Tigers young, but optimistic about season


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Holy Trinity wide receiver Matt Austin looks for room to run on the first day of practice for the 2015 season. Austin, who will also play defensive back, will be one of the key players for the Tigers this season.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The first day of high school football practice couldn’t have come sooner for Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy coach Nate Hooks Jr.

“I’m ready,” he said. “I wish we were playing somebody this evening at 7.”

The Tigers’ Kickoff Classic on Aug. 21 against host Pembroke Pines Charter is still a couple of weeks away, giving Hooks and his staff a chance to sharpen things up in the meantime.

Holy Trinity had 28 kids on the roster on the first day, with perhaps six freshmen and one eighth grader in line for starting roles.

Nevertheless, with players like wide receiver Jashaun Corbin, wide receiver/DB Matt Austin, QB/LB Joc Perry and center James Rauhofer leading the way, Hooks was feeling optimistic about the Tigers’ season.

“Looking positive,” he said. “Even though we’re filled with ninth graders and 10th graders, we’re stronger than last year and they understand the plays better.

“… We may take some lumps, but we’re going to catch some people by surprise.”