Palm Beach Central 56, Lake Worth 26: Broncos wear down Trojans
Friday, September 07, 2012
by Bill Meredith
Palm Beach Central had to wait a week for its home opener after last week's game against Seminole Ridge was canceled due to flooding, but the Broncos put on a show in defeating Lake Worth 56-26.
"It's a beautiful night for football," said Broncos coach Rod Harris, "especially since we couldn't play last week."
The game didn't start beautifully for the Broncos. Quarterback Kyle Shafer's second pass was intercepted by Lake Worth's Richard Seraphin for a 35-yard touchdown and 6-0 Trojans lead after the extra point attempt was blocked.
Broncos running back Ray Wilson's 47-yard run then set up an 8-yard touchdown pass from Shafer to wideout Andrew Prince. Kicker Cameron Golob's extra point made it 7-6.
A switch to junior Brad Stein at quarterback didn't slow the Broncos on the subsequent drive. His 30-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Tommy McDonald stretched the lead to 14-6. McDonald added an 11-yard touchdown run on the following series for a 21-6 Broncos lead, and Shafer's touchdown pass to Blake Cassandra pushed it to 28-6 Palm Beach Central.
But Lake Worth fought back. A 65-yard punt return by Richard Seraphin led to a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Luis Peguero to Ellezer Hernandez. Nigel Caesar's two-point catch from Peguero made it 28-14 as the opening quarter ended. Peguero's 62-yard touchdown pass to James Jones, and a 90-yarder to Jermer Braswell, cut the Palm Beach Central lead to 28-26 at halftime.
Broncos linebacker Dillon Parkes intercepted a Peguero pass on the Trojans' first play of the second half, and Lloyd Howard's 8-yard run extended the lead to 35-26. Ray Wilson's 10-yard return of a fumble by Trojans punter Jones then pushed it to 42-26.
Running behind giant offensive tackles KC McDermott (6-foot-5, 280) and Nickedel Pierre (6-3, 310), the Broncos ground down both the clock and the Trojans with Howard's 44-yard third-quarter touchdown and McDonald's 95-yarder in the fourth.
The Trojans (0-2) had trouble on defense for the second straight game, having lost 36-26 to Olympic Heights last week. But coach Errick Lowe spread the blame.
"We need to play better defense," he said, "but we also need to get better in all facets."