In what is believed to be the first pre-season football game in school history, the Donnie March era began at Tropical Park Thursday night with a 48-8 loss to Jackson. The Eagles, sporting an almost entirely new roster, moved the ball consistently on offense but were their own worst enemy as numerous penalties and mistakes thwarted drives. After Southwest fumbled the opening kickoff, the Generals needed only 1:47 to score on an 11-yard pass for a 7-0 lead. Six minutes later, the Eagles came up short on a 41-yard field goal attempt and Jackson responded with a 43-yard pass to make it 14-0 after one period. On the first play of the second quarter, the deficit was extended to 21-0 on a 44-yard throw. Southwest bounced right back and Willie Carter hauled in a 48-yard scoring pass. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful making the score, 21-6. Fifty-two seconds before halftime, a 44-yard punt return gave the Generals a 28-6 margin heading to the locker room. The Eagles gave up another big play 49 seconds into the third quarter when Jackson's 60-yard pass, followed by a missed extra point increased its lead to 34-6. The Southwest defense buckled down for the next 8 minutes and forced a punt with 3:44 on the clock. The snap went through the end zone giving the Eagles two points on the safety. With 57 seconds left in the third period, an 11-yard TD pass made it 41-8. Southwest threatened in the final quarter when a Tyler Pena pass to Zak Chaves, good for 32 yards, produced a first down at the Generals 22-yard line. An 11-yard gain by Ian Valdes moved the ball to the 11. But, on the next play, Pena was sacked, his legs buckled beneath him, and he left the game with an injury. Junior Jordan Worley, the JV quarterback a year ago, moved from wide receiver to signal caller, but the Eagles could not convert the drive. Worley also played cornerback, punter, and kick-returner during the game. In the second quarter, he had one interception and tipped another pass that led to an interception by Julian Carbajal. Since it was a preseason game, the loss will not count in the team's record. Southwest's season opener is Friday against neighborhood rival Coral Park at Tropical.


3-way player Jordan Worley