Broncos and Hawks open 2022 football season with wins
Two weeks into the 2022 high school football season, two local college programs remain undefeated — Palm Beach Central High School and Seminole Ridge High School.
As expected, Palm Beach Central High School, which reached a Class 7A regional final last season after posting an undefeated regular season, is off to a strong start.
The Broncos started with a pair of wins: 80-0 over Palm Beach Lakes High School on August 26, followed by a 27-7 win over Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg on September 2.
The Broncos’ next two games are Friday, Sept. 9 at Park Vista High School and Friday, Sept. 16, when Palm Beach Central hosts Pahokee High School, in a battle of two of Palm Beach County’s top football programs. .
After two weeks of play, Palm Beach Central head coach Kevin Thompson likes what he saw on the gridiron.
“I was really impressed with the maturity of our team,” Thompson said. “Our preparation throughout the week has also translated well on the pitch. Overall the team management has done well to show every day that they are ready to work and rally the team.
Despite going 2-0 on the back of a prolific offense and stingy defence, Thompson knows his team has room for improvement.
“We’re still working on more consistency,” he said. “Our guys are working to improve in this area.”
At Seminole Ridge High School, a new head football coach is patrolling the sidelines this season. Chad Chieffalo took over the reins of the program following the retirement of legendary trainer Rick Casko.
The Hawks got off to a strong 2-0 start, based on a pair of road wins: 22-14 at Glades Central High School on Friday August 26, followed by a 23-0 win at Royal Palm Beach High School on Thursday, September 1st.
The Hawks’ next two games will be at home. On Friday, September 9, Seminole Ridge hosts its home opener against Forest Hill High School. Then, on Friday, September 16, Seminole Ridge hosts the Palm Beach Lakes High School Rams.
At Wellington High School, the Wolverines started the season with a win and a loss. On Friday, August 26, the team traveled to Boynton Beach to take on the Park Vista High School Cobras. All went well that night for the Wolverines, who triumphed 41-0. However, a week later on Friday, September 2, Wellington was crushed 42-7 when visiting Martin County High School. Wellington’s next two opponents will be at home against undefeated Jensen Beach High School on Friday September 9 and local rival Royal Palm Beach High School on Friday September 16.
At RPBHS, new head football coach Chuck Kenyon is busy changing the culture and mindset regarding football on the Wildcats campus. After an encouraging 16-14 win in their classic kickoff against West High School Boca Raton, the Wildcats opened the regular season with a pair of losses. On August 26, the Wildcats lost their home opener to Fort Pierce Westwood, 36-13. On Thursday, September 1, they were shut out 23-0 by local rival Seminole Ridge. The Wildcats will go for their first win of the regular season when they play at Suncoast High School on Friday, September 9. The following week, they will host Wellington on Friday, September 16.
At King’s Academy, a new era of coaching begins under football coach Ben McEnroe. The Lions had an exciting season opener at home against Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton on Friday August 26th. The Lions prevailed 24-21 when junior placekicker Nicholas Cueto fired a home goal as time expired in the fourth quarter. A big key to the game for TKA was his ability to successfully rush for 164 yards. Then, the following week, TKA lost 14-7 to Glades Central High School. The Lions will be aiming for their second win of the year when they host undefeated Somerset Academy-Canyons on Friday, September 9. On Friday, September 16, the Lions return to Belle Glade to take on the Glades Day School Gators.
At Berean Christian School, the Bulldogs hosted Sarasota’s Out-of-Door Academy on Saturday, August 27, losing 28-0. Then, on Friday, September 2, Berean lost to Cocoa Beach High School, 56-0. Berean head football coach Mario Jackson will try to rally his team as they prepare to play against Saint Edward’s School in Vero Beach on Saturday, September 10. On Friday, September 16, they will play Boca Raton Christian.