Posted: 11:46 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Palm Beach Central 71, Spanish River 0: No. 10 Broncos cruise past Sharks

By Special to The Palm Beach Post


Palm Beach Central warmed up for a district title showdown with Park Vista by demolishing Spanish River 71-0 on Friday night.

The Broncos (5-3, 3-1 in District 10-8A) will play host to the Cobras (7-1, 4-0) next Friday. The winner will earn the district crown. If Central loses, it faces the prospect of needing to win a three-way district shootout with Boca Raton (3-5, 2-2) and Santaluces (5-3, 2-2) on Nov. 4.

The Sharks (0-8, 0-4) moved another step closer to their fifth winless campaign in the past seven seasons. They have not won a district game since 2008.

The Broncos scored touchdowns on all 10 of their possessions and outgained the Sharks 411-22. The Sharks were limited to three first downs (two by penalty), all of which they earned on their fourth possession, when they drove from their 20-yard line to the Broncos 24, where they were stopped on fourth-and-9 on the first snap of the second quarter.

The Sharks had only two gains longer than 5 yards — Owen Levine’s 18-yard pass to Brett Burgess in the first quarter and Jordan Henry’s 8-yard run late in the second quarter.

On the Broncos’ first possession, starting quarterback Kemar Downer led a drive to the Sharks’ 10. From there, senior Kevin Bramhall took over under center and handed off twice to senior Tommy McDonald, who barreled in from the 1 to open the scoring.

Spanish River’s second possession ended with Central’s Robert James blocking Alex Goldstein’s punt, which went out of bounds at the Sharks 10. Three plays later, Downer faked a handoff and connected with a wide-open Connor Giragos for a 7-yard touchdown pass.

On their next possession, the Sharks faked a punt on fourth-and-15 from their own 15, but upback Nigel Ceasar gained only 5 yards. On the next snap, Central’s Tommy McDonald ran the ball in from the 20 to push the lead to 21-0 with 1:39 left in the quarter.

McDonald wound up with nine carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half — and he ran for a two-point conversion following the Broncos’ fourth touchdown. Fellow senior Langston Canady ran 15 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns — all in the second half. Senior kicker Jordan Acham went 9-for-9 on extra points.


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