After the departure of Palm Beach Central High School head coach Tino Ierulli to Georgia at the end of last season, the Broncos have a new head coach guiding them into the fall. Scottie Littles groomed the squad in the spring to prepare the defending District 9-8A champions this season.
In the wake of last season, the Broncos compiled an 11-2 record and a regional finals appearance against perennial powerhouse Deerfield Beach High School.
“My approach with the program is to provide the best experience we possibly can. We want to create a competitive environment that prepares them for the next level, all the while having fun and helping these young men grow,” Littles explained. “The players have been great, and they are buying into our way of doing things.”
Palm Beach Central was hit heavy by graduation last year, but the squad has enough returning talent to make a post-season run.
Senior receiver Bryan Robinson will return for his final season as a Bronco. The South Florida Super 11 receiver recommitted from the University of Miami and has several offers on the table. ESPN Top 63 quarterback Anarjahe Douriet will be one of the team leaders this fall and guide the offense. He is big and has good arm strength. Running back Corey Reddick has had an impressive opening fall practice.
In the trenches, the Broncos will lean on Jahiem Shannon and Paul Saget; both are six feet and more than 300 pounds. The duo will be the foundation for the offensive line and look to contribute to the Broncos’ success of moving the ball up and down the field.
Defensively, the Broncos have several returning impact players to complement the squad. The defensive backfield will be anchored by Cedric Williams, Kam’ron Young and DeAngelo Pompey. Donovan Hoillette will occupy the outside linebacker spot and also see time at the defensive end position. Jordan Kolnick will be a two-way key player for the Broncos, as outside linebacker and running back. According to Littles, the corps of the defense has had a successful start to the fall season in practice.
“We want to create a culture that allows us to compete at a high level,” he added. “Our expectation year in and year out is to play in December.”
Palm Beach Central could make a run to retain the district crown another year before pressing deep into the post season. Out of the gate, the Broncos will host Miami Northwestern on Friday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m., and the Broncos believe they are ready.
“We respect all of our opponents. We want to focus on us,” Littles said. “We do that by going 1-0 each week.”