Coral Gables scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away from Southwest and close out its season Friday night at Tropical Park. With the win, the Cavilers (4-5) won the ceremonial Turkey Bowl trophy.
"We started slow and it has been a rough season, but were are going to pick it up," Coral Gables coach Tim Neal said. "We are going to head in the right direction, it just takes time, but we can't wait to get back at it."
Neal had coached Southwest for the past eight years and was an assistant coach at Coral Gables for 10 years prior.
The Cavilers were held scoreless in the first quarter. Sophomore Frank Gore Jr. scored the first points of the game with a 27-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give Gables a 7-0 halftime lead.
Coral Gables extended the lead with three third quarter touchdowns and a 40-yard field goal by Sebastian Riella. Te'Corey Tutson scored on a 73-yard run. Gilbert Frierson scored on a 36-yard pass from Gerald Williams and Nadarien Jones scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone.
Gore Jr. scored his second touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a four yard run. Gore Jr.'s father Frank Gore still holds most Coral Gables rushing records and Miami-Dade county records with 2,953 rushing yards in his senior season and 419 rushing yards in a single game.
Southwest (1-9) was led by freshman Devin Everett who caught four passes for 81 yards. Jordan Worley passed for 95 yards and rushed for 27 yards.
Coral Gables was led by Gore Jr. with 97 rushing yards on seven carries with two touchdowns. Tutson rushed for 93 yards on six carries with a touchdown.
"The season didn't go as planned, but I told the younger guys to keep their heads up," Tutson said.