Miami-Dade High Schools

Southwest beats Varela, clinches 15-8A title

Southwest claimed the District 15-8A title with a thrashing of Varela. The undefeated Eagles (9-0, 5-0) used a balanced offensive attack in the victory.

“Compared to the scare we had last week, tonight has been great,” Southwest coach Tim Neal said. “The kids have been talking about this all year. I have had to be creative in keeping them focused and I’ve tried everything. We have to focus on Gables now. That’s the perfect team for us to play going into the playoffs. That will get us ready.”

Trevon Sands, who had 11 carries for 102 yards, also had an interception, a receiving TD and opened the game with a rushing score.

“We had a close game last week so we had to come into this one prepared,” Sands said. “No laughing, no talking. We wanted to repeat, the first time in Southwest history. We learned our lesson last week.”

Sands opened the second quarter with a 22-yard touchdown catch from D’undre Pickett-White, who was 8 of 13 for 197 yards and had one rushing score.

“We knew they were going to be tough,” Varela coach Carlos Mollinedo said. “We didn’t play well. But you have to give them credit. We knew what they were going to do and they knew what we would do. They have done a good job of putting that squad together.”

The Eagles led 23-0 at the half. Quindale Corker opened the second half with a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and the Vipers (5-4, 3-2) were shut down on their final drive at the goal line as time expired.

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