Holy Trinity looking for big things in 2016


Holy Trinity junior Jashaun Corbin gained more than 1,900 yards last season and will no doubt draw plenty of attention from opposing defenses in 2016. While Corbin will still rack up plenty of yards, the Tigers have a few other dangerous weapons, too.

photo by Carl Kotala

The Holy Trinity football team has a message for opposing defenses this season:

Go ahead and focus on stopping junior running back Jashaun Corbin.

Wait, no, that’s not really a message. It’s more like a dare.

Because as the Tigers plan on showing teams this season, Corbin may be coming off a 1,900-yard season … he may have scholarship offers from Southeastern Conference teams like Tennessee and Kentucky … but Holy Trinity has plenty of other weapons, too.

“The players are going to benefit so much from Jashaun’s presence,” Tigers coach Nate Hooks Jr. said. “On the field, it will open up three or four other guys. Jashaun will open it up for Joc Perry, LaAnthony Valentine, Tay Griffin and Larry Hill.

“All of those guys will have a better season because of the presence of Jashaun which now helps them off the field because they can be recruited.”

The addition of the speedy Valentine should really give the Tigers a boost, particularly if defenses overcommit to trying to stop Corbin.

Holy Trinity should also benefit from the arrival of 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior quarterback Jordan Wojciechowski, who transferred from Astronaut High.

“Now we can throw the ball more,” Corbin said. “Last year, it was run, run, run. This year, we can balance it out more.”

Defensively, Holy Trinity will benefit from the presence of Perry at middle linebacker along with linebacker Sully Altman, who was second on the team in tackles last season as a freshman.

PHOTO BY CARL KOTALA“The defense is going to be filled with athletes, more than we’ve ever had,” Hooks said. “And the name of the game on defense is going to be pressure and speed. We’re going to be extremely aggressive and Joc in the middle, it’s no secret, is the anchor of that defense.”

After making the playoffs last season, the Tigers believe they are not only ready to make another postseason run, but they will be much better than last year.

“Last year, we were young,” Corbin said. “This year, we have more experience. And we know what it’s like to be in the playoffs.”

If a proposal that is under consideration by the FHSAA goes through, teams would qualify for the playoffs under a point system rather than district play as early as next season.

That means this could be the last chance for the Tigers to break their Class 3A district title drought and win their first championship since 2004.

Couple that with the potential of going deep into the playoffs — say to the regional final or beyond — and that would suit Hooks and the Tigers just fine.

“That’s what we’re looking for,” the Tigers coach said. “That would be an extremely successful season.”