The Palm Beach Central High School football team will be gathering in the pre-dawn hours on Monday, Aug. 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 is taking over as head coach for Scottie Littles, who has accepted a coaching position at Booker High School in Sarasota.
According to Thompson, a focal point of practice will be getting the offensive line in place.
“We have a young offensive line that we’re trying to build chemistry with,” Thompson explained. “They have a great coach, and he will have them right.”
Thompson expects a big year from many of last year’s playmakers on offense.
“We have a couple of guys who we will be leaning 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 receivers on the outside will be a huge part of the offense. They are Luby Maurice and Javorian Wimberly. Our defense is led by our free safety Justin Bostic, who will be protecting the back end. 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 sophomore wide receiver and cornerback, and sophomore wide receiver Nedrick Boldin. Both players have offers from Bowling Green University.
Haston was the leading high school passer in Florida 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 record of 10-1 and reached the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 8A regional final, losing 34-0 to Treasure Coast High School on Friday, Nov. 26.
Palm Beach Central’s first opponent for its kickoff classic is Atlantic High School from Delray Beach. That game against the visiting Eagles will be played at Palm Beach Central on Thursday, Aug. 18. The Broncos open their regular season schedule at home against the Palm Beach Lakes High School Rams on Friday, Aug. 26.