Posted: 7:11 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2008
By Jason Lieser
Palm Beach Central seems to be one of the most controversial football teams we cover, so why not poke the coals a little?
The Broncos have yet to finish above .500 and haven’t cracked the playoffs, either.
One reason the Broncos underachieved in 2007 was linebacker Jon Bostic’s struggle to stay healthy. Bostic battled nagging back and ankle injuries that limited his participation. In the off-season, he was fitted for supportive arches in his shoes and said they have cured his woes.
When healthy, there is no disputing Bostic is Palm Beach Central’s best player and he probably is the best linebacker in the county, just ahead of Pahokee’s Brandin Hawthorne. Bostic is a little bigger (6-2, 225) and equally quick (runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds).
Bostic is a sturdy running back too, but coach Rod Harris is committed to using him on defense first.
Offensively, starting running back Alex Muniz, a senior, has the speed to mix with Bostic’s power, and they have the potential to open up Palm Beach Central’s best passing attack yet.
Senior quarterback Travis Simmons is back for his second season as a starter, and watch out for 6-3, 175-pound wide receiver Roody St. Germain, a basketball star, along with Jon Beasley and Mike Gibbone.
The big game to watch is next week’s trip to Glades Central, the first in school history. Last year, the Broncos went up 14-0 on the Raiders thanks to a pair of long touchdowns by Bostic, but Glades Central outscored them 42-8 the rest of the way.
The only way the Broncos go into Belle Glade and win is if they hire a certain coach named Ditka. (Sorry Rod). I figure the Raiders should beat Palm Beach Central again, but probably by a slimmer margin.
Honestly, the Broncos don’t have to win that game, but if they can play the Raiders close, it will say a lot about their playoff hopes.