The Royal Palm Beach High School varsity football team steamrolled Lake Worth High School 41-7 in front of a homecoming crowd Friday, Sept. 27.
The Wildcats allowed only one touchdown by Lake Worth, keeping the pressure on the Trojans for the entire game.
It wasn’t until the second half that the Trojans were able to break through the Royal Palm Beach defense to get on the board.
Royal Palm Beach was on fire from the start, with quarterback Toddy Centeio running in two touchdowns in the first quarter alone.
Extra-point kicks from Devin Wallace made the score 14-0 early in the game.
Though the Trojans tried to respond, they were stopped by penalties and turnovers. The Wildcats continued to dominate in the second quarter when Centeio threw a 79-yard passing touchdown to Jimmy Moreland. Wallace’s extra-point kick made the score 21-0 only two minutes into the second quarter.
The Wildcats made big moves to keep their lead. Shamar Jackson nailed an interception on the Trojan’s next possession to turn the ball back over to Royal Palm Beach on their own 22 yard line.
The Wildcats carried the ball to Lake Worth’s 2 yard line, but were unable to capitalize.
On the next Royal Palm Beach possession, Moreland returned a kickoff 75 yards to score a touchdown, making the score 27-0 with 2:05 left in the half.
Lake Worth made another attempt to score, but was forced to turn over the ball again.
Charles Perry picked up the kick return, which landed short of Wildcat territory, and ran in another touchdown with 1:42 in the half. Wallace’s extra-point kick made the score 34-0 going into halftime.
Lake Worth came out of halftime determined not to give up and managed to run in a touchdown in the third quarter to make the score 34-7.
But it would not be enough. Royal Palm Beach pulled out one more touchdown to finish the game 41-7.
The Wildcats hosted Dwyer High School on Thursday, Oct. 3, but results were not available at press time. They travel next week to Atlantic High School on Friday, Oct. 11 for a 7 p.m. game.
ABOVE: Demarcus Holloway crashes through a Lake Worth defender.