Holy Trinity smothers Jordan Christian Prep in spring football game

Holy Trinity takes a water break during Friday's 27-7 victory


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Holy Trinity's tenacious defense pressured Jordan Christian Prep all night during Friday's spring football game in Melbourne. The Tigers won 27-7.

Jeff Navin

The Jashaun and Joc Show will give opposing football players and coaches a few nightmares this fall. But, Holy Trinity Episcopal's defense could be just as formidable when the regular season begins in late August.

Jashaun Corbin ran for a 9-yard touchdown and caught scoring passes of 69 yards and 58 yards from Joc Perry as Holy Trinity rolled past Jordan Christian Prep of Auburndale 27-7 Friday night in a spring football game at Holy Trinity's campus in Melbourne. Perry also added a 10-yard scoring run for the Tigers.

Holy Trinity limited Jordan Christian to 45 yards of total offense. The Seahawks were held to a negative 7 yards on an assortment of running plays, sacks and fumbles which added up to 31 plays. Jordan Christian did record 52 yards of passing yards on three receptions, but 45 of those yards came on one play.

"We're small and young, but we got out there and played hard for four quarters, especially on defense,'' said Holy Trinity coach Nate Hooks Jr., who will begin his third season as the Tigers' head coach this fall. "Before the game, I looked out there [during warm-ups] and thought [Jordan Christian] had some big guys.''

Holy Trinity had just 17 players listed on its roster for the public address announcer, and Hooks said 22 dressed for the game.

"We had six guys out there who have never played football before,'' Hooks Jr. said. "Tyler Forde has only been here playing football for six days. I told him just to do what he does in basketball — just rely on his basketball principles only at defensive back. He's going to be a darn good player. We also have some heck of a football players coming out for us in the fall. We'll find some snaps for guys who play hard.''

Corbin just received a scholarship offer from Middle Tennessee. Florida Atlantic, Toledo and Kentucky already had offered him football scholarships. The number should increase once the season begins.

A strong defensive presence helped Holy Trinity score its first touchdown when it forced Jordan Christian to punt from its own end zone after the Seahawks had begun the possession from their own 20-yard line.

Jordan Christian was called for holding after a short gain on first down. Three consecutive losses of 7 yards, 2 yards and 2 yards on a third-down sack forced the punt and enabled Holy Trinity to take over at the Jordan Christian 33.

Perry ran to the left for 5 yards, and Corbin powered up the middle for 6 yards on second down. Three plays later, Corbin ran for 8 yards on a reverse to the right side and followed that with a 9-yard scoring run, also to the right side, with 11 minutes, 12 seconds to play in the second quarter. Preston Milo booted the first of three successful extra-point attempts to give Holy Trinity a 7-0 advantage.

The early celebration quickly came to an end as Dominique Brunson picked up a squib kick from Milo and raced 58 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. Jeancois Dominique kicked the point after touchdown to tie the game at 7 with 11 minutes to play in the second quarter.

Parts of the game were played under control conditions to limit injury and allow both squads to work on their special teams play without having to contend with a rush from center. There was no rushing on punts, field-goal attempts and PAT attempts. Along with that, punts were not returned after being fielded.

But, kickoffs were allowed to be run back after being fielded. This is where Holy Trinity was caught off guard as it did not close down the sideline on Brunson's return.

"We're going to have to work on that part of our kicking game,'' Hooks Jr. said.

Holy Trinity did not allow Jordan Christian much time to celebrate as Perry found Corbin open on a short pass route on the left side. Corbin then sprinted past two defenders to score a 69-yard touchdown. Milo converted the PAT to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead.

"He [Corbin] does what he does every game,'' Hooks Jr. said. "It doesn't matter who the opposition is. We move him around back there [tailback and wide receiver] to create some mismatches. Joc also is much bigger than other quarterbacks. I don't know of any other players who play both quarterback and linebacker.''

The Tigers extended their lead to 20-7 with 1:30 to play in the first half on Perry's 58-yard scoring strike to Corbin down the right sideline. Milo's PAT attempt was short.

Perry faked a handoff early in the third quarter and then ran up the middle 10 yards for a touchdown. Milo kicked the PAT to make it 27-7 with 9:03 remaining in the third quarter.

That drive was set up when Corbin intercepted a pass by Chris Lewis to give the Tigers the ball at the Seahawks' 34. Corbin ran for gains of 5 and 19 yards before Perry's touchdown run.