Talented Tigers eager to set tone this spring



The Holy Trinity Tigers plan to use spring football practice to set a tone for the 2018 season.

A tone that should make all of their 2018 opponents a little wary.

After all, how many teams — especially at a small school such as Holy Trinity — can boast having five returning players with a college scholarship offer?

“We only have 21 players,” Tigers coach Nate Hooks Jr. said. “That’s a lot of guys (who have offers). We’ve got schools in the county with 50, 80, 100 players in their program and they don’t have that.

“My focus is to get these guys offers because it changes their lives.”

Of those five, only linebacker Sullivan Altman (Keiser University) and defensive back Lino Odenat (Keiser) will be seniors next season.

The others are rising sophomore running back Keyshawn Spencer (Purdue, Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Middle Tennessee State), rising sophomore wide receiver James BlackStrain (Tennessee, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State) and rising junior running back Larry Hill (Middle Tennessee State, Northern Colorado).

Among the list of players who also could see a college scholarship offer come their way are rising sophomores Carlos Estronza (linebacker) and Andre Hutchinas (defensive end).

That group, along with a host of other returners including rising senior quarterback Preston Milo and rising freshman Timmy Hill, is eager to improve on a 2017 season that saw the Tigers go 2-7.

Not only did Holy Trinity have to deal with a rash of injuries that cost them key players for much of the season, but the Tigers started 13 players that were either eighth graders or freshmen.

Now, they’re a year older and a lot healthier.

The Tigers will play their spring game at 7 p.m. May 24 at Windermere High School.

“We just want to look like
a fine-tuned machine,”
Hooks said.