No. 7 Palm Beach Central 35, Jupiter 0: Ground game, defense lift Broncos
Friday, October 12, 2012
by Joseph Kairalla
Palm Beach Central's combination of a dominant running game and suffocating defense was too much for Jupiter to handle as the Broncos pounded the Warriors 35-0 on Friday night.
After losing their first two games of the season by a combined 13 points, the Broncos have won their last three games by an aggregate score of 129-7, moving them to 3-2 while proving themselves as one of the best teams in the area.
One thing that was apparent during Friday's game was the talent differential between the two teams.
The Broncos, despite playing without one of their star offensive players, Tommy McDonald, had no trouble running the ball. With McDonald out and the other standout back, Ray Wilson, focusing on defense, Lloyd Howard was more than happy to carry the load for Central. He finished with 125 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
"Its all about trust," Howard said. "Trust the play call, trust my line and, most importantly, trust my ability to make plays."
Howard gave gave Broncos the early lead when he took a sweep 15 yards in for a touchdown.
Minutes later, Central extended its lead to 14 when quarterback Kyle Schafer connected with tight end John St. Paul for a 17-yard score.
"Prior to the season, people said our QB might be our weakness. If anything, it has become a strength," Howard said. "Opposing teams have to respect the pass, and that opens (up the running game)."
Early in the second quarter, Howard followed a lead block by fullback Chris Passeggiata for a 15-yard score and a 20-0 Broncos lead. Central added one more score before the half -- this one thanks to special teams.
With the Warriors forced to punt deep in their own territory, the Broncos' Trevor Campbell broke through the line, blocked the punt and recovered it for a touchdown, making it 27-0 at the half.
"Our defense and special teams have been getting better and better," Central coach Rod Harris said. "As a coach, all you can ask for is progress, and that's what we as a staff are seeing weekly."
The Broncos capped the scoring when Wilson, playing his only series at running back, took six carries for 67 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown.