With all-purpose star Andre Stringfield out with an ankle injury, Southwest’s other all-purpose ace Te’Corey Tutson and quarterback JJ Jaramillo took care of the Eagles’ offense.
The defense took care of Varela’s offense in a 44-0 rout at Tropical Park on Thursday in the District 15-8A opener for both teams.
Jaramillo ran for 35 yards, threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns — 9 and 59 yards to Derek Gonzalez and 47 yards to Oliver Guerra. Jaramillo’s near perfection on third down left Southwest’s punter superfluous on this night.
Tutson ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, including a 42-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter. The previous play, a 14-yard Jaramillo scramble converted a third-and-11, the closest the Eagles (4-0, 1-0) came to punting.
Southwest’s defense squeezed the Vipers (1-2, 0-1), allowing a paltry 77 yards and four first downs. Varela’s two scoring threats disappeared in a blocked field goal and a turn over on downs after Eddy Arocho’s 93-yard kickoff return.