Corbin, Perry fuel Tigers win against MCC


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Holy Trinity's Jashaun Corbin (with ball) ran for 184 yards and scored three touchdowns -- including the game-clincher on a 42-yard fake punt -- as the Tigers upset MCC 32-24 Friday night

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

In what was easily the biggest win since Nate Hooks Jr. took over the Holy Trinity football program, the Tigers defeated visiting arch rival Melbourne Central Catholic 32-24 Friday night.

“Yes, this is easily the biggest win since I've been here,” the second-year coach wrote in an email. “I wanted it so much for the players. I wanted them to feel exactly the way they're feeling tonight.”

Sophomore Jashaun Corbin ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-clinching score on a 42-yard fake punt with 1:11 remaining in the game.

Quarterback Joc Perry ran for a pair of touchdowns and also had an interception.

Not only did the win snap a six-game losing streak to MCC, it also gave the Tigers (2-1) a huge advantage in the three-team Class 3A, District 6 standings. If they can beat John Carroll at home on Oct. 30, they will win the outright district title.

Holy Trinity’s defense shut out MCC through three quarters as the Tigers were able to build an 18-0 lead.

“We couldn’t have asked for more,” Hooks said.

However, with eight players starting on both sides of the ball – plus special teams – fatigue began to settle in during the fourth quarter and the Hustlers staged a furious rally.

That the Tigers were able to fend off MCC was a credit to the entire team.

“They were mentally tough enough to rise above those conditions and beat a team that is well-respected around the state,” Hooks wrote. All of our guys should be proud of themselves, enjoy this moment, and be ready to prepare for Cocoa Beach (on Saturday).”