GABLES COMES FROM BEHIND TO BEAT SOUTHWEST, 21-7

Coral Gables, ranked number one in the county until suffering its first loss last week, trailed in the second half before rallying for a 21-7 victory over Southwest at Tropical Park. The loss spoiled homecoming for the Eagles (7-2), who now prepare for a first round state playoff game Thursday night at district 16 champion Southridge. The Cavaliers (8-1) started their first possession at the Southwest 20, thanks to a 38-yard punt return, and scored on their first play from scrimmage. A missed extra point made it 6-0. In the second quarter, Gables started a possession at the Eagles 34, following a short punt and a personal foul on Southwest. Cornelius Nunn ended the threat when he intercepted the ball in the end zone and returned it 61 yards to the Cavaliers 42. Quarterback JJ Jaramillo found Te'Corey Tutson for a 30-yard completion and first-and-goal at the Gables four. A touchdown completion to Mike Martinez was nullified by a holding call but, on the very next play, Jaramillo ran it in from 15 yards out. The Antonio Garcia conversion gave the Eagles a 7-6 lead at the half. The Cavaliers started their first possession of the third quarter on their own 20 where Johnny Ford, fumbled the ball, had it bounce right back into his hands, and scampered 55 yards before Amir Rivera caught him from behind and made a touchdown-saving tackle. Five plays later, Gables had a first-and-goal at the Southwest four-yard line but the Purple Pain defense held on four straight runs and the Eagles got the ball back on downs. Southwest couldn't move it on offense and punted it back, setting up a 64-yard run by Jamar Thompkins for a touchdown with 4:05 left in the third quarter. A two-point conversion put the Cavaliers up, 14-7. The Eagles had a couple more offensive chances. Early in the fourth quarter they drove to the Gables 35, but a 52-yard field goal attempt was no good. A fake punt, with Tutson throwing to Nunn for 16 yards, kept a drive alive with 5:17 on the clock, but two big Jaramillo runs of 14 and 12 yards were both called back by penalties. A fourth down pass with 1:15 left fell incomplete, ending the Southwest hopes. Twenty seconds later, the Cavaliers scored a meaningless touchdown on a 41-yard run.

 


Quarterback JJ Jaramillo's 15-yard run was the only score for the Eagles