Holy Trinity football has young talent, promising future


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Junior Preston Milo, left, will play quarterback for the Holy Trinity Tigers this season.

CARL KOTALA

Talk about a youth movement.

This year’s Holy Trinity football team could feature as many as 11 freshmen and one eighth grader in the starting lineup this season.

The good news for the Tigers, though, is that a lot of that young talent can really play.

“It’s promising because these guys have a lot of talent,” Tigers coach Nate Hooks Jr. said. “We’re just in a situation where they have to play immediately as freshmen.”

First-team all-state junior linebacker Sullivan Altman and senior defensive back/wide receiver Tyler Forde — who holds a scholarship offer from Kentucky — should provide the young Tigers with the kind of experienced leadership they need to grow.

“We definitely have good athletes,” Altman said. “It’s just a matter of getting used to the high school level, which I think we will. They’ve just got to realize it’s a lot faster, a lot more physical.”

Of course, one of the biggest storylines for the Tigers this offseason was the departure of running back Jashaun Corbin, who after garnering more than 30 scholarship offers and committing to Florida State, decided to transfer to Rockledge for his senior season.

“He developed into one of the best all-purpose backs in the country. He’s a stud,” Hooks said. “It’s a head coach’s job to develop another one.”

The Tigers already might have that guy on campus. Freshman running back KeyShawn Spencer already has scholarship offers from Purdue and Kentucky — and he hasn’t even played a high school game yet.

“He’s a freak athlete, insanely fast and strong — especially for his age,” Altman said of Spencer.

Altman has also been impressed with the play of freshman linebacker Carlos Estronza.

“He’s physical, mean, plays aggressive,” Altman said.

With freshmen Rico Frazier and Andre Hutchinas on the end and senior Devin Braddock at the nose tackle, the Tigers will go with a five-man linebacking crew that includes Spencer, Estronza, Altman, Trey Palmer and Larry Hill.

Forde and transfer Lino Odenat will be the cornerbacks with freshman James BlackStrain at safety.

Offensively, the quarterback duties will be handled by junior Preston Milo or freshman JaLon Hudgins.

Spencer will be at running back with Hill and Estronza also seeing time there. Forde, BlackStrain and possibly Milo — if he’s not at quarterback — will be the top receiving threats.

Up front, the Tigers have Frazier and Hutchinas at the tackles, Braddock at center, Altman at one guard spot and either Jared Benhase or Timmy Hill at the other guard position.

“(Nearly) everybody on this team is pretty inexperienced,” Altman said. “So once we start playing more games, getting more used to the level of competition, we’ll definitely get a lot better. … If we continue to get better, anything’s possible.”