Miami-Dade High Schools

Arocha runs for 109 yards and two touchdowns to lead Varela past South Miami

One of Varela’s goals in the offseason was to find some playmakers to replace the large number of starters lost to graduation.

The Vipers found some candidates Thursday afternoon during a 24-7 season-opening win over South Miami at Tropical Park.

Senior running back Eddy Arocha ran for 109 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Vipers (1-0).

Senior Nick Chirino made a game-changing play early on defense recovering a fumble and racing 91 yards for the game’s first touchdown. The score came moments after the Cobras (0-1) had moved the ball inside the 10 following a Varela fumble.

Chirino and Alejandro Hernandez (one interception) led Varela’s defense, which forced three turnovers and recorded five sacks. Bryce Holliday’s 26-yard TD pass to Gerand Turner in the third quarter accounted for South Miami’s only score.

The game was called with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter because of lightning in the area.