Wellington — Palm Beach Central senior quarterback Ahmad Haston scored six first-half touchdowns as the host Broncos edged Palm Beach Lakes 80-0 in the season opener on Friday night.
Haston, a UMass commitment and Sun Sentinel Super 11 selection, had three touchdowns and also rushed for three scores.
“We did a lot of things well,” Haston said. “Our running game was strong. We have a lot of old people. We took this loss personally last year at Treasure Coast. We’re trying to come back this year as strong as we can and stay healthy as much as we can to try and make that run to the States.
Palm Beach Central (1-0), which reached the regional finals last year, delivered an impressive performance under freshman head coach Kevin Thompson to start the season. The Broncos took a 28-0 lead late in the first quarter and held a 59-0 advantage at halftime.
“I think we did really well,” Thompson said. “We definitely have to clean up a lot of penalties in the second quarter. We preach consistency at the start of the year and that’s definitely something we need to work on for next week. We focused this week on getting turnovers, attacking the ball and trying to give our offense more opportunities to be on the pitch and that was a major point of what we tried to do.
The Broncos scored on eight of nine offensive possessions in the first half. The starters were taken out of the game in the final series of the first half after taking possession deep in Rams territory (0-1).
The Broncos opened the scoring on the first drive of the contest as Haston rushed down the middle for a 12-yard touchdown run.
“I’ve always been able to run the ball,” Haston said. “I guess I just took advantage of what the defense gave me today and that’s what I’m going to do all season.”
The Broncos recovered a fumble after a punt deep in Rams territory. Junior running back Leon Williams rushed for an 11-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 14-0.
After the Broncos blocked a punt, Haston scored on the first play of possession that followed as he rebounded to the right for a 16-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 21-0.
Haston threw a 3-yard pass to senior tight end Christian Pickhardt to push the lead to 28-0 late in the first quarter.
The Broncos defense recorded a safety on the first play of the second quarter. On the next drive, Haston threw a pass to the flat to senior running back Tyler Young as he turned downfield for 33 yards.
Haston fired a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Nedrick Boldin to make it 44-0. Haston added a 1-yard touchdown run on his final streak of the game with 3:57 left in the first half.
Williams rushed in for his second score of the game late in the first half. After a mishandled snap, Justin Bostic sent a two-point conversion pass to Javorian Wimberly.
Senior running back Xavier Jovan rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Britton-Lawrence Holmes Jr. and Williams both scored on fumble recoveries late in the fourth quarter.