If you've followed Southwest Miami football program through the years, you know that the Eagles have never been a team will send the fear into opponents.
But times are changing.
In the past decade, this football team, which used to be an automatic W for opponents, is now producing talent and competing for the playoffs.
Veteran head coach Tim Neal has changed the culture for a school that certainly has its work cut out each year, attempting to field a team that will compete for a district title.
While the season is promising, this will be one of those years where execution and mistakes will certainly dictate the outcome of many games.
"We believe going into this season that there are a lot of playmakers and leaders who are ready to step up," Neal pointed out. "There are enough quality athletes to make a difference – and challenging schedule will definitely put them to the test."
The Eagles became the envy of many programs as when they welcomed in a major prospect in freshman running Andre Stringfield – who comes in with as many credentials as anyone recently that has attended Southwest Miami.
But as enticing as it is to put the entire load on his young shoulders, this program has much more.
Senior quarterback John "J.J." Jaramillo, defensive end Joel Delgado, state-rated kicker Antonio Garcia and lineman Keanu Sullivan are key to the leadership and success.
The junior class is also impressive with standout athlete Te'Corey Tutson (also a former youth phenom), defensive back Donovan Edouard and linebacker Michael Martinez.
"We have a very good team that has worked hard," Tutson said. "It's honor to play with so many talented players. This is going to be a very good season."
The district remains the same with defending champion Belen Jesuit, Coral Reef, Varela, Braddock and Ferguson.
OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
2018 – Emmanuel Delanoval, LB
2017 – Kevin Dixon, OL
2017 – Derek Gonzalez, WR
2017 – Manuel Gonzalez, OLB
2017 – Marquise McCrae, WR
2017 – Michael Mirales, DE
2019 – Cornelius Nunn, DB
2017 – Manny Pineda, WR
2017 – Amir Rivera, WR
2019 – Jordan Worley, QB
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