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Broughton air game lethal to Rickards

By Randy Lefko Sports Editor
Posted 9/8/22

TALLAHASSEE - With just the threat of All-Everything running back Sam Singleton enough to keep opposing defenses honest, Fleming Island High pushed it’s powerful air game led by sophomore …

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Broughton air game lethal to Rickards


TALLAHASSEE - With just the threat of All-Everything running back Sam Singleton enough to keep opposing defenses honest, Fleming Island High pushed it’s powerful air game led by sophomore quarterback Cibastian Broughton for a ridiculously easy 51-20 win over winless Tallahassee Rickards Friday night in Tallahassee.
“We take what the defenses we are facing will give us,” said Fleming Island coach Damenyum Springs. “If they want to load up to stop Sam Singleton, we got a lot of good receivers that will downfield and get the yards.”

Fleming Island (2-0) at Nease (0-2)
Fleming Island pushes ahead to 2-0 with their 49-7 win over Clay last week and will head to winless Nease High on Friday for another possible snoozer before hosting a soon-to-be seething Oakleaf team that lost a thriller on Friday to Baker County 25-20 complete with eight significant turnovers.
Nease though winless with a opening 30-10 loss to Andrew Jackson and a 62-41 effort to unbeaten Creekside last week, could still be considered dangerous for the Golden Eagles as a well-coach, discipline and tough team that has had good efforts against Fleming Island. Nease had a strong finish last year (9-4) with playoff wins over Spruce Creek and Niceville, but a region final loss to eventual state runnerup Buchholz. Senior quarterback Marcus Stokes is multi-dimensional for the Panthers with 2700 passing yards and 22 TDs last year giving him the option to decommit from Penn State to go to U of Florida. Thus far, Stokes has just one rush touchdown in Nease’s two games and just 104 yards passing..Something up there?.
“He is still a football player we will have to contend with,” said Springs. “He’s still wheeling and dealing on offense for them, but they have had some unfortunate breaks and errors.”
Against Rickards
Against Rickards, Broughton had Singleton in his backfield for a brief time, but made better work of wide receivers Brenden Cook (80 yarder TD) and running back Musthafa Marshall off the edge for an 11 yard pass play for quick 14-0 Golden Eagle lead. Cook’s was a thing of beauty with a stretched out over-jump of his defender then a sprint to paydirt.
“Cibastian is playing at a whole new level with his patience in the pocket,” said Springs. “He took what he did last year, we assessed his strengths and weaknesses and our coaches, especially Donte Roberts, have improved his overall game.”
A bad snap finished with a field goal for Fleming Island to go up 17-0 before linebacker Abram Wright snatched a nifty over the shoulder interception near the Rickards 30 yard line with Broughton finishing up with scramble to toss to Trace Burney and a 24-0 Fleming Island lead in the second quarter.
Rickards scored off a short post pass in front of defensive back Kaylib Singleton to end the half at 24-7.
In the third, first play, Marshall stutter stepped through the line then blasted from the Fleming Island 30 to the Rickards 45 before Broughton danced the sidelines for a 32 yard scramble touchdown and a 31-7 Fleming Island lead.
Broughton would find Burney again on a drag route in the middle of three defenders to slice a pass and score play to a 37-7 lead.
“Musthafa is the kind of running back that can muscle into the line and get the tough yards, but people don’t expect him to be as fast in the open field as he is,” said Springs.
Rickards would again score off a pass to put the score to 37-14 late in the third quarter with Broughton finding Darion Domenick from midfield for a spectacular catch and dive inside the five to the two before Singleton blasted in for a 44-14 score.
Fleming Island’s final score came from successive handoffs to Tay’Shaun Smith who barreled two times; to the 31 and to the 16 before being escorted by his offensive line with massive tackle Braden Cunningham piledriving the pile into the end zone for the final Golden Eagle score.