Palm Beach Central shuts down Wellington, 49-0
Friday, September 28, 2012
by Joseph Kairalla
Palm Beach Central looks as if it might be starting to live up to its preseason hype as the Broncos dismantled Wellington 49-0 on Friday night.
The Broncos, who improved to 2-2, dominated all three phases of the game.
"I think we got a little too full of ourselves a few weeks ago," senior standout Ray Wilson said. "We know we're a good team, but now we're starting to practice and play like a good team."
Palm Beach Central scored on the opening drive when Tommy McDonald ran in from 22 yards out.
On the ensuing drive, Wilson intercepted Wellington quarterback Cole Smallridge and returned it 25 yards for a 14-0 Bronco advantage.
Early in the second quarter, McDonald scored his second touchdown -- this one from 10 yards out -- to stretch the lead to 21-0. The Broncos capped the first half when quarterback Kyle Shafer connected with Blake Cassandra for a 24-yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead.
"Our offense came out and was very efficient," Broncos head coach Rod Harris said. "The running game was very effective."
And the defense forced two interceptions, blocked a punt and allowed the Wolverines only one first down in the first half.
"We basically have a whole new defense -- but we're starting to come together," said Wilson. "We have a lot of talented guys who can make big plays."
Wilson may be the most talented of the bunch. After starring at running back last season, he shares those duties with McDonald and Lloyd Howard this year. But Wilson has become one of the best safeties in the area. In addition to the interception, he made six tackles and broke up three passes.
"He's playing everywhere for us and making things happen," Harris said of Wilson. "He's just a real dynamite kid."
It looked like the Wolverines would score on the opening possession of the second half, but a promising drive ended with a fumble on the 1-yard line. The Broncos capitalized by going 99 yards and increasing the lead to 35-0 when Shafer hit Kamar Downer with a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Early in the fourth quarter, Howard showed his explosiveness by busting a 64-yard run that would have been a touchdown except for a chopping call at the Wolverine 2-yard line. Wilson came in and finished off the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run making it 42-0.
Jhanard Dorsett scored the final touchdown, running in from five yards out in the game's final minutes.
"This performance came at the right time," Wilson said. "We have a huge district game next week against Park Vista and we'll be ready for it."