Tigers have momentum going into Spring practice


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Holy Trinity’s Jashaun Corbin ran for 1,853 yards last season and should once again be a focal point of the Tigers offense.

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Loaded with skilled players and young, but experienced athletes, this may be the most comfortable spring football practice session the Holy Trinity Tigers have had under head coach Nate Hooks Jr.

After last year’s 7-4 season that saw Holy Trinity knock off Melbourne Central Catholic and advance to the Class 3A regional playoffs, the Tigers will have a little momentum going for them, too.

“I think we’re going to have a better season this year than we did last year with everybody maturing,” rising senior linebacker/halfback Tay Griffin said.

The Tigers, who began practice April 25, will host Jordan Christian Prep of Auburndale in their spring game May 20 at Catherine Ford Field.

While Holy Trinity will once again field a young roster, a number of key players not only earned playing time, but had plenty of success last season.

That will allow Hooks and his staff a chance to do more fine-tuning this spring than trying to teach players the system, and that can only help the Tigers in their preparation.

“Schematically, we won’t miss a beat,” Hooks said. “The guys know the system. We’ll be further along this spring than the previous
two springs.”

Leading the way for Holy Trinity will be rising junior Jashaun Corbin and rising senior Joc Perry, who were both selected to the Class 3A all-state first team last season by Floridahsfootball.com.

Corbin and Perry’s roles will be changing a little bit this spring.

After rushing for 1,853 yards with 22 touchdowns and 2,366 all-purpose yards last season, Corbin will see time at wide receiver, tailback and quarterback this spring.

Perry, who was a standout linebacker for the Tigers last season, in addition to playing quarterback, will also see time at tailback.

If that weren’t confusing enough for defenses, rising sophomore Preston Milo will see time at tailback, quarterback and H-back.

Rising freshman Larry Hill — who ran for 500 yards as an eighth grader last year — will play tailback and slot receiver.

“The offense is going to be hard to deal with,” Hooks said.

Defensively, the Tigers will be set at linebacker with Perry, Griffin and rising sophomore Sully Altman, who was second on the team in tackles last season. Rising senior Hunter Olinde, who had six sacks last season — his first year playing football — will anchor the defensive line.

If all of that weren’t exciting enough for the Tigers this spring, there are a lot of college scouts expected to be on campus. 

“A ton of D-I coaches are coming through to see Jashaun and that’s going to increase the visibility of the program,” Hooks said. “It should be an extremely exciting time for the other players.”