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Season recap: Fleming Island Golden Eagles finish with 5-4 record despite talented roster

Tony Salazar

The Fleming Island Golden Eagles finished the 2022 season with a 5-4 record and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Despite having the most talented roster in the county, with 18 players making the Clay County Coaches All County Football Teams, Fleming Island finished in last place in 4S District 3, going 0-4. Outside of their district play, Fleming Island went undefeated.

Starting on the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles had a dominant offensive line, all of the linemen made All-County and had 81 combined pancake blocks. USF Bulls commit Timothy Lawrence and Ethan Williams were nominated to the First Team, with Ethan Hoffstetter, Michael Zeray and Braden Cunningham making Second Team.

Behind the most dominating line in Clay County, Fleming Island sophomore quarterback Cibastian Broughton had a successful season, improving in all statistical categories from his freshman season in the toughest classification in the state of Florida. In 2021, Broughton completed 57% of his passes for 1,126 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. During this season, Broughton completed 63% of his passes for 1,504 yards and 16 touchdowns to five interceptions, finishing the season with a quarterback rating of 123.3 and a nomination for Second Team All-County. Broughton also rushed for 763 yards and seven touchdowns.

Broughton is a dual-threat quarterback that can hurt defenses with his strong arm or quickness on the ground. With two more years of high school left for Broughton, he has the potential to be a high-caliber recruit wanted by colleges across the country.

Fleming Island rushed for 2,386 yards and 25 touchdowns. Four-star FSU commit Sam Singleton had another successful season in his final year in the green and gold. Singleton rushed for 1,015 yards on 129 carries and 12 touchdowns. Mustafa Marshall, who made Honorable Mention in the All-County team as an offensive weapon, and Tay’shaun Smith both rushed for over 280 yards and combined for five touchdowns.

Fleming Island also had a dynamic receiving group. Freshman Trace Burney, who was voted Second Team, led the group with 424 yards, 17 yards per reception and four touchdowns. Darion Domineck, who was Honorable Mention, followed behind him with 363 yards and three touchdowns. Second Team tight end Dakota Rowe caught 12 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.

The Fleming Island defense had a lot of talent in the 2022 season as well. Starting with the heart of the defense, Abram Wright, who is a Rutgers commit and the First Team All-County middle linebacker, led the defense in 54 total tackles and eight tackles for loss. Wright also had one and a half sacks, two interceptions and five passes defended. Second-Team All-County Linebacker Jhoel Robinson was second on the team in total tackles, 44, and led the team with two forced fumbles.

Fleming had three defensive linemen make an All-County Team for the 2022 season. Jhace Edwards was First Team, Khalil Matthews was Second Team and Demhir Jackson was Honorable Mention. Edwards had 38 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and led the team with two sacks. Matthews had 32 total tackles, four tackles for loss and a half-sack. Jackson had 41 total tackles, three and a half tackles for loss and one sack.

Fleming cornerback Devante Lewis was also a dynamic piece to the defense in 2022. The Second Team All-County defender recorded 13 total tackles and led the team in interceptions with three.

One of the most underrated components of the game of football is special teams. Fleming Island had the best punter in the 2022 season in Kaan Jumanji, according to the Coaches All-County Team which voted him to the First Team. Jumanji had 12 punts for 551 total yards. His longest punt of the season was a 59-yarder and had an average punt of 45.9 yards per punt. Jumanji also had six punts where he pinned the opposing team inside their own 20-yard line.

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I am a graduate of the University of North Florida with a major in communication with a focus in journalism and a minor in sports management.

Green Cove Springs, FL

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