Holy Trinity opens 2018 football season at Merritt Island


While there are a number of intriguing games on Holy Trinity’s 2018 football schedule, one matchup in particular stands out.

After hosting Fort Pierce Central in the Kickoff Classic on Aug. 17, the Tigers will open the regular season on the road with a game against a team with a great football tradition in Brevard County: The Merritt Island Mustangs.

“Merritt Island will be the biggest game in HT football history, just because of the long history that Merritt Island has,” said Tigers’ coach Nate Hooks Jr.. “And it’s an in-county game.

“This school has played the likes of American Heritage (Delray Beach) and Tampa Catholic and Jacksonville Bolles. But to play a team with that kind of pedigree is huge for the program, especially with as many young players as we will have.”

It will be a big game for Merritt Island, too, as new coach Hurlie Brown will be making his regular-season debut for the Mustangs.

But there’s plenty more for Holy Trinity football fans to chew on.

After playing Merritt Island in Week 1, the Tigers will head south to play American Heritage of Delray Beach.

Holy Trinity’s first regular-season home game will come Sept. 7 when Berean Christian comes to town. That will be followed by three consecutive road games — at West Oaks, John Carroll and Orlando Christian Prep — before the Tigers return home Oct. 5 to host Pembroke Pines Charter.

That matchup will be followed by home games against Agape Christian, Coral Springs Christian and Atlantic.

After dealing with a number of critical injuries and playing with a lineup that featured 13 eighth or ninth graders in the starting lineup, the Tigers are eager to show the county how much they’ve improved since last season.

And the Tigers can’t think of a better way to kick off a season they hope will end with a spot in the playoffs.

“I’m looking forward to playing a county game,” rising senior Lino Odenat said. “Since I’ve been here at Holy Trinity, we haven’t played a county game. I’m looking forward to that.”