Young Tigers look to light up football scoreboard


Holy Trinity sophomore receiver Jashaun Corbin (center, with ball) will be the key to the Tigers’ high-powered offense this season.

Photo by Carl Kotala

They may not have a lot of experience, or a deep bench. But if you want to beat the Holy Trinity football team this season, there is something you’re going to have to do:

Score a lot of points.

“I don’t think we’ll be in any 7-3 games,” Tigers coach Nate Hooks Jr. said.

Led by sophomore receiver Jashaun Corbin, who is already getting looks from major Division I college programs, Holy Trinity’s offense figures to be in high octane mode this season.

“It’s going to be very high-scoring,” junior quarterback Jacquel (Joc) Perry said. “It’s (a) no-huddle, air it out (offense). Defenses are going to get tired. That’s why we train to last for a long time.”

Although he saw time — including one start — at quarterback last season behind Daniel Welch, this will be Perry’s first full season leading the offense for the Tigers.

He said he has improved on his footwork, his accuracy and his strength.

“I got a little bit of a test (last year), and the spring game this year,” he said. “I feel like I’m ready.”

In addition to Corbin, the Tigers will rely on senior wide receiver Matt Austin. Known more for his skills on the soccer field, Austin should be ready to surprise people this season, Hooks said.

Other key Tigers include senior center James Rauhofer, senior offensive lineman/linebacker Andre Neuharth, freshman cornerback Cortez Reed and Cameron McKenzie, a 6-foot-9, 311-pound senior from England who had never played football until last year.

McKenzie is being moved from tackle to guard this season.

While the Tigers definitely have talent, they will also have three freshmen starting on defense and an eighth grader starting on their offensive line.

With only 28 players on the roster, depth will once again be a concern, especially in a tough district that features traditional powers Melbourne Central Catholic and John Carroll.

The season opened Aug. 28 at home against Cornerstone Academy followed by a game at Jacksonville Harvest. After a bye week, the Tigers will host MCC on Sept. 18.

“As long as we improve, that’s a successful season,” Hooks said. “Being better than you were yesterday, better than you were last week. Ultimately, that equals better than you were last season. That’s how we’ll measure success.”

As the undermanned Tigers have shown in the past, it would be a mistake to overlook them.

“I think we’re going to try to pull some rabbits out of our hats,” Hooks said. “We’ve got six home games this year. We’ve got to produce at home. All I want is to pursue getting better, pursue perfection.

“If we continue to get better than we are now, we’ll win some games.”