Palm Beach Central football team gears up for 2022 campaign

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Palm Beach Central quarterback Ahmad Haston in action last season. Photo by Morgan Waters

The Palm Beach Central High School football team will gather in the pre-dawn hours on Monday, August 1 for its first official day of football practice for the 2022 season.

According to new head coach Kevin Thompson, practice will begin at 6 a.m. sharp. Thompson expects a herd of Broncos to attend practice.

“We’re expecting about 90 players on day one, with 29 seniors,” said Thompson, who takes over as head coach from Scottie Littles, who has accepted a coaching position at Booker High School in Sarasota.

According to Thompson, a focus of practice will be setting up the offensive line.

“We have a young offensive line that we’re trying to build chemistry with,” Thompson explained. “They have a great coach, and he will prove them right.”

Thompson expects a big year from many of last year’s playmakers on offense.

“We’ve got a few guys we’re going to lean on this year,” Thompson said. “Ahmad Haston, our fearless leader, will be at the helm for us at quarterback. He had a great year last year, and we’re just trying to build on that. Our two outside receivers will play an important role in the offense. They are Luby Maurice and Javorian Wimberly. Our defense is led by our free safety Justin Bostic, who will protect the back. Our front seven will be led by senior outside linebacker Nick Toussaint.

Two other key players for Palm Beach Central will be Tony Williams, a 6-foot-2 second-year wide receiver and cornerback, and second-year wide receiver Nedrick Boldin. Both players have offers from University Bowling Green.

Haston was Florida’s top secondary passer last season, throwing for 3,100 yards and 32 touchdowns with just four interceptions.

The Broncos are coming off a stellar season in 2021, when they had a 10-1 record and reached the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 8A Regional Finals, losing 34-0 to Treasure Coast High School on Friday the 26th. november.

Palm Beach Central’s first opponent for its classic kickoff is Atlantic High School in Delray Beach. This game against the visiting Eagles will be played at Palm Beach Central on Thursday, August 18. The Broncos open their regular season schedule at home against the Palm Beach Lakes High School Rams on Friday, August 26.

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