After two consecutive shutout losses, the Southwest offense made a statement in leading the Eagles to a 49-47 victory over Varela at Tropical Park. The Vipers' running game gave Southwest (2-4) trouble all night and a 67-yard drive on the ground gave Varela (0-7) an early 7-0 lead. The Eagles tied the game on their first play from scrimmage when Deondre Henry broke free for a 41-yard run. The Vipers responded with another 67-yard drive on its second possession, all but one play was a run, to retake the lead at 14-7. Willie Carter returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to even the contest at 14-14 after one quarter. Ian Valdes' 46-yard run around left end gave Southwest its first lead at 21-14. Varela tied the game with 43 seconds left before halftime, but the Eagles struck back when quarterback Jordan Worley ran for 17 yards, found Zak Chaves open for a 16-yard pass, then went right back to Chaves for a 43-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the second quarter, making it 28-21 Southwest. The Eagles looked like they were going to pull away in the third period when Henry ran it in from 14 yards out and a Worley pass to Chaves made it 42-21. The Vipers wasted no time answering with a 59-yard TD run, but a blocked conversion attempt left the Eagles lead at 42-27. Varela stopped Southwest on defense and, when a bad snap went over punter Worley's head, they got the ball back on the Southwest 11. One play later the lead shrank to 42-33 after a missed two-point conversion attempt. On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Worley to Valdes combination struck for a 25-yard scoring pass. Varela closed to within 49-41 with 6:26 on the clock and recovered an onside kick that led to another touchdown with 3:16 remaining. The Vipers went for a game-tying two-point conversion, but a run failed leaving the Eagles with a two-point lead. Varela tried another onside kick, this time unsuccessful, and Southwest was able to run out the clock, driving to the Vipers 3 before time expired. The game stats are here.


Zak Chaves caught two touchdown passes