EAGLES SLOSH PAST CORAL PARK, 13-12  

In a game that looked like it was going to be postponed due to poor field conditions, Southwest held on to defeat Coral Park, 13-12, at Tropical Park. The Eagles (1-0) took a 7-0 lead with 3:35 remaining in the first quarter when quarterback Tyler Peña connected with Jordan Worley for a 15-yard touchdown pass. A 32-yard catch and run by Willie Carter set up the score. The Rams (0-1) scored on a 31-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. At that point, a torrential downpour arrived and it may have helped Southwest as Coral Park's holder couldn't handle the wet snap. The kick never got off and the Eagles escaped with a 7-6 lead. The officials halted play eight plays later even though there appeared to be no lightning. The field got so wet that almost all the fans left thinking the game would be called because of an unplayable field. But 65 minutes later, the teams resumed the game in a lighter rain. There was no more scoring in the second quarter and, after a shortened 10-minute halftime, the Eagles defense and special teams made some big plays. Worley ended a drive when he intercepted Coral Park's first pass attempt of the game at the Rams' 45. After fumbling the ball back, the defense forced a punt. Mike Maldanado almost blocked it, and his pressure caused a short, 14-yard kick giving the Eagles the ball again at the Rams' 45. Peña scrambled for 13 yards then, on fourth and six, he found Carter for a 13-yard scoring pass to make it 13-6 with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter. Ninety seconds into the fourth period, Coral Park connected on a 51-yard TD pass. A run for a 2-point conversion failed and the Southwest lead was down to a single point. The Rams made a final drive to win the game but, with 1:48 on the clock, Michael Salvatore recovered a fumble and the Eagles ran out the clock giving head coach Donnie March a win in his first official game leading the Eagles. Southwest has not lost to its neighborhood rival since 2010. The stats are here.


Junior Jordan Worley scored a touchdown, made an interception, put two kickoffs into the end zone, made numerous tackles and punted well for the Eagles.