Derek Gonzalez and Te'Corey Tutson each scored twice for Southwest in a 44-0 rout of Varela in the district opener at Tropical Park. The Eagles took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when quarterback JJ Jaramillo found Gonzalez for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Antonio Garcia nailed a 27-yard field goal with just under five minutes left in the half to make it 10-0. Twenty seconds before halftime, Tutson ran it in from five yards out to extend the lead to 17-0. On the first possession of the third quarter, it took only four plays from scrimmage to score when Oliver Guerra took a Jaramillo pass and went 47 yards to make it 23-0. The next possession resulted in another 4-play drive with Tutson running 42 yards for a 30-0 margin. The Jaramillo to Gonzalez connection struck again on the final play of the third quarter for a 59-yard touchdown that invoked the Mercy Rule, causing the entire fourth quarter to be played with a running clock. Freshman quarterback Armando Posse, a transfer from Calusa Prep, closed out the scoring with 4:25 left in the game when he found Amir Rivera for a 14-yard TD pass. The Vipers (1-2) had several opportunities to score, but every one of them was stopped by Rivera, who excels on offense, defense and special teams. Late in the first quarter, a 41-yard run looked like it was going all the way until the speedy senior caught the Varela running back from behind at the Eagles 17. Four plays later, the Vipers attempted a 32-yard field goal which Rivera blocked. Midway through the third period, Varela returned a kickoff 93 yards to the Southwest six, where again Rivera used his blazing speed to catch the kick-returner from behind. The Vipers ended up losing 5 yards on the next four plays and turning the ball over on downs. Freshman sensation Andre Stringfield sat out the game with a minor injury and is expected to return to action following a bye week. Next on the schedule for the Eagles (4-0) is the biggest game of the year, Belen, with a probable district championship on the line. The last four district 15 titles have all been won by either Southwest or the Wolverines.


Amir Rivera used his blazing speed to keep Varela off the scoreboard.