BY GENE NARDI
The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football squad hosted Park Vista High School for the District 10-8A title and convincingly defeated the No. 2 Cobras 40-13 before a capacity crowd Friday, Nov. 1.
If there was a statement to be made for the No. 5 Broncos, after a shaky 1-3 season start, it was certainly made as they dominated the Cobras in nearly every aspect of the contest.
Tommy McDonald’s 116 rushing yards and four touchdowns led the Broncos, as they won their fifth consecutive game and second straight district title.
Palm Beach Central (6-3, 4-1) consumed nearly six minutes of the first quarter before McDonald entered his first score from 2 yards out.
The two-point conversion failed, and the Broncos never trailed after the early 6-0 lead.
Park Vista (7-2, 4-1) retaliated with a long pass into Palm Beach Central territory, but could not find a rhythm and fell victim to turnovers.
The Broncos closed out the half with a 20-0 lead. The Cobras closed the gap and made it 20-6, but never could catch momentum.
Palm Beach Central would tally 20 more points in the fourth quarter to seal the district title.
The Broncos had 347 yards rushing, including 120 yards from junior quarterback Kemar Downer. Jhnard Dorsett added 67 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Josh Gutierrez rushed for 35 yards and a score.
The Broncos will host their first playoff game in two weeks, but will have to travel to Palm Beach Gardens High School to close out the season Friday, Nov. 8 for a 7 p.m. game.
ABOVE: Running back Tommy McDonald crosses the line for a touchdown.