Harris, defensive back Jamie Boone, and long snapper Luis Jaramillo, the father of former Eagles quarterback JJ Jaramillo..