Posted: 4:02 pm Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Football: Palm Beach Central names Kemar Downer starting QB 

By Anthony Chiang

Palm Beach Central was forced to scramble when both of its quarterbacks were sidelined due to injuries.

Palm Beach Central junior Kemar Downer has excelled since becoming the team's quarterback. (Photo by Allen Eyestone)

Desperate times called for desperate measures, so the Broncos turned to junior Kemar Downer, typically a running back and wide receiver. Central hasn’t looked back since, as Downer has energized the offense with his ability to make plays with his arm and legs.

Now, Broncos coach Rod Harris will stick with Downer as the team’s starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Even when injured quarterbacks Kevin Bramhall and Luis Peguero are healthy, Downer will be the starting signal-caller.

“Kemar has brought a lot of confidence and he’s made a lot of big plays for us,” Harris said. “Obviously, he’s throwing the ball really well and he has been tough running the ball on the ground. He’s a dual-threat and it brings a lot of opportunities for our offense.”

In three games as Central’s quarterback, Downer has thrown for five touchdowns, and has run for 313 yards and another score. The Broncos are 2-1 in that span, scoring 33 points per game.

However, Harris said that he will give Downer a couple of possessions off per game when Bramhall returns from his foot injury. Since Central depends on Downer to play other positions such as defensive back, it is essential that they keep him fresh.

“We’re going to need him at other spots, too,” Harris said. “We will have to give him a little breather. When Kevin is ready, he’ll give us a series here and there. But Kemar is the quarterback right now.”