The Palm Beach Central High School football team hosted Palm Beach County powerhouse Atlantic High School on Friday, Aug. 23 and fell 40-13 in the season opener.
The Broncos had a rough first half, being held scoreless by the Atlantic defense with the field being saturated by rain for the second straight week. Atlantic had little difficulty moving the chains and built a 19-0 lead before the halftime whistle.
The Eagles continued to fatigue the Bronco defense and added another score in the third quarter to claim a 26-0 lead.
Palm Beach Central’s offense began to gel when Bronco quarterback Anarjahe Douriet put together a drive midway through the third quarter. Douriet found one of his preferred targets, receiver Bryan Robinson, for a 30-yard touchdown to narrow the margin to 26-7.
The Bronco defense also slowed the Atlantic offensive unit. Defensive back De’Angelo Pompey grabbed an interception that halted another possible score by the Eagles. The Broncos ignited a rally by adding a second touchdown, but the point after failed. Palm Beach Central started chipping away at the Atlantic lead, but they trailed 26-13 going into the final quarter.
The Palm Beach Central rally was not carried over consistently into the final quarter of play. The Broncos were held scoreless, and Atlantic capped the game by adding two more scores before the final whistle.