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Middleburg Broncos football team opens 2023 season against Hawthorne Hornets

Tony Salazar

The Middleburg Broncos football team opens the 2023 season at home on August 25 against the Hawthorne Hornets.

Despite having a 5-6 record in 2022, the team was able to secure a spot in the playoffs thanks to their elite rushing attack under head coach Ryan Wolfe.

The big question for the Broncos heading into 2023 is who will be their starting quarterback for week one. Jaydan Jenkins was the team's starter last year and returns for his senior year. Jenkins had 654 passing yards and six touchdowns with 482 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Even though Jenkins was the only player on Middleburg to record a passing attempt in 2022, Jenkins appears to take on a new role as a receiver/running back hybrid as Mason Zwilling started in their 28-7 loss in their spring game against Fleming Island. Jenkins still got some playing time at quarterback in the spring game after Zwilling went down with an injury. Middleburg fans will have to wait until week one to see who goes under center for the Middleburg Broncos for 2023.

With Wolfe reliant on the running game, senior running back Terrance Thomas jr will have to step up after Tj Lane and Mike Mitchell graduated last May. Lane and Mitchell combined for over 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2022. Thomas had 9.4 yards a carry on 32 carries for 302 yards and three touchdowns last season. Middleburg fans should expect a big year from Thomas as Wolfe’s offense is centered around the running game.

On the defensive side of the ball, Middleburg has contributors at all levels of the defense returning for 2023. Middleburg leading tackle Austin Cruce returns for his senior year for the Broncos. Cruce led the county in tackles with 104 and had a fumble recovery. Another returning senior is safety Errick Fryer. Fryer had 72 total tackles, two interceptions, one pass defensed and a blocked punt in 2022. Defensive back Jaden Boyd led the team in interceptions with three, 42 total tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Defensive linemen Tucker Cody and BJ Carter return to solidify the Broncos defensive line. Cody had 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks and seven hurries. Carter had 46 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and six hurries.

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