Corbin’s big night helps send Holy Trinity seniors out in style
Talia Douglas named Homecoming Queen
Holy Trinity's Seth Coleman and Sully Altman (No. 54) sandwich Warner Christian quarterback Zack Hulec just as he releases the ball. Hulec's pass was intercepted by Tay Griffin and returned for a 70-yard touchdown.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The realization that this would be the last football game of their high school careers began to hit Holy Trinity’s Joc Perry and Tay Griffin as they made the walk from the locker room to the field.
“During the walkout is really when it got us,” Griffin said. “We knew we wanted to go out and fight with our team and call it a year.”
Holy Trinity’s only two seniors would each score a touchdown and junior Jashaun Corbin ran for 247 yards and four scores on just six carries as Holy Trinity defeated visiting Warner Christian 47-0 on homecoming night.
Talia Douglas was named the school’s Homecoming Queen at halftime.
While the Tigers (6-3) failed to reach their goal of making the playoffs, they certainly went out with a game – and a season -- to remember.
“Even though we didn’t make it to the playoffs, we still knocked off the (defending) California state champ (St. Bernard’s) and then went to Georgia to knock off the (defending) Georgia state champ (Memorial Day),” Perry said. “So we still accomplished a lot.”
That they did.
And with quite a young team, too. Of the 18 players on the roster, 16 of them were underclassmen.
On the offensive line, you had a seventh grader (Tim Hill) sharing time with an eighth grader (Jake Lang) at left tackle. The left guard spot was manned by freshman Brett Braddock with junior Devin Braddock at center, eighth grader Rico Frasier at right guard and sophomore Sully Altman at right tackle.
It’s a group that should only get better with time, and on this night, it was a group good enough to help spring some big plays.
The speedy Corbin did what he does best – find some daylight and outrun the defense to the end zone. He would score on runs of 65, 40, 54 and 69 yards.
Freshman Larry Hill would add a 56-yard touchdown run as well.
Then there was Perry, who scored on a 14-yard run, and Griffin, who picked off a Warner Christian pass and went 70 yards for the touchdown.
Defensively, the Tigers got the shutout with the help of several big plays.
When Warner Christian’s Marvin Scott broke loose for a big run down the field, it was Corbin who chased him down and pushed him out of bounds after a 61-yard run.
Then it was Holy Trinity’s Tyler Forde making a nice defensive play, adjusting to a Warner Christian pass to the end zone, beating the Eagles receiver to the ball and taking it away for the interception.
And finally, when Warner Christian appeared to be on the verge of returning a kickoff for a touchdown, the return man began celebrating just a little bit early and was caught by Seth Coleman at the Holy Trinity 8-yard line. The Eagles’ drive would stall out from there.
Coleman also partially blocked a punt.
It was a nice game to end a career on, a nice game to build on for the future.
“It feels great (to finish strong),” Griffin said, “especially with a team that … I know they’re going to do some amazing things next year.”
Like a lot of the Tigers, Corbin enjoyed playing with the duo. He called them “leaders.”
“I’ve been playing with them since I started high school football,” Corbin said. “I’ll miss them a lot.”
Holy Trinity coach Nate Hooks Jr. was asked what kind of impact Perry and Griffin have had on the program.
“We’re definitely going to miss Joc because of his aggressive nature on defense,” Hooks said. “He was the meanest guy on D, and being right there at the mike linebacker (spot), that’s going to be missed.
“Tay is the strongest guy on the team. That’s going to be missed.”